August 16, 2004
You reach Vouliagmeni along a coastal road that takes you by some closer seaside resort towns such as Glyfada and Voula. These towns also have some really nice beach spots but, as they’re somewhat closer to Athens, expect them to be at least if not more crowded than what you encounter at Vouliagmeni. By car, it should only take you about 45-50 minutes drive at most on a normal weekday. On weekends and in summer, be prepared for interesting traffic. In fact, if you go here just for the day in summer you may have the least hassle if you just a hop a bus from the Zappeion (exhibition hall) main bus stop located in the National Gardens in Athens. Slower transport for sure, but certainly also a slice of Greek life along the way as you mingle with every shape, size and background of Athenian on their way out of town.
The main beach at Vouliagmeni is a curving strip of sand set in the mouth of a wide arc of the bay of Vouliagmeni. There are all sorts of water sports available either here or at the other beach in Vouliagmeni, Astir Beach. Astir sits at the northernmost end of the bay, has somewhat nicer sands but the water may also be a bit choppier. Both beaches are maintained by the GNTO authority. Cafes and eating spots are set along the road fronting the main beach. Almost any water sport can be found on Vouliagmeni or at Astir. While the sands can often get crowded in summer months, be here in April, early May or at the end of the season in September and you will have a lot more space to yourself. Staying there: several hotels are close to or fronting the Vouliagmeni bay, including the three five star properties of Astir Palace Hotel and the superior Hotel Armonia. The local number for information at the beach office: Tel 210-9673184-8.
From journal Athens: Faces Of The Goddess