Escape the City for a Swim in Greece’s Lake Vouliagmeni



Vouliagmeni Lake (Source: C messier – Own work, CC0)

One of the most beautiful places along the Athenian Riviera is, without any doubt, Lake Vouliagmeni. Perfect during any time of the year, both for a restoring winter swim as well as for a summer escape from the bustling capital.

Any weather is ideal for swimming in the lake and to enjoy its deep blue waters. The sheer cliffs boast amazing views as well as pine forests all around the lake.

Another view of the lake (Source: Dim Philos [CC BY-SA 4.0 from Wikimedia Commons)
Once in the lake, swimmers find that the water temperature ranges between 22C and 29C (72-84F) despite the season and the weather outside. Besides this, the lake is also known for its therapeutic properties.

Lake Vouliagmeni is hidden in a very romantic scenario, surrounded by dramatic views. The lake is fed by subterranean natural springs which flow through a system of tunnels and caverns, also the source of myths and legends that captivate locals and tourists alike.

The lake at night.

The water, slightly salty in its composition, communicates with the sea, which means it is constantly refreshed and clean. While the lake used to be known and visited mostly by an older public, there is a trend for younger visitors who, during the past years, have started choosing the lake over the sea as part of a healthier way of life.

Only 25 kilometers (15 miles) from Athens, Lake Vouliagmeni is easy to reach. Moreover, there is private transportation available to reach the area. More information can be found on the lake’s website.