Southern Suburbs: Welcome to the Athens Riviera

Photo credits: Zisimos Zizos / Municipality of Glyfada
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The Southern Suburbs of Athens steal the show with their sandy beaches, lush greenery, luxury shops and hotels, and vibrant nightlife.

Whether you are a big fan of the center of Athens, or an admirer of the Northern Suburbs, you can’t help but love the Southern Suburbs. Especially when you visit the Athens Riviera, which has nothing to envy its European counterparts, you will probably fall in love at first sight. The cosmopolitan flair prevails every way you look. The sea, the coastal route, and the places for food or drink, always exude a summer feeling regardless of the time of the year.

Starting from Piraeus and Neo Faliro, and as you drive by the coast, the “gifts” of Athens’ south reveal themselves one after another: Paleo Faliro, Alimos, Kalamaki, Glyfada, Voula, Vouliagmeni, Varkiza and Vari. The choices are countless and there is a place for every different taste.

Living in the Southern Suburbs has some perks, that none of the other areas in Attica can offer.

So, what makes the Southern Suburbs stand out?

1. Glyfada & Vouliagmeni

The “heart” of the Southern Suburbs beats in Glyfada, there is no question about it. Glyfada is the connecting link to the south, while it is relatively close to the center of Athens. At the same time, it is the largest commercial, gastronomic and entertainment hub of the Athens Riviera. Here you will find shops and boutiques you won’t find anywhere else, as well as the most popular all-day café bars and restaurants.

Now, imagine all the above, with less traffic and an even more impressive natural landscape. You guessed right, it’s the cosmopolitan Vouliagmeni we are talking about, one of the most sought-after areas of Athens. It stands out for the famous area of Lemos, the one-of-a-kind natural wonder Vouliagmeni Lake, impressive 5-star hotels and the breathtaking view. Vouliagmeni brings the “island breeze” to Athens every day.

2. The sea – every way you look

The Beach of Glyfada – Photo credits: Zisimos Zizos

In the Southern Suburbs everything revolves around the sea. And how could it be different, as people reside so close to the coastline? If for the rest of Athens football is the most popular sport, in the Athens Riviera has a different king of sports: water-based activities, like surfing, water polo, kite surfing and swimming are prevalent and most locals practice them year round.

In case you are not a fan of water sports or sunbathing, you can just enjoy the sea view. Even from your balcony. Yes, it’s true, in most southern parts of Athens, you can literally enjoy the sea and sunset from the safety and calmness of your own balcony.

Find unique homes by the sea in Athens’ Southern Suburbs and enjoy the beauty of Greek summer 12 months a year!

3. The quality of life

The sea is not the only asset of everyday life in the Southern Suburbs. Of course, to have beaches in walking distance from your home is priceless, but, the Athenian South has a lot more to offer. If you love outdoor activities, you are in the right place, as you will find plenty of space for walking, running, cycling and – of course – golf, which is particularly famous among South-Athenians.

The “neighborhood vibes” prevail in most areas, even in the bustling Glyfada, and, of course, your options for food, recreational activities and leisure are endless and of top quality. If you have a family, there is no better place to live, as the kids will love the green spaces, the big parks and your Sunday morning walks by the sea.

Looking for a house or apartment to buy in the Southern Suburbs of Athens? Check out the most impressive residences and discover the “summer” beauty of the Athenian South.

Useful info

Population: Approximately 500,000 inhabitants

Hot spots: GlyfadaVouliagmeni, Lemos and Lake Vouliagmeni, Panorama VoulasEllinikoPaleo Faliro.

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