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Best Diving Destinations in Athens
Athens is located in central Greece, and it is the economic, cultural, and administrative center of the country. Most of the best diving around Athens is to the south, around Vouliagmeni and towards Sounio, where the rocky coves become deep suddenly. East of Attica there are some popular dive sites and some clubs. In Athens there are more then 30 dive sites that are different from each other. The most popular sites are Lake Vouliagmeni and Villa. The journey of the site Lake Vouliagmeni (Blue Lake) begins at a depth of 10m/32ft, at the right side of the entrance to the famous lake of Vouliagmeni. Moving toward the sea, on the left side there is a very steep reef. This place is not interesting so much for its underwater flora and fauna, but mostly its history. At least 15 different types of anchors are evidence that in ancient times, there was a port there that moored large and small ships. Villa is another location for an easy and interesting dive. An indescribably beautiful atmosphere begins at a depth of 3-4m/9-13ft, with a coarse, sandy bottom, reflecting the sun's rays. Sinking deeper, divers will find a lot of cavities, cracks, and caves with a mysterious marine population.
When to go to Athens
The climate here is mild and Mediterranean, with warm, wet winters (average January temperature is 10C/50F) and hot, dry summers (average temperature of 30C/50F). The annual air temperature varies from 10C/50F to 30C/86F. Average water temperature throughout the year varies from 15 to 26C/59-78F. Visibility underwater is usually very good, 10-30m/ft. Rarely, there are strong, southerly winds, while the visibility drops to 5m/16ft.
What to see
Divers may see deep-water fish and other representatives of underwater flora and fauna typical of the Mediterranean (seals, dolphins, tuna, see turtles, grouper, swordfish, flying fish, etc.).