Nudist beach at Limanakia is a popular place to enjoy the heat of summer in Athens instead of suffering from it in the city. It has a lot of convenient open flat rocks, as well as hidden corners to get some more intimate atmosphere even when it is pretty crowded.
The crowd is quite diverse and international, a lot of gays, sometimes textile though. The water is warm from April to October, and feels nice even when it rains.
The underwater life is pretty interesting by the way. You’ll see lots of different fishes,
schools of young fish
and some parrotfish of rainbow colors.
Another beautiful encounter, which we saw only once there, was this jelly fish.
Thus, Limanakia proved to be great for snorkeling and swimming.
However, while getting out of the water beware of sea urchins,
although not all rocks are covered with sea urchins – some have only pretty moss animals and algae.
In any case, goggles are highly recommended both for enjoying underwater scenery and safety!
This place is obviously great to take some good photos,
just make sure to have good equipment;-)
Well, this pigeon thought it was all about him and tried to get in the shot all thetime!
But the crab turned out to be more photogenic and cooperative.
Late october, with more rain, brings some blossom to the rocks of Limanakia.
But not only flowers can be pink there, the rocks themselves may turn pink too!
This is what happened one evening with unusually bright pink clouds at sunset, which reflected their color on the rocks and the sea.
In the cove which is closer to the city, you can also do cliff-diving. Does it look high enough?
Well, look from above!
By coincidence, on the day when we finally dared to jump from those cliffs, there was a contest of 12 top cliff-divers at the neighboring lake Vouliagmeni. Well, we couldn’t compete with them in terms of height of our dives, but at least we dived in a more natural way – from the cliffs, not from a platform (I don’t know why they call it cliff-diving then), and without swimsuits 😉
Wait, there is a swimmer below.
And here is a video.
I think you’re convinced now to visit this place, if you’re in Athens. To get to Limanakia from the center of Athens use express bus E22 (from Panepistimiou (Πανεπιστιμίου) or Syntagma (Σύνταγμα)) or from Glyfada by buses 115 or 116 to B’ Limanakia (B’ Λιμανάκια). On my frequent visits to Athens, this was often the first place I wanted to go, granted that I also saw it from the airplane on approach to the airport; too bad I couldn’t just jump down with a parachute!