When you think of Greece you think of sunshine, at least I do, so here’s the obligatory beach post.
During my recent visit to Greece we spent a day at YaBanaki Beach. It’s a gorgeous long sandy beach extending along the coastal road leading from Varkiza to Sounion, a 30-minute drive from the centre of Athens, easily accessible by taxi, tram and bus.
Athens offers a range of public and private beaches. Yabanaki Beach is a private beach so you have to pay a charge to enter, but for that you get a clean, organised beach with a range of facilities, including restaurants, a bar, loungers, umbrellas and beach huts available to rent.
Notice the continued graffiti theme in ours.
I also spotted a children’s play area a short walk from the entrance, and by the water the reassuring sight of lifeguards keeping a watchful eye. Parents notice these things. The beach felt safe and family friendly and I’d be happy to take IJ there.
For teenagers and adults more daring than me there are plenty of water sports to try out, including windsurfing, water skiing and banana boating.
The slides on these boats will appeal to children who aren’t quite ready to jump on a surfboard.
Or you could just relax in the sun and enjoy the view, as I did.
And check out the bar food.
From Yabanaki Beach you can explore the coastal resort of Varkiza and head into the nearby towns of Vari and Vouliagmeni. I’ve noted that down for a future visit.
I’d also like to take a one-day tour to the islands, although you don’t have to leave Athens to enjoy the beach, which I hadn’t really appreciated prior to my visit. I’d associated Athens with archaeological sites, not gorgeous sandy beaches.
Earlier in our stay we’d met start-up company Incrediblue. The company connects travellers with trusted boat owners and travel experts so you can hire a boat and explore the area by sea. Definitely one to consider if you visit the coast and something else I’d like to try.
Finally, a cautionary note about sunscreen and note to self.
The sun, even at the end of May, is strong. Don’t do what I do and accidentally leave several areas of skin without sunscreen. Worth taking that little bit of extra time to ensure you’re fully covered and therefore protected.
A lesson learned in my case. I was lucky as only a small area was affected and it cleared up within a week. Not nice though, so take care out there and stay safe in the sun. It is all too easy to burn and to remain completely unaware that you are doing so. Slap on the sunscreen and reapply at regular intervals. It’s simply not worth the risk of not doing so.