Visiting Athens, Greece in the summer season can be an unbelievable spectacle. The city is a beautiful contradiction that takes travelers on a journey from past to present. Walk past archaeological sites full of culture and history and discover exotic beaches that ooze tranquility, most of which also offer some of the most breathtaking views. Easily accessible from many significant historic sites, Bolivar Beach boasts astonishing sunsets, clear-blue waters, and an incredible sunbathing experience. Read on as we get close and explore the best things to do on the beach, the easiest ways to get there, as well as what to eat and what to buy. Here’s a guide to Bolivar Beach, Athens.
Things to do / Highlights
Located less than 30 minutes by car from the historical center of Athens, Bolivar Beach is a spectacular destination for water and nature enthusiasts as well as for travelers looking to discover local cuisine and experience a good Greek party.
Experience the city's beach life
Whether your idea of a perfect beach day involves swimming in emerald green waters or lying on a lounge chair under the sun, you’ll find it at Bolivar Beach. You’ll get to enjoy an exotic setting and a variety of amenities, all easily accessible from your lounge.
Spend a family fun day at the waterpark
A water paradise for children over the age of six and adults alike, the waterpark at Bolivar Beach is located not far from the shore and includes paddle boats, slides, and different water sports like stand-up paddleboarding and single or double canoeing. Jump on the trampoline, swing, or go up the action tower, cross bridges, and get ready to catapult into the water.
Enjoy the nightlife at Bolivar Beach Bar
Besides all the fun and entertainment, Bolivar Beach will also offer you a glimpse into the Greek lifestyle. Make the most out of your day here and meet locals, learn about their customs and culture, as well as witness the well-known zest for life Greeks have. It’s true what they say - Greeks know how to party, and you’ll get to see it for yourself if you stick around for one of the parties or concerts here. Evenings are for jaw-dropping sunsets on the beach, and then it’s party time at Bolivar Beach Bar. Although the beach closes at sunset and swimming is no longer permitted afterward, people stay here for the cocktails, music, and dancing. Whether it’s a special concert or the All-Time Classics party that takes place every Wednesday, Latin Sensual Tuesdays, or Salsa Sundays, every day of the week is a celebration at Bolivar Beach Bar.
What to eat
Bolivar Beach Bar
People don’t just come to Bolivar Beach for the sun and the water, but also to discover one of Athens’ most attractive dining locations. Bolivar Beach features an on-site restaurant where visitors can enjoy eating daily from 9 am to 1 am. Complete meals are available from noon to midnight. Their selection features Mediterranean and Greek cuisine and includes vegetarian and vegan dishes too.
Some of the favorite dishes on the menu, according to visitors, include pizza, burgers, steak, and the staple Greek salad. You can also pair your meal with a fine glass of wine.
Since you’re at the beach, the cocktail menu is quite diverse too, including a wide range of classic and international cocktails, as well as fresh, new combinations with an exotic twist.
Things to buy
It wouldn’t be a complete trip without a little souvenir shopping. While you’ll find everything you need for fun, relaxation, and a good time at Bolivar Beach Bar, you can check out the neighborhood in search of souvenir shops.
Olive oil and ouzo
If you’re looking to take the taste of Greece back home, we recommend you buy some local, authentic olive oil and their staple drink: ouzo (anise-flavored alcoholic drink).
If you’re into arts and crafts, you’ve probably noticed the quaint blue-eye talisman everywhere around Athens by now. Called “mati”, it is supposed to protect the person wearing it from the evil eye.
Access to the beach is done through wide wooden walkways. For those with mobility issues, take note that there are a couple of stairs leading up to the dining area.
Entrance to the beach costs 6.60 USD (6 EUR), but there’s an additional 1.10 USD (1 EUR) cost for renting out sunbeds.
How to get there
The easiest and most comfortable way to get to Bolivar Beach is by car. There is free parking available on-site.
By public transport
Public transport in Athens is very accessible, plus this option will allow you to enjoy a cocktail or two. You can get to Bolivar Beach by bus (lines 101, 142, A1, A2, B1, B2, X96) and stop at the “3rd Kalamaki” bus station. If you prefer taking the tram, the stop is “Kalamaki.”
Bolivar Beach is a little less than a two-hour walk away from the center of Athens. Although it’s quite a lengthy walk, you’ll get to enjoy wandering the cobbled streets and exploring most of the city.
Bolivar Beach information
Address: Leof. Posidonos, Alimos 174 55
Cost: 6.60 USD (6 EUR)
Board of tourism: Visit Greece
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