Beach Holiday and City Trip to Athens; 1 hour by public transport to Acropolis.
Con & Karin
- english, french, german, dutch, greek
About Con & Karin
Hi, We are Constantijn and Karin and we are from the Netherlands. We moved to Greece 20 years ago, because Constantijn was transferred to a Dutch multinational company's office in Athens, fell in love with the city and we never looked back ! We used to live in Athens center, but 14 years ago, after holidaying in the area, we decided to go with our (then) small son for quality of life and moved to the beautiful Athenian Riviera. It is a peaceful, secure place with friendly people, where one can still enjoy authentic Greek hospitality. Our property is located in a quiet street, at a short 5 minute walking distance from several lovely sandy beaches and truly is the “Best of Both worlds”. You are in a holiday area, but also at just an hour with public transport from the Acropolis. We live near the property and are always available for any info or assistance you might need. We love traveling ourselves and enjoy meeting people from all over the world and making their stay with us as pleasant as possible. Our motto is “ You may come to us as strangers, but our aim is to say farewell to you as friends”.
Con & Karin purchased this Apartment in 2004
Why Con & Karin chose Paleo Faliro
Our apartment truly constitutes "THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS", since it combines a relaxed beach holiday, with a city trip to Athens; Europe's oldest capital. It is the ideal choice for guests who want to enjoy Athens to its fullest, but don't want to stay in the busy city itself, but prefer to stay just south of it, next to the beach. Just south of the hustle and bustle of central Athens, lies one of the city’s most treasured assets, also known as “Greece’s best kept secret”: “The Athenian Riviera”. All along this gorgeous photogenic stretch of palm tree coastline, with it's five-star resorts, spas, esplanades, marinas, rocky coves, windsurfing, sailing and sandy beaches with blue-flag certified crystal clear waters, you can experience the kind of island magic that many people come to Greece for, …. without having to set foot on a ferry ! This is where we are located, at just a 5 minute walk from several lovely sandy beaches. Athens center is easily accessible by public transport. The 122 Athens urban bus, which passes every 25 minutes, takes you along the beautiful coastal road straight to the metro station, from which it is just a few stops to the Acropolis. The trip by bus and metro to Athens center takes a little over 1 hour. Our property is also ideal for going on one day tours, to some of the most famous ancient sites of Greece such as Delphi, Mycenae, Ancient Corinth etc and for visiting the near by Saronic gulf islands, such as Aeghina, Hydra and Spetses, on one day trips. It can also serve as a "home base", for two day trips to islands a bit further away, such as Santorini, Myconos etc
What makes this Apartment unique
Our apartment truly constitutes "THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS", since it combines a relaxed beach holiday, with a city trip to Athens; Europe's oldest capital. It is the ideal choice for guests who want to enjoy Athens to its fullest, but don't want to stay in the busy city itself, but prefer to stay just south of it, next to the beach. Our property is also ideal for going on one day tours, to some of the most famous ancient sites of Greece such as Delphi, Mycenae, Ancient Corinth etc and for visiting the near by Saronic gulf islands, such as Aeghina, Hydra and Spetses, on one day trips. It can also serve as a "home base", for two day trips to islands a bit further away, such as Santorini, Myconos etc
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Fantastic stopover for Athens and Ancient Greece
We booked the top “penthouse” and the other apartment for our July stay. Firstly I must say it is the owner Con who makes this holiday. Con picked us up from Athens airport and drove us to the apartments which were exceptionally clean and tidy. The pool is brilliant and we were within walking distance of beaches and all other amenities. Now back to Con, he took us on 2 paid excursions acting as driver, photographer and with his extensive knowledge of Athens and Ancient Greece was a brilliant guide. As we wanted to use public transport to visit central Athens he assisted us on the best way of doing this, the tickets to get and the best attractions to see. It proved to be a really cheap and fantastic day. Con also took us, as a free excursion, to visit Poseidon’s temple at sunset which is awe inspiring. He really made us feel part of his family. A nice touch from Con was that he presented our family a canvas picture from one of our experiences. On our last day he made sure we were all ok and took us to the airport. If you want a Greece adventure this is the place to go it really is brilliant. Thank you Con and family.
