More info: Revived for the 2004 Olympics, this popular coastal suburb leans towards leisure. Faliro’s seaside palm-lined promenade is one of the most scenic places where locals exercise in Athens. All day, and well into the evening, there are joggers and bike riders, skateboarders and strollers, enjoying the coastal aspect. The promenade is also a popular starting point for cycling trips along the Athens Riviera. Cycle paths curve along the coastline, linking with nearby Piraeus or further south to Glyfada.
Separated from the sea by Posidonos Avenue, Faliro was once a seaside village of fishermen, shepherds and farmers. Now its inner streets are dense with apartment blocks. Restaurants and cafes dot pretty, glitzy Flisvos Marina, while its beach and waterfront promenade are a quick and scenic escape from urban life.