No Widgets found in the Sidebar

Athens Hilton Pool
Afternoon swimSummer’s here and the mercury is rising in Athens – but that’s no reason to avoid this amazing, cosmopolitan city. Plant yourself in Athens and enjoy everything the city has to offer, chill out in the shade of a streetside cafe, enjoying the cool wet air the misters provide as you nurse a Greek iced coffee or freddo, explore the Acropolis early in the morning and a breezy sunset in the late afternoon from the top of Mount Lykavittos. Mid day, enjoy the cool air conditioned comfort of Athens many fine museums, or work on your suntan like a true Athenian – head to a nearby beach or outdoor pool.

Where to swim in and around Athens?

Attica is surrounded by water, and while there are many, many beaches lining the seashore, only 4 have been awarded the “Blue Flag” designation for clean, clearly waters, litter free beachfronts in an organized atmosphere. All four of the following beaches fit this criteria and are also handicapped accessible:

Pounta Zeza in the municipality of Lavrio (eastern Attica). This quiet sandy beach has no motorized watersports – enjoy your afternoon in peace. You can catch a KTEL bus from Pedion Areos in front of Green Park in downtown Athens.
Votsalakia, in Piraeus, is surrounded by a large park with organized water sports and beach volleyball. Easily reached from Athens by metro or tram.
Voula “A”, Vari/Voula, mostly sandy with patches of small pebbles, the south suburbs best beach offers water sports,
beach volleyball, soccer courts and also even archery for the closet Robin Hood!
Zefyros Beach, on the island of Salamia, this fine pebble beach has an organized beach bar and hotel nearby. Frequent ferry service operates from the port of Piraeus for the quick trip to this island.

Public Indoor and Outdoor Swimming Pools

The Athens Hilton has an amazing outdoor pool, popular with Athenian families during the summertime. For 35 euro per person (weekdays) and 55 euro per person (weekends) you can relax by the pool while the kids splash around and make new Greek friends. The admission includes a clothes locker and pool towels.

The Divani Caravel hotel, at 2, Vas. Alexandrou Avenue, just up the street from the Hilton, has a rooftop pool so you can enjoy the views while cooling off in the pool. Admission is 40 euro/weekdays, 50 euro/weekends – admission includes soft drinks to keep you hydrated as well as pool towels.

By Athensguide

How does a little girl from Skokie, Illinois find herself in historical Athens, leading curious explorers through the winding streets of Plaka, down "pezodromos" to hidden ouzeries for tempting mezedhes and homemade barrel wine? The journey began more than twenty years ago, and regardless of whether the wanderlust comes from the spiritual and culture DNA flowing through my veins, or the alignment of the stars on that cold mid-December day this Sagitterian came into the world, I never seem to tire of exploring my adopted homeland of Greece. Here you'll join me as I explore Athens: be it the back streets of Psirri and Gazi, or through the National Gardens and Zappeio where a family of turtles makes their home, or down wide, treelined Imittou Street in Pagrati, which pulses with Athenian life 24 hours a day. And while Athens has stolen my heart, the rest of Greece vies for my curiousity and wanderlust. My two guys (that'd be the Greek God, Vasilis and our Greek dog, Scruffy) and I can often be found settling in for a long weekend in some charming mountain village, or a quaint fishing port on a nearby island, or learning how Greek vitners are producing wines that rival some of Napa Valley's finests productions, or celebrating a panayeri in Epirus or sharing in the festivities as a family of Cretan sheepherders come together to sheer their 1500 sheep in the spring ... And if you happen to find yourself heading to Athens, consider finding yourself a real home for your stay. Living amongst the locals, be it for 3 nights or 3 weeks, will offer you the chance to experience true Athens, beyond the Acropolis. Choose from one of our 5 beautiful penthouse and historical homes, and who knows, I may be leading you down that winding "pezodromo" to our favorite hidden ouzerie!