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About Rafina

The perfect place to start or finish an island-hopping holiday in Greece, the ferry port of Rafina is hugely popular with international travellers during the summer months. Only 20 minutes from Athens International Airport, Rafina is the gateway to many of the Cyclades’ most marvellous islands, including Mykonos, Paros, Andros and Ios. Early morning departures or late-night arrivals make booking a room at one of the best places to stay in Rafina very appealing!

Fishing boats bob alongside the ferries in Rafina’s harbour, where you’ll also find a plethora of excellent seafood restaurants. Take the whole family to build sandcastles on the town’s long sandy beach, or pick a perch at one of the cafés on the lively central square for coffee and pastries. Clamber up to the little Church of Agios Nikolaos to marvel at sunsets over the harbour in the evenings.

Further afield, the ancient Temple of Artemis Tavropolos, near Vravrona, beckons — as do the wines of the Domaine Papagiannakos vineyard, which offers excellent tours and tastings. Step back in time at the Marathon Archaeological Museum, or spend a day exploring the many wonders of Athens. Retreat to one of the best places to stay in Rafina for quiet evenings as a family before hopping on the ferry to your island destination.

The Best Places to Stay in Rafina

For Great Value

  • Avra Hotel is a great value base within easy reach of the airport and Rafina's ferry harbour. The best of the comfortable rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies with sea views. Cool off in the swimming pool, head out to sample the bars and restaurants of Perea Beach and the harbour.
  • Hotel Corali is a traditional, family-friendly hotel in Rafina's Central Square. Unpretenious, affordable guest rooms are ideal for couples, friends or families — and the hotel is particularly well-placed for stopovers before early morning ferries to the islands. Harbour restaurants and cafes are moments away.


  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.


  • Fly to Athens International Airport, and take a 20-minute taxi or bus ride to Rafina.
  • There's plenty to see in the region! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Expect hot summers, with temperatures reaching around 25 - 30°C between June and August, which is also peak season. For cooler weather travel in the shoulder season — April, May or late September — when you can also find some great hotel deals.



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Best Hotels in Rafina

  • Hotel Corali Rafina (Athens) 15 rooms from £52

    Value chic  -  This cheap and cheerful family hotel is within easy ditance of the port and being newly refurbished boasts all mod cons needed.
    Great walks  -  A sunset stroll to the towns main sight, the hilltop church Aghios Nikolaos, is highly recommeded for its picturesque views.
    Sights nearby  -  Check out the the ancient temple of Artemis Tavropolos in Rafina.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
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    Cheap, comfortable and convenient stopover hotel in Corali for ferries to Andros and elsewhere, as well as airport transfers. Simple rooms overlook lively town square. Close to the airport, and cheap. See More

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  • Avra Hotel Rafina (Athens) 29 rooms from £65

    Value chic  -  Close to the beach, offering comfortable rooms, extensive breakfast buffet and very reasonable prices!
    Great walks  -  Wander along Perea Seafront and take in the sights and sounds.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    House party feel  -  Be prepared to meet people.
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    A convenient and affordable stay, outside the bustle of central Athens. A great stopover hotel with comfortable rooms, off street parking, proximity to the airport and the ferry terminal. The sea views and beach action are a real plus! See More

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