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nm1999

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Whenever I am in Athens, I break up all the sightseeing and exploring with a good beach day. Astir Beach is one of my favorites. There's plenty of services nearby and it's in Vouliagmeni, which is a nice community on the outskirts of Athens.

Do you guys have a favorite Athens area beach?

I also like other beaches near Athens, but not as much as Astir. My list:

1. Schinisia Beach
2. Cape Sounion Beach
3. Glyfada Beach
 
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k_tsoukalas

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Of the beaches that you mentioned, I only remember the names of two of them. - Glyfada and Cape Sounion. However, it is very possible I've been to some of the others - the names aren't always super obvious and basically if I see a beach I like, I just spend time there. I don't always track down the name!
 
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Hash

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Whenever I am in Athens, I break up all the sightseeing and exploring with a good beach day. Astir Beach is one of my favorites. There's plenty of services nearby and it's in Vouliagmeni, which is a nice community on the outskirts of Athens.

Do you guys have a favorite Athens area beach?

I also like other beaches near Athens, but not as much as Astir. My list:

1. Schinisia Beach
2. Cape Sounion Beach
3. Glyfada Beach
I lived behind Astir Beach near the Tennis clubs before moving to Ano Glyfada.... fabulous beaches....Try Varkiza up the road after Astir Beach and Voullagmeni ....back in 1984 I think we rented out the whole of Astir Palace for our Convention.... what an amazing time we all had!
 
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nm1999

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I lived behind Astir Beach near the Tennis clubs before moving to Ano Glyfada.... fabulous beaches....Try Varkiza up the road after Astir Beach and Voullagmeni ....back in 1984 I think we rented out the whole of Astir Palace for our Convention.... what an amazing time we all had!
Thank you so much for the tips - I will be sure to try to Varkiza. Seems like a great place to have lived! I've heard stories from people who lived there during that time ...
 

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My next trip to Greece is going to happen soon - maybe late summer of 2023. At first, I thought there would be just a few of us, but the group has grown considerably. Everyone has different travel styles and everyone is chiming in about what they want from the trip. Here are what people desire:

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