6+1 beaches near Athens for the first dives

By | April 30, 2023

A breath away from Athens there are incredible beaches to escape to and make your first dives.

The season has arrived when the first dives begin and in fact there are clean beaches, with crystal clear waters, a short distance from the center of Athens. Disorganized and organized, with crystal clear blue waters, in beautiful landscapes, the beaches are the best way to combine them with a day trip enjoying the first dives of the season.

During this period, the beaches are not yet crowded, so if you don’t like crowds, you will enjoy your swim in the cool waters in peace and you will not suffer until you reach your final destination.

We have selected seven beaches with fantastic waters in beautiful natural settings, ideal for families with small children, but also for lovers of water sports so you can take the first dips of the season.

Amazing beaches near Athens


Pefkias beach is located in Xylokastro, just 120 kilometers from Athens, and is surrounded by a pine forest. It is a long beach in the Gulf of Corinth that has turquoise waters and pebbles, while most of it is without sunbeds or umbrellas.

An ideal beach for families with small children where it can be combined with a day trip, even a picnic in the lush forest of Pefkia, one of the most beautiful forests in Greece.

Kalogerolimano – Sofiko

Crystal clear waters, pebbles in the sand and pine trees that reach the sea you will find yourself as soon as you arrive at Kalogerolimano beach, located near Sofiko.

Kalogerolimano beach is an hour and a half from Athens, it is not so well known, so you can enjoy your dips in crystal clear waters with peace of mind, it has nothing to envy to those of the islands.

It is not an organized beach, so you must take the essentials with you, such as water, food and adequate sun protection.


An hour from Athens lies Alykes Beach in Chalkida, an ideal spot for a day trip. Alykes is one of the most beautiful beaches with shallow blue waters that will delight the little ones.

Some parts of the beach are organized, with sunbeds and showers, and some are not, you can enjoy water sports, while at the top of the road there are coffee and food shops.

Milling – Loutraki

Mylokopi beach is located in the municipality of Loutraki-Perachora-Agioi Theodoros and upon arrival you will be impressed by the crystal clear waters, while the whole landscape reminds you of being on an island.

Mylokopi is a “double” beach, which was created after an earthquake and along the entire coast there is a pine forest, uniquely combining the mountain with the sea. One side of the double beach has dark sand and the other is more impressive with cracked broken flagstones. Mylokopi is also not an organized beach, so you should have everything you need with you.

Erotospelia – Porto Rafti

One of the most famous beaches in the area, Erotospilia is only 40 minutes from the city center and is located at the end of the settlement of Agios Spyridon. You will leave your car on the road and go down a very small path.

The dark blue waters of Erotospilia are clear, but they go very deep, so it is not a favorite beach for families. Of course, in some places there is no shortage of the famous caves that gather people during the summer months.

Legraine – Sounio

Legrain beach is just an hour from the city center and about half an hour from the southern suburbs, where residents regularly visit for the first swims of the season.

For many years Legraini beach has been a kind of “hidden secret” and was known to those who lived or had their holiday homes in the wider area, while now it gathers more and more visitors.

The crystal clear, lounge-less waters are best for those who want to spread out their towel and swim in beautiful waters. At the moment you don’t have a problem with overcrowding, but as the temperatures rise, people will find an escape to Legraina.

Schinias – Marathon

Schinias Beach is one of the best known and most popular in Attica, it is located in Marathon and is the ideal place for families with small children and those who practice water sports to enjoy their bath. Among the advantages we also include the unique landscape of the place, where there is a lush green forest along the long beach, in fact, it belongs to the Natura 2,000 network.

It is one of the largest beaches in Attica where there are places with sunbeds and umbrellas, while some are completely unorganized. The area of ​​the beach bars gathers a large number of visitors, being considered the “paradise of sea sports”.

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