Voula is the next area you’ll find in the Athenian Riviera. Although it is mainly a residential area, it is one of the high profile areas to live in, featuring large houses usually taking advantage of the coast space layout. Here you will find organized places with access to the beach, by paying a small entrance fee you are able to experience the Greek summer in Athens to the fullest! These places are buzzing during the summer and offer sun-beds and umbrellas for rent as well as access to all local amenities. Voula is also very well connected with local transport services.
Kavouri is just alongside Voula as the next area on the coast line. Similar to Voula, it is mainly residential, but provides the guest with scenery of rocky crevices with interspersed sandy stretches which adds a wilder tone to the landscape. The places to go out here are mostly family-owned, quaint, tavernas with great tasting dishes made with love and tradition.
Things to do in Voula
How to get to Voula
Voula is located in the southern suburbs of Athens. One of the ways you can reach it from the central Syntagma Square of Athens is by a tram that eventually ends up on a coastal road and goes southeast to Glyfada, terminating in Voula. There are two lines which depart from Syntagma Square, the one that goes to Voula is Asklipio Voulas (Ασκληπιείο Βούλας) number 5.
Taking a bus is another possible way of reaching Voula. The A2 will take you to Voula and if you want to go to Glyfada then A3 is your other choice. For those who are traveling from Piraeus, you must take A1 to get to Voula.
The X96 which is a bus that connects the airport to the port of Piraeus conveniently passes through the areas of Vari, Vouliagmeni, Voula, Glyfada and Faliron. Just make sure where exactly you need to get off, as it doesn’t stop on all stations.
The red metro line goes all the way to Elliniko station, which is the terminating station of the red line. From here you can either take the 122 bus that goes all the way to Glyfada main square. Alternatively you can take a taxi from the taxi station lined outside the metro station.
You can also take a taxi which will cost you somewhere between 15-20 Euro, depending on the time of day and traffic.
Spend the day on one of Voula Beaches
There are not too many beaches in Voula however there are a few great choices especially for those who wish to enjoy the coastal side of Athens with relatively easy access.
Thalassea Beach is an organized beach which is also known as the A Plaz Voula’s. This expansive recreational area can easily be reached by tram. The tram’s terminating station is located just a few steps away from the entrance. Here you will find sun beds and umbrellas for rent, a canteen selling coffee, refreshments and snacks. There are also changing rooms and showers. The beach is sandy with shallow waters, ideal for families with young children.
There is also a free parking area outside. The beach is open daily from 08:00 until 19:00. Entrance fee on weekdays 5 Euro per person, weekends and holidays 6 Euro per person.
If you are looking for a free beach option in Voula, then heading further south along the Konstantinou Karamanli avenue, just before the Town Hall (Dimarxio Voulas) and Riviera Coast all day cafe, bar and restaurant there is a free unorganised sandy beach with umbrellas.
Moving further along the coastal road which takes a slight curve into the next residential area of Kavouri which translates as the crab. Here you will find another popular free sandy beach which gets very crowded during the weekends. Kavouri is home to some five star hotels therefore the area is popular with locals and tourists alike. There is also an organized section of the beach where you can rent sunbeds.
Enjoy a scenic walk along the coast
For those who enjoy long scenic walks there are plenty of opportunities to just do that in Voula. Starting from the Voula park which overlooks the sea you can take the coastal road all the way past Kavouri beach. There is an expansive organized sidewalk towards the end of the peninsula where you will several fish tavernas and cafes. The whole area is very kid friendly.
At the Voula Park you can also enjoy the sea views at the Notos Cafe (12 K.Karamanlis ave. Voula) which serves a selection of coffees, drinks and Mediterranean dishes.
Where to eat in Voula
Voula is especially charming during the summer months, its relaxed vibe makes it a perfect destination to enjoy a staycation or a vacation in the Athenian Riviera. The majority of eateries in Voula are sprawled across the main square or the Platia Voulas, or on the surrounding side streets.
Voula is also a popular residential area among the expat community, therefore you will find a great mix of nationalities living in this part of Athens. Being a local resident of Voula for about 24 years, I have enjoyed a fair amount of meals in my neighborhood. Here are some recommendations:
Drakoulis Dry & Raw
Vas. Pavlou 103, Voula 16673
The Drakoulis meat in Voula is one of those fancy places where you can enjoy a superb meat shopping and dine-in experience. There are not too many tables available, and they are located on the ground level thus reservations are highly recommended.
If you want to treat your taste buds to some fine Kobe meat or Black Angus, this is the place for you. Their menu offers a beautiful balance of generous but not over the top and the wine list is equally distinct. Steak lovers will definitely appreciate the attention to detail and level of service, to select your order you must discuss your preferences with the main butcher. He is there to ensure that you have a delicious experience from selection to degustation.
Plastira 4, Voula 166 73
For those who wish to try some authentic Caucasian cuisine, this family run restaurant in Voula offers a generous variety of traditional dishes such as hatsapouri (Georgian cheese pie), khinkali which is a meat filled dumpling, shashlik (skewered and grilled cubes of meats) and other delights.
Kebabtzidikon to Gnision
Leof. Vasileos Pavlou 82, Voula 166 73
This kebab shop located on the pedestrian area of main square of Voula enjoys ample space, cozy environment and ideal for families with kids. The menu includes a selection of meat dishes, kebab and appetizers. There are half or full portions available also.
The menu is inspired by flavors from Asia Minor and plenty of spices are used in preparing the flavourful dishes. They also offer take-away and delivery services. Ideal for all times of day and late-evening cravings.
Leof. Vasileos Pavlou 104, Voula
Hidden in a corner of a shopping center in a commercial area of Voula, this coffee shop has become a meeting point for the locals. The atmosphere of this place is very pleasant and the staff is very friendly. During sunny days, which are plenty in Greece due to the blessed weather all year around, tables are placed on the pedestrian street offering more seating spaces for guests, as it gets quite busy during the weekends.
Brunch menu is available all day and so are coffees and fresh juices and smoothies. The portion sizes are very satisfying and so is the food served.
Leof. Vasileos Pavlou 89, Voula
Across the street from Oven there is another coffee place, also very popular among locals. Rey Pablo is an espresso, wine and gastro bar welcoming guests at any time of the day.
Rey Pablo’s philosophy was to create a modern concept which can be distinguished by the uniqueness of the products, the service, the modern architecture and the atmosphere of the place. All the food is made in-house, using only high quality materials.
The menu offers a wide variety of choices including healthy and vegan options. During the night it becomes a bar where professional bartenders create delightful cocktails.