Ok, everyone comes here for the beach but what about the town? The center is full of numerous buildings of residence, most of them lack in architectural style (pic 1). The coastal avenue (pic 2) is full of stores, cafes and restaurants and during high season hundreds of cars trying to find a free spot for parking. Even at the bus stop you can see more than 50 people waiting for the next bus! (pic 3)
It’s amazing the this was just a small village until the late 70s but athenians started to come for the beach due to the proximity with the capital. Working class people started to build summer houses here and in our days the town has about 18.000 inhabitants, so now is one of the biggest towns in east Attica. It’s not anymore just a summer resort but the commercial epicenter of the general area that also include Spata town. When the new airport was build in Spata (2004) Artemida was affected but a lot of problems came on the top, authorities must focus on new infrastructure to solve issues of traffic, health centers, schools etc
The general area include several rural areas full of vineyards.
Those that are not interested only about the beach they better drive to Vravrona for the archeological museum and the ruins of the temple of Artemis.
With a beach that stretches for many kilometers its no surprise everyone comes here to swim and sunbath at the sandy beach. The only problem is that during summer weekends thousands of people get packed, for me its pretty annoying trying to find a free spot, its also impossible to relax anywhere with people playing rackets all over the place etc… :)
The sea is shallow so makes it ideal for families with small kids while the beach. What’s more there are facilities with chairs/umbrellas/showers, numerous café and restaurants.
Iliotropio is a simple café beach-bar that serves soft drinks, coffees and beers for those who feel thirsty under the sun :)
They have a covered area with tables and chairs but also serve on the beach where people use the umbrellas and beach chaise longue.
We had frappe coffee (3e) and beer (3e) that came with some chips.
Artemida is located at at the east coast of Attica, 25km east from Athens, 9km east from Spata, 6km south from Rafina port.
From Athens we just drive through K.Karamanli avenue that passes through Spata. When you reach the sea you can follow the coastal road on the left and try to find a free parking spot anywhere near the beach.
Most people that go there for the Agios Nikolaos beach use bus #305 from Nomismatokopio metro station. Bus #304 (also from Nomismatokopio) ends up at Vavrona district. Local districts are served by #322 (Ag.Kyriaki) and #323 (Vavrona)
Pic 5 is a map of Attica region where you can spot Artemida comparing to Athens, the ports and the airport.