Ruth is an American who travels to Athens whenever she can. She has visited the Athens Coast during every season, mainly preferring fall and spring.
Why did you choose to stay along the coast?
I’ve always been drawn to the water. I currently live in New Mexico and don’t see much of it!
Which is your favorite beach and why?
I’m more of an ‘off-season beach person’. I enjoy walking along the beach and spending time near the water, not necessarily in it. I like the path along all of the Glyfada public beaches. Kavouri is also a nice place for a walk and a drink along the seaside.
What is your favorite area to spend time in during the day and why?
I really enjoy shopping in Glyfada and taking my time going into all of the shops and checking out the side-streets and malls as well. I have spent some nice times with friends and family at Balux House Project.
For a night out, which area do you prefer and why?
Glyfada has so many options for nightlife. It is all walkable, which is very nice coming from America, where you have to drive everywhere. Molly Malones has a nice atmosphere and the bar at Moouu has great cocktails.
Do you have any tips for someone who is visiting the Athens Coast for the first time?
I think many people miss out on the Coast because they stay in the center of Athens and don’t leave that area. I prefer to stay on the Coast and do day trips into the center. The tram is very easy to just get on in Glyfada and end up in the center with no transfers.
You don’t need a car! Even if you want to go to Sounio, you can arrange for a taxi driver to take you there and back and if you have a few people, the cost is nothing outrageous.
Go to the farmer’s market on Thursday in Glyfada!!!
What should the rest of the world know about the Athens Coast?
It is very different from the center of Athens. Really night and day. There is more of a relaxed vacation feeling on the Coast, whereas the city center is hustle and bustle. I don’t feel like I am missing out if I do not go to an island each trip.