Vouliagmeni Lake

Price guide: Mid-range

Poseidonos Avenue, Vouliagmeni, Athens, 16771

Price guide: Mid-range

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Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with teenagers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Sporty types, Chilling out, Great views / scenery, Nature / wildlife

Best for Fun - Expert review of Vouliagmeni Lake

Healing waters and a free fish foot massage.

Beaches line the southern coastal suburbs of Athens. They’re packed in summer, but a few hardy Athenians swim in the sea all year round. Personally, I’m much too chicken. But I have been known to brave the mineral waters of Lake Vouliagmeni – even in midwinter. Part seawater and part spring-water, the lake has a constant temperature of between 21 and 27 degrees. It’s also alleged to have therapeutic qualities. This makes it very popular with elderly locals, whose colourful bathing caps bob on the water. Sheltered by cliffs and just 50 metres from the sea, it’s a lovely setting. Note to the squeamish: the lake is populated with lots of tiny black fish, who like to nibble your toes.

Price advice: 

 €8. €5 for children aged 5-12. Children under 4 go free.

Expert tips: 
To get to the lake without a car, take the E22 bus from Amalias Avenue near Syntagma Square to Limni Vouliagmenis. It takes about 45 minutes to an hour.
Try to go midweek, when it’s much quieter than at weekends.
Afterwards, head to Sounion to watch the sun set behind the Temple of Poseidon.

More information on Vouliagmeni Lake:

Price guide:
Natural wonder, Swimming pool
Poseidonos Avenue, Vouliagmeni, Athens, 16771
+30 210 896 2237
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
7.30am-7.30pm in summer, 8am-5pm in winter.
Free tags / Keywords:
Mineral spa, swimming, family-friendly

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