Schinias, Marathon: one of Athens most famous vacation area. The properties are situated about 40 km from Athens in the estate called “Themis” (the Greek Judges and Attorneys Housing Estate) next to one of the best beaches in Greece, stretching for many miles along the pine tree forest.
With a splendid view over Schinias National Park and the Aegean Sea, it is ideal for stay. The properties are located in half-an-hour drive from the airport.
One of the most beautiful areas of Athens, Schinias National Park is where you will be able to combine great swimming, relaxation, incredible natural beauty, bird watching, water sports, canoeing or rowing, cycling or walking.
PART OF THE NATURA 2000 NETWORK
The area encompasses 13.84 square kilometers and includes a wetland, a coastal pine forest, a freshwater spring, a peninsula, a hill and a magnificent bay and is the most important coastal ecosystem of Attica and belongs to the Natura 2000 network. The Park also includes the Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Center.
THE BATTLE OF MARATHON
Historically this area identifies with the Battle of Marathon which took place in 490 BC. This is where the Persian army made camp and such a culturally rich area of Attica that no one should forego. Over 5000 years of Greek civilization unfolded here. The Marathon’s Battle Trophy is within walking distance from the Park and if you have the time make a point of visiting the archaeological site and museum of Marathon.
THE WORLD MARATHON MOVEMENT
Perhaps the most famous and inspiring athletic event known all over the world is the Athens Classic Marathon Race which takes place every year, usually in the fall. Participants of different ages and races take place to run the 42 kilometer race from Marathon to the Panathenaic Stadium. If you are interested in learning more or even participating in the race you can learn more from the official Athens Authentic Marathon site.
At 8 km from the town of Marathon you will find the Lake Marathon, which is faced with a huge Pentelic marble dam (50m high and stretching for 300m), the same marble used to build the Parthenon. This lake used to be the unique water source of Athens until 1956. There is also a beautiful cafeteria working on spot.
FERRIES TO EUBOEA AND CYCLADES ISLANDS
Ferry boats are traveling daily to the nearest island Euboea, from Agia Marina port to Nea Styra.
Rafina, Athens second biggest port is 15km nearby for the Cyclades islands like Andros, Tinos, Mykonos, Santorini in the Aegean sea.
GO AHEAD AND SWIM
After all your sightseeing is done don’t leave without enjoying a swim at the beautiful pine fringed beach of Schinias, considered as one of the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in Athens. Perfect for families and windsurfers. After a full and eventful day stop by the fish restaurants which are located right on Schinias beach and are by far the best choice for lunch in the area.