LOCATION

As one of the most renowned historic areas worldwide, Marathon offers its guests unique emotions with its monuments and archaeological places, but also with the natural beauty of its landscapes. It is the only city that has given its name to an Olympic sport, generously offering a priceless heritage.

It is a rural municipality featuring a plain of 13,600 acres. Thanks to its distinct morphology, it combines mountains overlooking the Attica basin and seaside areas, expanding over a coastline of more than 40 kilometers – one of the longest in Greece – with numerous spectacular beaches all along.

The fame of Marathon is due to the homonymous battle in September of 490 B.C. between the Athenians (along with the Plataeans) and Persians, which changed the course of human history. Its name seems to derive from the local hero, Marathon, as well as – allegedly – from marathos (fennel), a herb that was thriving in this area during ancient times.

The historical monuments and archaeological sites accumulated in this area, constitute a pole of attraction for visitors from all over the world. The most popular ones include the Marathon Tomb, the Archaeological Museum of Marathon, the Archaeological Site of Rhamnous, the Early Helladic Cemetery of Vranas and the Marathon Lake with its historic dam.

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BEACHES
  • 1. Sesi beach

    The scenic beach of Sesi area, creates the ideal landscape for relaxation and tranquility.

  • 2. Dikastika rocky beaches

    The beautiful rocks and the crystal clear waters at Dikastika area, with a view to Evoikos bay, will enchant you.

  • 3. Brexiza beach

    Blue flag for crystal clear waters. The beach of Brexiza is accessible from the picturesque pedestrian street of Nea Makri and has a beautiful sandy beach

  • 4. Galazia Akti beach bar
  • 5. Moraitis beach bar

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  • 6. Karavi Schinias beach bar

    Blue flag for crystal clear waters

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SIGHTSEEINGS
  • 1. The Pedestrian Street by the sea and St. Kyriaki

    On the popular seaside walkway between Nea Makri and Marathon, you will come across the beautiful whitewashed chapel of St. Kyriaki with its characteristic blue dome, which brings images of the Cycladic islands to mind. A great place to have a short rest and enjoy the view.

  • 2. The monastery of St. Ephraim at Nea Makri

    Every year, thousands of believers embark on a pilgrimage to the monastery – especially people in search of cure – since the Saint was known for his miracles.

  • 3. The Schinias National Park (Natura 2000 network) – The Olympic Rowing Center

    This is an exceptional embossed landscape, serving as the most important coastal ecosystem of Attica. Stretching over 1384 acres, this land is dominated by water which originates from springs and flows towards the sea, preserving swamps, lakes and streams on its way. The area belongs to Natura 2000 network as it features 19 habitat types, 115 bird species with a potential diversity of 215 species, as well as endangered species of freshwater fish, amphibians and reptiles. The National Park also hosts the Olympic Rowing Center.

  • 4. The Marathon Lake with the historic dam

    The artificial lake of Marathon was created in 1931 to serve as the primary source of water supply for Athens. It expands over 245 acres, while its maximum depth is 54 meters. The top of its historic dam – the only dam in the world made of stone – is at 227 meters above sea level.

  • 5. Τhe Sanctuary of Egyptian Gods in Brexiza

    The large Sanctuary of the Egyptian Gods was established during the beginning of the Roman Period, in the middle of a marsh where there used to be a complex of baths. The statues which adorned its four gates and other areas of the Sanctuary are now displayed in the Archeological Museum of Marathon.

  • 6. The Oinoi Gorge with the medieval tower

    The entrance to the Gorge of Oinoi is signaled by the medieval tower built around 1250 AC and the baths and fountain in the mansion of Herodes Atticus. The place is a true paradise with lush paths, crystal water springs and small ponds.

  • 7. The Archaeological Site of Rhamnous

    It is the only archaeological site in Attica that is so well preserved, representing a cultural heritage monument of priceless value. In ancient times, it served as a port and watchtower of strategic importance for Athens.

  • 8. The Tomb of the Plataeans

    In this second tomb (out of the three in total to be formed after the historic Battle of Marathon) were buried the Plataean soldiers who fought by the side of Miltiades.

  • 9. The Tomb of the Athenians

    This tomb, of 9 meters high and 50 meters diameter, is a huge pile which covered the cremated bones of the 192 Athenians who lost their lives during the Battle of Marathon and were buried there on the spot.

MUSEUMS
  • 1. The Interactive European Bread Museum of Varnavas

    A museum where one can get to know the cultural wealth of this majestic village and also see more than 500 types of embroidered bread from Greece and 22 foreign countries.

  • 2. The Folk Museum of Marathon

    A historical building of 1880, which originally hosted the first primary school of the area and then the town hall, today serves as a museum with 2,000 exhibits which cover a time period of 200 years. Visitors have the opportunity to admire valuable historic and family items, as well as relics reflecting the identity and culture of our ancestors.

