THE LAKE IN ATHENS
Athens had the right idea being on the coast, with the closest beaches just a few kilometres from the hustle and bustle of the city. Did you know you can also take a dip and sunbathe beside a beautiful lake near the Greek capital?
Nestled south of Athens (about 20 kilometres away) is Lake Vouliagmeni, a local treasure formed almost two thousand years ago at the foot of a cliff. The lake’s waters come from the sea, a few metres away, and a thermal spring. Rich in calcium, potassium, sodium and other minerals, the water is reported to have many health benefits. The cherry on the cake is warm all year round, with a minimum temperature of 22 degrees, even in winter. For those who like to get their head under water, consider wearing a diving mask as beneath the seemingly calm waters on the surface is a lively aquatic world full of sea anemones, molluscs and little fish that come and tickle your toes.
To get there, hire a car or catch a bus. Several routes go to this hidden natural paradise. You can also have something to eat there at the café-restaurant. It’s a change of scene for the day.