Dear Melanie, Kevin and the kids.
Me and wife am truly touched by your kind words. It really makes us happy and our efforts meaningful, when our guests have a wonderful stay with us. We are not professional tourism people and we ourselves also enjoy renting out our house to nice people from all over the world. If guests want, we also love showing them some of the most spectacular sites in Greece. In your case it really was a great pleasure to do so, because you truly have been some of the nicest and friendliest guests we have ever had the privilege of hosting in our house. As agreed, I expect just the two of you back in a year or two, when the kids have gone off to university. Thank you for everything and hope to see you again soon !
Unexpected turn that ended well!
Having read the previous reviews I can only echo the sentiments expressed already. My wife and I stayed in the upper apartment and found it just suited perfectly for the two of us. The view from there is gorgeous, especially the sunsets! The nearby Lagonissi commercial district affords plenty of options for all your immediate needs and the location itself allows easy access to interesting spots in all directions. The little towns dotting the coastline boast a variety of restaurants and unique little cafes. My impression of Athens; the people are engaging, the food is delicious, the scenery and weather are beautiful and the historic spots are awe inspiring.
My most sincere recommendation, however, is reserved for our host, Con. Our vacation took an unexpectedly sideways turn when my wife’s existing condition deteriorated and she had to be admitted to the hospital (two different times!). Con was there, available with help and advice whenever and wherever it was needed. This was a big relief, having to deal with an unfamiliar language and, even more importantly, an unfamiliar health care system.
Needless to say this situation had quite an impact on our schedule, but Con was very flexible and we were able to visit most of the sights in our original plan. I highly recommend taking tours with Con. He is very knowledgeable and you’ll have a great conversation all the way!
I can’t end without giving some advice on the Health Care situation. There are two systems; one public and one private. You get adequate but impersonal care in the overwhelmed public system. The private system is well staffed, well equipped and thorough. Make sure you have insurance and go private!
……And enjoy the Athena Riviera!!
Thank you for your very nice review and kind words as to my person; I did my very best to make something positive out of a bad situation and feel grateful that it was appreciated.
Coming of the plane at your arrival, your wife could barely walk and was very weak.
I had hoped that she would get better after a few days of rest, but unfortunately things only got worse.
I feel very sorry for her, because she really didn't see anything at all in Greece; I must admit though that she kept her spirits up in spite of all her troubles.
At least you and me went on some great tours, which I very much enjoyed and you were able to show her your photo's of the places she wanted to visit.
In spite of all your bad luck, you never complained and were wonderful very nice guests and I really enjoyed your stay with us.
Clean/Well furnished/ sea view/Accessible to beach
Keith and Sandy
Out did our expectations. The Villa Apt was beautifully furnished with all major appliances.With WIFI. A clean bathroom/shower. Bedroom was very clean and comfortable with a wonderful sea breeze. Two balconies gave us wonderful sea views and a great area to enjoy breakfast or a drink. Beaches within a 15 minute walk One with restaurant/bar. #1 asset was the owner Con Arg An amazing host who is accessible to help make your travel a wonderful experiance. Conducts 3 amazing tours A MUST do with Con. YOU will Love them. You are only a 25 minutes drive from the airport and a short Metro ride.to Athens. Feel free to contact us for any additional information you might need Keith S
Dear Keith and Sandy,
It truly was a great pleasure to have you stay with us at the villa; one cannot ask for nicer guests than yourselves.
We had been talking a lot for months on Facebook before your arrival and I knew your expectations were quite high, so I am glad that our villa and Greece fully lived up to them and that you had a great holiday, coming all the way from the USA.