  • 3. The Early Helladic Cemetery of Vranas

    One of the most impressive cemeteries of the Early Bronze Age (3000 BC) in the Helladic territory. The oldest burial site dates back to the Late Neolithic Age.

  • 4. The Marathon Run Museum

    The Museum possesses 3,100 exhibits illustrating the history of the Marathon Run from 1896 to date. It is divided in thematic sections according to the Marathons which have taken place in every corner of the world, with references to the Olympic winners, the beginnings of women’s participation in the Marathon and even the equipment of Marathon runners.

  • 5. The Archaeological Museum of Marathon

    The Museum displays exhibits of pottery (mostly from the Cave of Pan), marble works such as inscriptions, busts of Herodes Atticus and his students, bas-relief statues and inscriptions of Roman times, as well as the statues of Brexiza – the only Egyptian Sanctuary in the Helladic territory.

POINTS OF INTEREST

THE TOMB OF THE ATHENIANS

This tomb, of 9 meters high and 50 meters diameter, is a huge pile which covered the cremated bones of the 192 Athenians who lost their lives during the Battle of Marathon and were buried there on the spot.

THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM OF MARATHON

The Museum displays exhibits of pottery (mostly from the Cave of Pan), marble works such as inscriptions, busts of Herodes Atticus and his students, bas-relief statues and inscriptions of Roman times, as well as the statues of Brexiza – the only Egyptian Sanctuary in the Helladic territory.

THE TOMB OF THE PLATAEANS

In this second tomb (out of the three in total to be formed after the historic Battle of Marathon) were buried the Plataean soldiers who fought by the side of Miltiades.

THE MARATHON RUN MUSEUM

The Museum possesses 3,100 exhibits illustrating the history of the Marathon Run from 1896 to date. It is divided in thematic sections according to the Marathons which have taken place in every corner of the world, with references to the Olympic winners, the beginnings of women’s participation in the Marathon and even the equipment of Marathon runners.

THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE OF RHAMNOUS

It is the only archaeological site in Attica that is so well preserved, representing a cultural heritage monument of priceless value. In ancient times, it served as a port and watchtower of strategic importance for Athens.

ΤHE SANCTUARY OF EGYPTIAN GODS IN BREXIZA

The large Sanctuary of the Egyptian Gods was established during the beginning of the Roman Period, in the middle of a marsh where there used to be a complex of baths. The statues which adorned its four gates and other areas of the Sanctuary are now displayed in the Archeological Museum of Marathon.

THE EARLY HELLADIC CEMETERY OF VRANAS

One of the most impressive cemeteries of the Early Bronze Age (3000 BC) in the Helladic territory. The oldest burial site dates back to the Late Neolithic Age.

THE OINOI GORGE WITH THE MEDIEVAL TOWER

The entrance to the Gorge of Oinoi is signaled by the medieval tower built around 1250 AC and the baths and fountain in the mansion of Herodes Atticus. The place is a true paradise with lush paths, crystal water springs and small ponds.

THE FOLK MUSEUM OF MARATHON

A historical building of 1880, which originally hosted the first primary school of the area and then the town hall, today serves as a museum with 2,000 exhibits which cover a time period of 200 years. Visitors have the opportunity to admire valuable historic and family items, as well as relics reflecting the identity and culture of our ancestors.

THE INTERACTIVE EUROPEAN BREAD MUSEUM OF VARNAVAS

A museum where one can get to know the cultural wealth of this majestic village and also see more than 500 types of embroidered bread from Greece and 22 foreign countries.

THE MARATHON LAKE WITH THE HISTORIC DAM

The artificial lake of Marathon was created in 1931 to serve as the primary source of water supply for Athens. It expands over 245 acres, while its maximum depth is 54 meters. The top of its historic dam – the only dam in the world made of stone – is at 227 meters above sea level.

THE SCHINIAS NATIONAL PARK (NATURA 2000 NETWORK) – THE OLYMPIC ROWING CENTER

This is an exceptional embossed landscape, serving as the most important coastal ecosystem of Attica. Stretching over 1384 acres, this land is dominated by water which originates from springs and flows towards the sea, preserving swamps, lakes and streams on its way. The area belongs to Natura 2000 network as it features 19 habitat types, 115 bird species with a potential diversity of 215 species, as well as endangered species of freshwater fish, amphibians and reptiles. The National Park also hosts the Olympic Rowing Center.

THE PEDESTRIAN STREET BY THE SEA AND ST. KYRIAKI

On the popular seaside walkway between Nea Makri and Marathon, you will come across the beautiful whitewashed chapel of St. Kyriaki with its characteristic blue dome, which brings images of the Cycladic islands to mind. A great place to have a short rest and enjoy the view.

THE MONASTERY OF ST. EPHRAIM AT NEA MAKRI

Every year, thousands of believers embark on a pilgrimage to the monastery – especially people in search of cure – since the Saint was known for his miracles.