Unlike what most people think, the beaches in Greece are an ideal place for outdoor play all year around. The mild weather is ideal for playing with water and sand, even in autumn and winter. In my article Beach Please! I listed my personal top 5 favorite family friendly beaches in Athens. Most of the beaches in this list are beach clubs with an entrance fee. But there are more beaches on the Attica peninsula and many of them are free or public beaches. The best Athens beaches are spread all along the southern and the north eastern side of the peninsula. They start at Kastella near the port of Piraeus and end at Cape Sounion.
Some of these beaches are organized with chairs and umbrella’s and/or a beach bar or taverna. At these beaches you will pay for using the chairs and umbrella. Sometimes the chairs are free but it is expected that you buy a refreshment or snack from the bar or restaurant.
For swimming, I find the water quality and cleanliness very important. The Blue flag organization is always a good reference for the cleanliness of the sea and beaches. In 2016, Greece was in third place among 50 countries, regarding awarded beaches. 7 Blue flag beaches are located in the Attica region, these are all sandy beaches and start from Voula towards the South and on the East side of Attica.
This beach is located at a distance of 45 km from Athens at the North East side. In summer it can get very busy in the weekends with many young people and music but during the weekdays and off season this beach is one of my favorites. A long stretch of sandy beach in the Marathon Bay, clean water, organized and surrounded by many watersports centres in case your children are old enough.
Markopoulo – Avlaki Beach
This beach gets very crowded in summer and weekends but is ideal in autumn. It is organized with umbrellas, chairs, showers and snacks. At a 100 meter distance from Avlaki is Panorama beach, not organized but very good for families.
Mavro Lithari – Eden Beach
Located on the coastal road to Sounio. A sandy beach with pebbles and rocks too but suitable for young children. I have been to this beach in spring time when the water is still rather cold but crystal clear. In fact, this beach has been awarded a Blue Flag for its clear water many times in the past.
Lagonisi – Grandbeach Lagonisi
This beach has been described in my list of favorite beach clubs here. It is located at a 40 km distance Southeast from Athens. If you don’t want to visit the beach club, take your family to the sandy beach right next to it. Not organized but the same Blue flag awarded waters and no entrance fees!
Varkiza is nice town to visit during a family excursion all year round. There are many taverns and playgrounds and the beach is sandy with volley courts, water games and open play areas. My favorite beach for families in Varkiza is in Yabanaki beach. Varkiza is a small town and one of the most developed and popular areas in the southern suburbs, quite lively during the summer season.
18 km south of Athens and one of the most popular in the capital. Very suitable for families, a very long sandy beach with cafeterias, taverns and organized umbrellas and chairs in summer.
This was a list of the Blue Flag beaches. For more information please visit the website. These are the beaches that I have visited myself with my family, both in summer and in winter. What are you favorite beaches around Athens?
Celeste Tat is an expat living in Greece for 20+ years of which 16 years in Athens. She is the mother of 2 young children and always searching for family friendly activities and vacation destinations. She is the creator of Family Experiences Blog and the exclusive Blogger and Community Manager for Family Goes Out in Greece.