Sports in Athens

Basketball - Football

Basketball and football are popular in Greece. The football team wrote history when they won the European Championship Cup in Portugal in July 2004, on World Championship in 2010, Greece passed to the 16 best teams. Thanks to Nick Galis, who inspired his generation to learn and play, basketball has become very popular in Greece. The National team won the European Basketball Championship title in 1987 and 2005, in 2006 Greece won the USA in World Championship after 30 years of no defeat from the U.S. team, and lost the final from Spain.


Golf is not a popular sport in Greece. In whole Attica region, there is only one in Glyfada just 13 kilometers from the city center. It was first opened back to 1966, designed by Donald Harradine and hosted events like the World Cup Tournament in 1979 and the Mediterranean Games in 1992. The course is an 18 hole, Par 72 course and can host up to 2,000 people for social events. For more information please contact Glyfada Golf Club Of Athens Terma Pronois Street (K. Karamanlis Avenue), Glyfada GR-16610, P.O. BOX 70116

Tel: +30 2108946459, Fax: +30 2108946834



Tennis is not so popular in Greece, except on the beaches where you can see many people play. The best course is the Athens Olympic Sports Complex (OAKA) which was renovated for the Olympics of 2004. The stadium hosts the Athens Tennis Academy, there are also three squash courts and a gym. For more information please contact The Athens Tennis Academy Olympic Tennis Center inside the Athens Olympic Complex (OAKA).

For more information please contact Hellenic Water Ski Federation 50 Thrakis Str, 163 42 Ilioupoli, Athens.

Tel: +30 210 9944334, 9944014, Fax. 210 9940521



In Athens, swimming is not a sport, it’s a national pastime and an international phenomenon considering that it is the leading Mediterranean capital to be awarded the most “blue flags” for its beaches. You can visit Attica’s beaches(see beaches in Athens) or you can try public or private swimming pools of the city. Water Ski Nautical Club of Vouliagmeni was the first Greek athletic club pioneering in competition water-ski (1959).

For more information please contact Hellenic Water Ski Federation 50 Thrakis Str, 163 42 Ilioupoli, Athens.

Tel: 30 210 9944334, 9944014, Fax. 210 9940521



It is a sport irrevocably connected with the Greek people throughout the country’s long history and centuries of nautical tradition. Today, it is one of the most popular sports and thousands of Greeks practice it systematically (in competitions or as a simple sport) using all types of sailing boats. Information about the sport in Greece, the sailing associations per geographical region, the requirements and procedures to participate in special training programmes, is provided by the: Hellenic Sailing Federation Address: 51 Posidonos Avenue, 183 44 Moschato – Athens.

Tel:(+30) 210 9404825 (8 lines) , Fax:(+30) 210 9404829



Windsurfing gave several times metals to Greece all the past years. Therefore many sportsmen are following this sport. The country is ideal for this kind of sport because of the mild climate and strong winds.

For more information, you may contact at Greek Windsurfing Federation 7 Philelinon Str. Athens

Tel: 30 210 323006.


Athens has many diving centers, and keeps growing. The blue waters make this sport attractive.

For more information you may contact at: Hellenic Federation of Underwater Activities Post Office of the Old West Air – Terminal, 166 04 Elliniko

Tel: (+30) 210-98.19.961, Fax: (+30) 981755.

Winter Sports

Winter Sports in the cooler months Athenians grab their skis and snowboards and head for the hills. If you’re here between December and mid-April, it’s a great time to get to know the region’s mountains and explore their white snowy slopes. Just a couple of hours drive from Athens you can ski on Mount Parnassos (approximately 180 km). The ski center, situated at an altitude of 1,600 to 2,300 meters (5,300 to 7,500 feet), is divided into two separate ski areas — Fterolaka and Kellaria – that feature 13 ski lifts and 23 ski runs totaling 14km (9 miles). There are ski and snowboarding schools, rental facilities and shops where you can buy equipment and clothing. For details on ski centers and refuge huts, please contact Hellenic Ski Federation Address: 7, Karagiorgi Servias, Str. 105 63 Athens Tel: (+30) 210-323-0182, 210 323-4412, Fax:(+30) 210-323-0142 Parnassos Ski Centre Kelaria – Fterolakka Tel: (+30) 22340-22694- 5, 22340-22373, Fax:(+30) 22340-22596

Horse Riding

Horse riding gains popularity especially for the kids and for medical reasons. There is one center in Goudi area, Maroussi and some outside of Athens. Also, there is the Hippodrome in Markopoulo area near the Airport.

For more information, contact the: Hellenic Equestrian Federation 37 Dimitriou Ralli Str, Maroussi – 151 24 Athens

Tel: 30 210 6141986, 210 6141987, 210 6141988, Fax: 30 210 6141859



Cycling gained popularity the past years in Greece, as in rest of West Europe. You can see many cycles on the streets, as lots of them choose bicycles for transport.

For more information: Hellenic Cycling Federation Address: 28 Bouboulinas Str.,

Tel: ( 30) 210-88.31.414


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