Separated from the sea by Posidonos Avenue, Faliro was once a seaside village of fishermen, shepherds and farmers. Now its inner streets are dense with apartment blocks courtesy of the 1960s building boom. On the palm-lined promenade, play parks, an outdoor cinema and a luxe marina generate a year-round resort vibe.
Revived for the 2004 Olympics, this popular coastal suburb leans towards leisure. It may not possess the strong character of gritty Exarchia or cultured Kolonaki, but what Palio Faliro (shortened to Faliro by the locals) lacks in charisma, it makes up for with its pole position. It’s the gateway to the Athens Riviera and an easy jump off point for Piraeus and the city centre. Restaurants and cafes dot pretty, glitzy Flisvos Marina, while its beach and waterfront promenade are a quick and scenic escape from urban life. The arrival of the game-changing Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre in neighbouring Kallithea in 2016 has also helped connect the dots and bring more dash to the area.