Lake Vouliagmeni: A Gem in the Heart of the Athenian Riviera
A trip to Athens in Greece is not complete unless you have visited Lake Vouliagmeni, a hidden treasure of Attica’s nature.
Widely considered as a wonder of nature for its unique geological phenomenon and its brackish waters’ healing powers, Lake Vouliagmeni is a multipurpose outdoors venue located at the most attractive part of the South Coast of Athens.
Situated in the heart of the Athenian Riviera and accessible all year round, Lake Vouliagmeni is sure to impress with just one visit!
Lake Vouliagmeni is the perfect choice for an experiential all day visit, or even for a half-day stopover on your way to enjoy the magnificent sunset at the Temple of Poseidon – Cape Sounio.
Lake Vouliagmeni is just the place to treat yourself with an out of the ordinary rejuvenating dip into tranquil emerald waters. It’s a destination where the safety of a natural thermal pool – which maintains an average temperature of 24C (75F), containing minerals and salt – with healing powers can be relished.
The Spa Fish of the Lake will make sure that the appropriate foot grooming will be offered, while being at their natural aquatic habitat.
Visitors may also discover Chef John Skotida’s Greek cuisine with a Latin-American character and Asian notes at the restaurant “AbraOvata”, while enjoying the stunning and exceptional landscape.
Guests can relax and feel free to choose their perfect spot (pre-booking & first-come first-served areas) amongst a variety of cabana beds, wooden sunbeds, chaise – lounges with umbrellas, tables with chairs and cozy Lounges.
Visitors may as well discover the natural habitat that lies beneath the surface of the Lake while snorkeling, or above its imposing rocks, should they wish to experience the magnificent view of the Riviera, when hiking or riding a bike on the paths that stretch along the rocks and beyond, on guided tours.
Individuals who are looking to escape from the ordinary and make plans for an impeccable exclusive event, should definitely consider Lake Vouliagmeni as their venue. A destination where one can imagine an intriguing concept and make it memorable with its team of experts.
Waterfront Area – Main Deck
This is where all the action takes place and treasured moments are shared with other Lake’s enthusiasts. The view is open to the side of the Lake, providing a pool-like sentiment, while all the provided seats are upon availability.
The area is accessible for the mobility-impaired.
Distinguished areas with upgraded services:
Visitors wishing to pre-book their seats in the Waterfront Area, can choose between the distinguished locations with lounge sofas, sunbed sets and cabana beds.
Alternatively, for more exclusivity, visitors can choose the Privé Area: a specially designed, elevated area with private facilities and separate access, with magnificent views of the Lake and additional amenities (towels, upgraded restaurant service).
Most of the events are held at the Privé Area, which has a capacity of hosting up to 400 seated, or 600 standing guests for luncheon/dinner, or cocktail set up, respectively.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Lifeguard and medical support, free parking, free Wi-Fi, changing rooms, lockers, showers with hot water and access for people with disabilities (hydraulic lift for entering the water) are provided at the Lake’s premises. Additionally, the on-site retail shop provides the option of purchasing towels, swimming equipment and souvenirs.
• Lake Vouliagmeni, which in Greek means “sunken lake”, is how the whole area of Vouliagmeni got its name.
• The area was once a mix of small coves and salt flats, but in the Middle Ages an underground cavern collapsed, and a shallow lake formed in its wake.
• It was formed 2,000 years ago.
• Its multitudinous cave extends to a length of 3,123 meters.
• Its aquifer is influenced by the volcanic arc (Soussaki – Aegina – Methana).
• There are a total of 14 different underground tunnels in the area. One of them is considered to be the largest in the world.
• A huge stalagmite which was discovered at its cave, changed completely the theory about the recent formation of the Mediterranean Sea.
• It rises 50cm above the sea level.
• It is listed as one of the top destinations of the Athens Riviera and a must visit place, while in Athens.
• Lake Vouliagmeni is listed in Greece’s National Natura 2000 Network and is considered as a site of “outstanding natural beauty” by the Greek Ministry of Culture.
OPENING HOURS & HOW TO GET THERE
Lake Vouliagmeni is open daily, with shifting operating hours according to each season’s sunset time. Winter Season’s operating hours are from 8am to 5pm, while in the Summer it is open from 8am to 8pm.
The Lake is located less than 20 Km or (E.T.A.) 30’- 40‘drive from central Athens and less than 23 Km from the Athens International Airport & the Port of Piraeus.
Visitors have the opportunity of living a unique experience while remaining at close proximity to the capital’s city center. Lake Vouliagmeni is also just a walking distance from the center of Vouliagmeni!