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The Athenian Riviera starts in the southern coastal suburbs of
Glyfada and Voula and continues
from the sandy beaches of Voula to the cliffs of Cape Sounion.
Here the ancient Greeks
built a
temple to Poseidon as homage to the God of the sea. As they rounded the cape,
sailors were said
to be able to see the sun reflecting from the golden statue of Venus on the Acropolis in Athens, a
sign that they were nearly safely home from their long journey.
Now, this 50 kms of coastline includes a collection of small coastal resorts, such as Lagonissi,
Saronida, Agia Marina and Anavyssos. The coastline is dotted with small bays and sheltered
coves as well as with longer sandy beaches. The
resorts have become home to some of the most
luxurious hotels in the Mediterranean. They have strong property markets
because of the
demand for permanent homes, as well as for holiday accommodation but they have stayed
peaceful and low key and are not overcrowded. Residents still mainly walk to and from the
beaches for their daily swim. Popular activities include hiking, mountain biking and horse riding.
Water sports and sailing are also available.
Waterfront and beachside tavernas specialise in menus with freshly caught fish and other
tradititional Greek dishes.
Agia Marina is an ideal location for the busy executive
who needs to commute into Piraeus or
Athens. The airport is
easily accessible within a 20 minute drive.
Regular bus services run along
the coastal routes. Train and metro services for Athens and Pireaus start at Koropi,
again 20
minutes from Agia Marina.
Shopping facilities including supermarkets and a Saturday market are within 5 minutes walk of
the house. Other facilities include bakeries, pharmacy, butcher, a vet, and a children doctor.

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