Thank you also very much for you kind comment as to my person, my motto is: "when guests arriving as strangers leave as friends, I am a happy person" !
One thing is for sure: you are now my friends !!
I enjoyed the three one day private tours we went on - (1. Mycenae - Nafplion - Theater of Epidaurus, 2. Delphi - Osios Loukas monastery - Arachova and 3. Attica - Temple of Artemis - Cape Sounion/Temple of Poseidon etc.) - just as much as you guys did, since your good company made them great fun.
Finally, just a short comment on the distance of our lovely beaches. It all depends of course on how fast one walks, but just as an indication: the closest one is at just 500 meters.
Thank you for everything and this nice review and we'll keep in contact on Facebook !
Superbe villas pour des vacances inoubliables!
Une superbe villa idéale pour trois familles,avec trois étages totalement indépendants. Cette villa possède une cour à l'avant permettant aux enfants de jouer en toute sécurité, et une très jolie piscine à l'arrière avec une pelouse. Côté équipement, la maison possède tout le nécessaire.
Vous trouverez également de jolies plages à proximité et un très bon restaurant où l'on peut manger pour pas cher.
Si vous souhaitez visiter la Grèce, n'hésitez pas à faire appel à Constantin qui est disponible, accueillant et très cultivé. Il vous fera visiter des lieux magiques!
Non loin de là, il est également possible de visiter de jolies villes sur la côte et de magnifiques îles comme Egine ou Hydra!
En bref, une très jolie destination à faire absolument!
Je vous remercie beaucoup pour votre gentil commentaire.
J'ai bien apprécié le séjour de votre famille chez nous cet été.
J'ai aussi beaucoup aimé l'excursion à l'ancienne Corinthe, ou on est allés ensemble.
J'espère bien d’accueillir à nouveau votre très gentille famille, dans notre villa dans un prochain avenir.
Votre ami en Grece,
Why Here? I will tell you...
A little about the property before, I tell you why here….
The property itself is nice and provides several options depending on your needs. There are three apartments you can choose from. This is perfect for large family or groups that want to be together but have some separation. The property has a great front court area that is tiled and a wonderful contained back garden with pool and a grass area, great for children that want to run around.
The location of the property is wonderful; you are walking distance to a beach, restaurant and bakery. My family rented a car, which did prove to be nice to have. It allowed us to explore the area more and stock up on items one of several markets. We also reserved a car seat which too was nice to have. You will learn quickly that Greek drivers tend to move quickly.
So why should you rent here?
In all likelihood if you have been searching for somewhere to stay in this area, you have probably seen properties that offer a bit more in terms of being upscale in terms of décor, layout, etc. You have probably seen properties that offer everything above I mentioned as well. What you get with this property goes well beyond the great accommodations, great value and great location.
What you won’t get with other properties is Con, the host. This man is wonderful. Simply put, what he did for us was well above our expectations. Our trip to Greece was not just a vacation for my family. We came over to Greece in attempt to grow our family with IVF/Egg Donor. Because the process would take up to 10 days, we decided to bring our little two year old daughter and my wife’s mother to help when we had to be at the clinic. Con made the stressful side of our trip much easier. He took us to and from the clinic, twice. He checked in on us all the time, offering words of encouragement that you knew were sincere. Con will go out of his way to make sure you have a wonderful stay. He will meet you at the airport, show you around the area and will sit with you to explain how to get to and from the city. Con goes above and beyond with no expectations. He does this simply because he truly wants you to be comfortable and enjoy your time there.
No matter the outcome for my family, we will look back at our trip to Greece with very fond memories, many as a result of our host. He made the stressful side of our trip easy. Simply put, you can stay anywhere, but you likely won’t get someone like Con.
Dear Tricia and Cory,
I am truly lost for words after reading your sincere and warm review, written straight from the heart.
Be sure that my feelings towards your family are the same as yours towards me; you came to us as strangers, but left as my friends !
