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Stroll across the golden sands of vast nature reserves, climbing craggy mountains on the hunt for secret ruins, and dine on fresh Mediterranean olives with traditional Greek meze in lively, portside tavernas. Marathon is a gem on the Greek coastline, a heartbeat from vibrant Athens and its bustling tourist scene. It’s rich in history and favored for its sheltered coastline hugged by the tranquil bay.

Things to see

On the edge of the Marathon region, Mati is a pretty little port town with a bustling community and popular seafood restaurants, thanks in no small part to its strong fishing links. The flagstone promenade grazes the edge of the marina where luxury cruisers idle in the calm waters, and passenger ferries chug back and forth taking tourists to outlying islands. At night, it’s every bit as lively. Traditional Greek tavernas are crowded with laid-back diners, the sandy beaches are empty except for the occasional walker or two, and pulsating music from the open doors of trendy nightclubs can be heard reverberating through the streets. It’s a similar story in Athens, a short drive to the west, although here everything is on a much louder and grander scale. The Parthenon stands proudly atop its mountain perch, glowing in the last of the sunset light, and through the chaotic city streets that squeeze through carelessly placed homes, ancient architecture and fascinating ruins can be found around every corner. A visit to the ruins at Ramnous brings Greek history to life. Located on a pretty terrace with far-reaching views over the glittering sea, this temple and sanctuary is thought to have been built in 5BC. There’s little left here now, except for the crumbling remains of its walls, and you can brush up on its history thanks to the helpful information boards dotted around the site.

Hotels in Marathon

Hotels in Marathon vary according to the price you prefer to pay, but whether you’re choosing discount hotels or accommodation at the upper end of the market, you can find somewhere comfortable to book that affords great facilities. A typical hotel here falls into the middle of the range, boasting comfortable bedrooms with sea view balconies, good-sized outdoor swimming pools that take advantage of the glorious weather, and on-site restaurants serving traditional Greek foods. There aren’t too many luxury hotels in Marathon, but by traveling inland, towards the suburbs of Athens, you’ll find some stylish accommodation with contemporary decor, sophisticated technology, and decadent spas.

Where to stay

Conveniently located close to Athens, hotels in Marathon provide the perfect location for relaxing holidays without the overbearing crowds of packed city streets. Choosing somewhere to stay that’s right on the coast gives you an even greater sense of escapism, enjoying scenic sea views and cool, fresh breezes. The town sits on the curve of a bay, edging around the waterside in a line of soft, sandy beaches, dense foliage, and rugged natural parks. Its coastal road is littered with gaudy tourist shops and charming cafes, mixed with traditional architecture that lines its rambling streets.

How to get to Marathon

International visitors destined for Marathon will usually arrive at Athens International Airport in the south. It’s an uncomplicated journey through to the pleasant coastal town of Marathon, with good main roads to follow through the heart of the landscape, or a scenic ocean-side road to follow through pretty towns and villages. Once in Marathon it’s actually advisable to get around on foot. The narrow streets are a maze that can be difficult to navigate by car.

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