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Marathon Athens: This region is a well-known site, since it is the place where the famous battle of Marathon between the Greeks and the Persian army took place in 490 BC. The story says that after the bloody battle, a messenger named Pheidippides ran the 42 km that divided Marathon from Athens to announce the victory of the Greeks, and died from exhaustion right after spreading the news. This story is what started the marathon foot race in witch today runners follow the same Pheidippides route.
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. The beautiful ruins of the Doric Temple of Nemesis (435 BC), goddess of retribution as well as the 6th century small temple of Themis , goddess of justice and law, are located nearby. The Archaeological Museum of Marathonas will keep you into the archaeological mood. This interesting region also has some little rocky inlets with clean and nice water, very agreeable to visit, as well as the big and beautiful beach of Schinias.
There are many ways to reach Marathon Beach, from any location in Athens.
Airport to Marathon Beach: 31.8 km / 19.7 miles | Piraeus port to Marathon Beach: 49 km / 30.4 miles | Syntagma square to Marathon Beach: 36.2 km / 22.4 miles
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Athens transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 693 881 8288, 0030 694 597 2090, 0030 690 943 9292 or book your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car in Athens with as little as 13 euros per day and pick it up directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover Marathon Beach and many other places of interest in Athens at their own pace.
By KTEL bus: There are buses (KTEL) from “Pedion Areos” station (3 minutes on foot from “Victoria” metro station on line 1) to Marathon. Check the official timetables here.
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