Porto Rafti is a typical seaside resort of Attica, nothing less nothing more, the visitor wont show any interested to anything else than the public beach of Avlaki and/or the café/clubs later in the evening. The last 15 years many Athenian live here permanently due to its close proximity with the airport(18km) and Koropi metro station (10km).
The town hugs the bay, most of them in the flat area behind the beach but also some hills (pic 1) around that have nice view over the bay. I think it doesn’t worth to be there unless you visit someone, just park the car along the seaside street (pic 2) and enjoy the beach.
There are also some churches around but the one I visited was Agia Marina which can be easily reached as it is located at the top of petal that forms the bay. It’s a picturesque church next to the sea, many Athenians choose it for weddings or baptisms. Originally was built in 1700 but was destroyed by the pirates and rebuilt in 1750 at the hill where now is Metamorphosi Sotiros chapel. During WWII it was converted by the Italians into armory so it was built again next to the sea in 1950.
Other churches:Agios Spyridon, Agios Nikolaos, Metamorphosi Sotiros, Naos Drivlias, Agia Kiriaki
Apart from those who live in Porto Rafti the bus is usually full of people that go there to enjoy the beach/sea. You will see them ready with towels and other equipment getting off the bus and catching a good spot on the pebble beach.
The beach is long, usually we stop wherever we find a free parking space along the seaside road. There are some parts of the beach with beach chairs and umbrellas but also a good alternative is to sit at one of the café if you don’t mind listening to loud music (even during the day).
The only problem is that during august some people complain about jellyfish appearance, I guess because this month some strong north winds may bring them close to the beach, although not dangerous it must be painful. This should not be a problem at the small erotospilia beach (lovecave beach) 1km NW of Portorafti, a sandy beach that is protected by the winds.
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On the east coast of Attica, 35km from Athens, 17km from Athens Airport, 23km from Rafina port
We usually drive there through Markopoulo which is 8km west of Porto Rafti. During weekends it’s a bit tricky to find a free parking spot but drive along the seaside road, sooner or later you’ll see one. Be patient with other cars, traffic jams are the normal thing here during the weekends in summer months.
You can take the suburban bus from Athens center (at Pedion Areos), single ticket costs 3.70euro and the ride takes about 80minutes and makes stops along the beach.
The bus departs at:
5.45am, 6.45, 7.45, 8.45, 9.15, 9.45, 10.15, 10,45, 11.15, 11.45, 12.15, 12.45, 13.15, 13.45, 14.15, 14.45, 15.15, 15,45, 16.45, 17.47, 18.45, 19.45. 21.00
Last bus from Porto Rafti departs at 22.25