I always try to put in the extra effort for our guests, so they have a great holiday with us, because that is the service I would hope to get, when I would be abroad on holiday.
I went a but further for you, because of the particular reason for which you were staying with us.
Since we have had couples for IVF in Athens before in the villa, I know that it puts a lot of stress on them and does not allow them to really relax and enjoy their stay to the fullest.
I must say that I am very impressed by the way you and Tricia handled this difficult and stressful situation.
In fact, if i didn't know, I would say that you behaved just like guests, being on a regular holiday, having a great time.
Your friend for life in sunny Greece,
Having just returned from a 10 day holiday at this villa, I can fully endorse what other reviewers have already written.
We had the ground and top floors which, in addition to 2 well stocked kitchens, living rooms and 3 bedrooms, gave us 2 lovely large balconies and access to a good sized garden and pool. It's an easy walk to the beach, local bakery and restaurant etc and the Lagonissi main street is only a 3 minute drive / 20minute walk.
As we had a car rental, getting around the wider area was incredibly easy. Constantine (the owner) provided us with all the information we could possibly need and his tips and suggestions for day trips / visits gave us plenty to see and do. But, with a place to stay as good as this, we were also very happy to spend several days simply relaxing at the villa.
Add in the friendly locals, good food & wine and the fantastic places to visit, and you have the perfect location.
Thank you so much, for writing such a wonderful review about your family's stay at our villa.
I am very happy that you had such a good time with us and it always is a wonderful feeling when guests, who arrive as strangers, leave us as friends !
You were the perfect quests, friendly, polite and very tidy and I do hope to be able to welcome you again in the future !
Your friend in Greece,
You are staying in a fully detached villa, located in a quiet street on the beautiful Athenian Rivera, just south of Athens center.
Please note that the marker on the map, due to a street name similarity, is not correct.
At just a 25 minutes drive from Athens Airport, we are in a touristic area, which however has not yet been "flooded" by foreign tourists and still has maintained its authentic Greek atmosphere.
We offer the "Best of Both Worlds": the perfect combination of a relaxed beach holiday, with a city trip to amazing Athens.
Some of the best sandy beaches in Greece are at a short walking distance from the Villa. In fact 3 lovely organized sandy beaches, one with a small children's playground and all with nice beach restaurants, are just down the road at walking distance and are awaiting you.
The closest is at just a 5 minute walk (the others at an 8 and 10 minute walk).
Many more sandy but also rocky beaches, both secluded and organized, can be found all along the Athens Riviera coastal line from "Varkiza" down to "Paleo Fokea", with its many seaside fish restaurants.
At just a short walk from the villa are a mini market and a mini market /bakery and a nice and not expensive Greek seaside Taverna/restaurant.
The main street of our village, with supermarkets, shops, cafeteria's and restaurants is at just 1km-3/4mile; about a 15 minute walk.
IN OUR BROADER AREA
There are also many interesting places to visit near by, such as "Cape Sounion" with the famous Temple of Poseidon with its magical sunset, the picturesque village of "Porto Rafti" with its lovely bay and walking boulevard full of restaurants, which looks like a Greek island, "Vravrona" with the ancient Temple of Artemis the Greek goddess of hunt and nature, "Varkiza" with its seaside walking boulevard and restaurants, the impressive Vouliagmeni Cave Lake resort, where one can swim in lukewarm "healing" water all year round, the cosmopolitan city of "Glyfada", with its many high class shops of all kinds, cafeteria's and seaside walk, the lively ports of Lavrio and Rafina etc.
GOING TO ATHENS CENTER
There is a bus stop at just 600m from the apartment, for the Athens urban express bus to the metro station. The bus leaves every 25 minutes and quickly brings you to the metro station, from where you go you straight into Athens Center, making also a stop near the Acropolis.
The trip from our place to the Acropolis, along the beautiful Athenian Riviera coast, takes in total a little over an hour.