Eerie and other-worldy, yet friendly and welcoming at the same time, a rare geological phenomenon as well as a place of unrivalled beauty. Contrasts and mystery combine in one of the loveliest saltwater lakes in Greece, right in the heart of the Athenian Riviera. Lake Vouliagmeni captures the imagination from the very first glance.
A geological treasure for everyone to enjoy
Blue-green water, clean and warm, that never falls below 22ºC; tiny fish that provide a free fish spa; wooden deck and lush green surroundings; a massive rock cliff which conceals a cave and 14 tunnels, one of which is the largest in the world at 800 meters long. And a stalagmite recently discovered at a depth of 105 meters, 730 meters from the cave’s entrance, represents yet another mystery – since stalagmites do not form below the surface of the water.
Activities set in a natural marvel
A visitor to Lake Vouliagmeni can enjoy a swim in its therapeutic waters, outdoor yoga and pilates, a playground for children and a priceless experience of wellbeing and relaxation in a remarkable natural environment which has been included in the national catalogue of protected NATURA 2000 sites.
Goudi Park in the area of the same name; Veakeio Theater in Kastella on the hill of Profitis Ilias (Prophet Elijah); Vrahon (Rocks) Theater “Melina Mercouri” in Vyronas; Petras (Stone) Theater in Petroupoli; the Garden Theater in Papagou; Technopolis in Gazi; the Numismatic Museum and the Benaki Museum; Plateia Nerou (Water Plaza) in Faliro; Piraeus Street 260 in Tavros; the open-air Theater of Zografou; the gardens of the Athens Concert Hall; the Odeon of Herodes Atticus… Dozens of open-air concert venues in Athens and the surrounding suburbs echo with music and fill the summer nights with theater and dance.
Long summer nights filled with art
In every open-air concert venue, all summer long until the first days of Autumn, tens of thousands of Athenians and visitors from every corner of the globe gather here in the evenings to sing, dance, remember and be moved. These open-air spaces in Athens have something magical about them, a mix of joy and melancholy too – like memories of our childhood years. They bring us into contact with the newest developments in the performing arts. Choose a concert, event or play, and let your soul rejoice.
Of particular interest:
At the end of Syngrou Avenue – the sea. To the right stands the building which symbolizes the “new” Athens. A gift of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, this impressive structure gracefully dominates the site and seems to float above the shimmering bay which stretches out from the Faliron Delta. Inside, the building embraces the new National Library and opera house of the Greek National Opera and dozens of closed and open spaces for conferences and cultural events. Take a stroll through its Mediterranean gardens and breathe in the aroma of the many different native Greek herbs and flowering plants.
From the Faliron Delta to Edem Beach
With the sea on your right, begin your walk by the church (and tram stop) of Agia Skepi (Holy Protection); past the humble little chapel of Agios Georgios (St. George); the impressive marina with its yachts and sailboats; and the Trocadero area, with its floating Naval Museum, the Battleship George Averof. Continue along a fine wide promenade among strollers and bikers of every age, stopping at the outdoor chess boards or the sculptures which dot the shore from Batis to Edem Beach.
A return trip with dozens of stops
On your return if you’re feeling tired, take the tram for a different kind of urban transport experience. Travel through time to the beginning of the last century, when wealthy city merchants built their country houses and later their permanent homes, adding a touch of architectural glory and finesse to the area.
Five islands within the Argosaronic Gulf, with four of them commanding the preference among Greeks and foreigners alike who come all the way here even for one day, to see them up close. Aegina, Hydra, Spetses, Poros and a little further down the more modest but incredible Agistri.
5 ornaments just a few miles from the port of Piraeus
A short distance from Athens, these five islands are noted for their quick and easy access from the port of Piraeus, their cosmopolitan character and cheerful ambience, archaeological importance, glorious history, quiet beaches and great shopping. In the bosom of the Argosaronic Gulf, Hydra, with the grand manors of the fighters of the Greek revolution for independence in 1821, without any automotive transportation whatsoever, just donkeys for those who cannot or do not wish to explore it on foot, is the favourite destination of many a sail boat. Spetses, with the beautiful bike trails, the historical monuments and the wind-protected beaches. Poros, fragrant with the lemon scent drifting from the Lemon Forest of the neighbouring Galatas right across on the Peloponne peninsula, with its capital built on two hills and the impressive historical and religious monuments, and Aegina, with the lavish choices in food, entertainment, beaches and accommodation, preserves its authenticity untouched.
Choose a vessel and sail with goodwind
Whichever destination you pick, the islands of the Argosaronic Gulf stretch before you, sparkling and tranquil. Whether you choose to travel with the slow little boat, the fast speedboat or a sail boat, the islands of the Argosaronic Gulf are the best choice for day trips.