Just a short drive from downtown Athens, the relaxing Athens Riviera is made up of golden sandy beaches and pine-covered hills with views of the Aegean islands. A popular spot for local Athenians, it's also a great base for visitors looking to enjoy the best of both worlds - days spent exploring the ancient historical sites such as the spectacular 440BC Temple of Poseidon, and relaxed evenings with sundowners and beachside dining. Let us show you what we love about this part of Greece.
Athens Riviera Attractions
- Vouliagmeni Lake
Just a 5-minute drive from the Hotel, this natural thermal pool is known for its therapeutic properties and dramatic cliff-side setting. Soak in the warm waters, which hover in the mid-20s Celsius, or take advantage of the “natural fish spa” for some foot grooming by the local Garra Rufa fish.
- Temple of Poseidon
At the tip of Cape Sounio – about 50 kilometres (30 miles) south of the Hotel – sits the Temple of Poseidon, dating back to 440 BC, dedicated to the God of the Sea. An imposing site perched above the sea at the edge of dramatic cliffs, it’s especially beautiful at sunset when the golden light shines on the columns and the sun’s rays dip into the waters of the Aegean.
- Archelon Sea Turtle Rescue Centre
Just a 10-minute drive from the Hotel is the Archelon Sea Turtle Rescue Centre in Glyfada, offering rehabilitation to sick or injured sea turtles before releasing them back into the wild. Visit on the weekend to learn about the turtles, meet the volunteers caring for these beautiful creatures and consider making a donation to the ongoing efforts.
- Coast Road Drive
A drive down the coast from the Hotel to the far end of the peninsula will take you past public and private beaches and hidden coves perfect for a dip in the waters, as well as roadside tavernas where you can sample fresh local fish and seafood in a traditional Greek setting. Time your drive for afternoon and end the day at what is one of the highlights of any visit to the Athens Riviera – the spectacular clifftop Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounio.
- Astir Marina
Located opposite the Hotel on the other side of the peninsula, Astir Marina was one of the first to be established in Greece and today is a preferred place to moor yachts. Come here to set sail or cruise the waters to explore our nearby islands, hidden coves, snorkelling spots and diving sites.
- Astir Beach
Over the decades, Hollywood stars, musicians and politicians have all visited Astir Beach, established in 1959. Located next to Four Seasons, it's also home to the ancient Temple of Apollo Zoster.
Along the coast, there are amazing views of distant islands and authentic little fishing villages – great spots to enjoy freshly grilled fish and Greek coffee. One of my favourite places to visit is Vouliagmeni Lake, surrounded by magnificent cliffs.Sam Ioannidis General Manager
- 30-minute drive from the Hotel
Called the “Cradle of Western Civilization," Athens is home to some of the richest history on earth, from well-known sites including the Acropolis and Parthenon, to smaller ruins sandwiched between cafes and boutiques. Don't miss the Acropolis Museum, and make sure to stop in one of the city's dynamic tavernas for a glass of local wine.
Our Top Athens Picks
- The Acropolis and Parthenon
- The Acropolis Museum
- The National Archaeological Museum
- The Ancient Agora
- The Benaki Collection of Museums
- Byzantine and Christian Museum
- Museum of Cycladic Art
- National Museum of Contemporary Art
- Hadrian’s Arch
- The Panathenaic Stadium
- The district of Plaka
- Syntagma Square and the Changing of the Guard
- Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre
- Summer outdoor cinemas