Hot and sunny weather (up to 33 degrees) literally drove hundreds of thousands of Athenians out of their homes, who wanted to dive into the sea, or at least expose their tummy to the sun. Already from 10 am the roads to the beaches, as well as the beaches of the capital, were overcrowded.
With good weather allies and cafes and restaurants open since Monday, the Athenians got into their cars and headed for the nearest coast, which led to traffic jams and instantly filled all nearby beaches.
At the same time, the author of the publication did not miss the opportunity to personally check the temperature of the water and even swim a little.
It took almost 40 minutes to drive along the coast from Falilo to Glyfada (usually it takes no more than 10 minutes), as Poseidonos Avenue was densely packed with cars moving at very low speeds. At the same time, with each kilometer from Faliro, the speed dropped. At some stage, the author decided not to tempt fate and stopped off the coast of Glyfada and did not regret it.
Hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the free beaches of the Athenian Riviera, as organized beaches have not yet opened, and the ban on music has not deterred many young people who have found a solution using car stereos or bluetooth speakers to listen to their favorite songs.
The sea turned out to be clean, and the water, although cool (about 16 degrees), is quite normal, in order to refresh. However, many people, accustomed to such a water temperature, swam and bathed for a long time.
It is worth noting that beach goers did not wear masks, but on some beaches, they tried to maintain social distance. However, the further from the center, the more dense the crowds were on the beaches. There were no incidents, as was the case last year, with respect to persons who did not wear a mask, however, perhaps they did, but since most of the initiators of scandals, and these are the most vulnerable older persons, have already been vaccinated, which means their fear is already partially docked.
Following the opening of restaurants, Athens residents are looking forward to further easing of the bans. Like us previously reported, elementary and high schools will open next Monday with mandatory student and teacher self-assessment twice a week. And on May 15, as promised, tourism will be opened, and on the same day, trips from the prefecture to the prefecture will be allowed, as well as organized beaches will open.