Here in Athens, the beaches are a popular place to hang out. We can take the tram from our house and be at a nearby beach in about 20 minutes. We shoehorn our Costco chairs into a tight little sandy spot and try to accomplish our seaside goal: soak up some sunshine as we stare out over the Aegean Sea seeking a few hours of calm respite from the metropoliton bustle of the city. Apparently, many other Athenians also share this vision, because the beaches are jammed and there's no quiet calmness to be had. Recently we went on a journey to try to find our idea of the perfect Greek beach weekend. We took the 30 minute ferry ride to the Greek Island of Evia, and made the short drive to the city of Rovies.
The beach was a 5 minute walk from our hotel. Uncrowded and calm - families sat in the shade of trees just off the beach, reading and chatting. A short strip of pebbles sloped down to the crystal clear water.
Several Tavernas had outdoor seating along the beach, with plenty of inviting little tables where you could sit in your suit and sip a frappe in a tall glass.
We spent two days in Beachy heaven: wondering at the origin and destination of the various boats, listening to lapping waves, bobbing in the water and taking our salt crusted selves around the little town to explore.
We could hardly bring ourselves to leave, but when it was time, we took some peace from this place along and faced the bustling city with wider smiles.