United Kingdom of Vouliagmeni

Posted on: June 26th, 2012 by Mr Roaming 13 Comments

OK, the Greek elections are over, the conservative New Democracy party has won and all is well with the world. The markets can now take a breather from their relentless speculation and attacks on Greece and its sovereign debt problems. But will this break last, or is this just half-time?

The answer is a lot more complicated than it seems. First off, Greece has a difficult path in modernizing the public sector, going ahead with much-needed privatizations of state-owned companies and battling with tax evasion. However, it seems that the country has been dealing with the never-ending headwinds of criticism from the international community. The criticism, especially outside of the Eurozone seems a little disingenuous. In a matter of 3 years since the beginning of the crisis, Greece has been reduced to a “small country of lazy tax evaders” that simply want and expect handouts from the hardworking Germans. Well, Germans might be hardworking, but so are Greeks (looking at the statistics released by the European Union, Greek people work some of the longest hours of many of their other Europeans relatives, including the Germans).

However, as they say, when you get a reputation it is difficult to live it down. Just take a look at a recent Wall Street Journal article “In Greece a Beachy Haven from Political Debate.” In addition to the usual financial commentary, the author goes on to describe in astonishment how Greeks could be spending time at the beach doing these very difficult times. In fact, the author describes a scene from an exclusive beach in Vouliagmeni, a seaside suburb of Athens, where people eat fruit, drink wine, wear bathing suits and Rolexes.

 In fact, everybody has heard about the beautiful beaches of the Greek Islands. What some people don’t know is that the mainland has also paradisiacal beaches. This is true even right in the center of Athens.

The Astir Beach Club at Vouliagmeni stands out for its facilities and lush vegetation on a private peninsula.

Astir Beach in Vouliagmeni is an exclusive beach that will cost you about 15 euros (entrance fee includes access to umbrellas, beach beds and chairs – but bring your own towel), where a posh crowd of 30-something Greeks do what they do best: look good.

 

Beach chairs and umbrellas are provided on the fine sand beach, together with lockers, changing cabins, showers and a snack bar.

 

Another great option is Asteria Beach in Glyfada, also a fully organized beach with great seaside lunch spots such as Akanthus.

Maybe it’s time to try to understand the real issues affecting political and economic situations in countries before jumping to conclusions. Greece will be fine. Its spirit has lasted from 3,000 years – it’s not about to disappear now.

On to Spain and Italy . . . . .

13 Responses

  1. KG says:

    Vouliagmeni is amazing. One of the best beaches so close to a big European city. And nearby the great Astir complex. Wonderful pictures here!

  2. sasin says:

    Let’s hope the world can leave Greece alone for a while. By the way, the beach looks amazing Mr. Roaming.

  3. ININ says:

    The beaches in Athens look very inviting. Looking forward to going for a swim. Will be in Athens for biz in a few weeks.

  4. George says:

    It seems that the Bloomberg article has been written by someone who has a bone to pick with Greece. I say, enjoy the sun, the beach, the drinks. Who can blame the Greeks with such beautiful places to visit?

  5. Maryanne says:

    I never knew Athens has beaches – especially ones like these, which look like they are on islands. So beautiful.

  6. Alex says:

    Have been going to these beaches for years. Hope more people learn about them – or maybe it should remain our secret!

  7. Emily says:

    What a stunning beach . . . and this is in Athens and not an island? Wow!

  8. marilyn says:

    Now THIS beach is where I need to be. Is this in ATHENS???? Could it be??? I thought Athens was a city.

  9. Scott says:

    I can only dream of being in a place like this!!!

  10. Jon says:

    Looks so luxurious and inviting, especially during a hot hot summer day. Love the sun bed!

  11. Georg says:

    Greece definitely seems to have avoided the worst. Having recently visited Athens for a conference, one can see that it’s basically back to business as (almost) usual. But a respite from all the politiking and the financial concerns, it is the beaches that you show that make this city a great visit in the summer. Vouliagmeni and its resort is an island paradise. On y va!

  12. J.N. says:

    This beach is in Athens? Wow!!!!!!

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