Close to the Greek capital of Athens lies the largest marina in the country - Alimos marina - , numbers over 1000 berths, with a huge influence over the local infrastructure that since it was build, it has become a city in its own.
Kalamaki is a big suburb of the Greek capital city of Athens, located to the southeast of the city’s harbor; to what is generally considered “local territory” not a yacht charter per se. However, you will be surprised to find here one of the biggest – if not the biggest – marina in Greece, Alimos Marina.
Being a suburb of a city and not a resort, the marina and the neighboring region were not build with the needs of yacht charter visitors in mind so some of the sailors mooring here will not find it to their high standards.
The advantage to being part of the city of Athens is the short transfer time from the Athens International Airport (some 45 minutes) with the added benefit of the airport shuttle making a stop exactly in front of the marina, which is a real advantage for any travelling yacht charter sailor.
The roads leading into Athens can be used to drive to Alimos marina, including highway 6, which circles the city’s eastern side, and the E64 road, which comes from the southeast side. Buses and trains can be taken from any major city in Greece, as Athens is linked with all big cities on the mainland and by air with some of the islands in the Mediterranean.
By water, the Piraeus port is just 15 min by car from Kalamaki.
The overall architecture of Kalamaki suburb is that of tall apartment buildings divided by a maze of narrow streets meandering along the Greek landscape. Of course, the sights include all and any attractions that you might appreciate when going to Athens. Museums, ruins, historical buildings, are all on the agenda.
If the small local shops in Kalamaki do not satisfy your shopping needs or taste, the luxurious and wide range of products in Athens is just a taxi ride away. You will find lots of shops and boutiques in the old part of town, as well as on the Piraeus waterfront, built especially with a visitor needs in mind.
There is a small variety of food venues in Kalamaki, near the marina, mostly bars that serve snacks. For a great dinner, you can travel to any of the restaurants in the city (the Plaka region is the most popular). A rule of the thumb would be only to eat at the places frequented by the locals, that way you can avoid the tourist traps, which plague a popular destination such as Athens.
Apart from a few bars where you can have a quiet drink, you cannot really stay out late after dark in Kalamaki. Venturing out into the narrow streets at night might not be the best idea, so you and your yacht charter crew can take a taxi to the old part of town where there are back to back clubs, restaurants, bars, pubs and other fun places. If you can find any around town, just head on to the nearest square.
Taking into consideration that Kalamaki is the weekend escape of the locals who flood in the hundreds and even thousands to the concrete piers of the marina to escape the unbearable heat, you’ll find that at the end of the week the entire waterfront gets somewhat overcrowded. However, the beaches are a great place to hang out.
Sun Yachting Greece has its main offices on 21 Possidonos Avenue and its charter base in Marina Alimos, opposite pier n9.
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