Cars can be hired from Rafina or the
airport. Please see our Car or No Car page for details.
We have three bicycles that our guests are welcome
to use, on a first come first served basis, and at their own risk. We invite in return a small contribution
towards maintenance costs. Additional
bicycles can usually be hired in Nea Makri but please order in advance to be sure.
fisherman Yiannis offers boat trips from Nea Makri harbour.
June and September the section of coast between Marathon Beach and
Schinias Beach has a number of beach clubs with water sports including
windsurfing, sailing, water skiing and canoeing. Scuba diving is
available all year round (accessible by bus). Towards Marathon
there's a horse riding centre and a tennis club. Please see the
Links page for more information.
are many rock climbing sites within easy reach. You'll need a car,
ideally a four wheel drive. Again please see the Links page for
Fifteen minutes away by car is the spectacular long
sandy beach backed by pine forest at Schinias.
In July and August a few buses link Nea Makri to Schinias beach.
BEACH IN THE FAR DISTANCE BEHIND NEA MAKRI
VIEW OF SCHINIAS BEACH FROM HIGHER UP THE MOUNTAIN
views of Schinias beach from closer up ...
there are no longer any facilities on the beach and nobody is available
to keep the area clean
In winter months the wetlands of Schinias National Park, behind
the pine forest, have a very impressive range of bird life.
birding blogspot for these two photos. They have many
more on their site.
20 minutes drive away is the impressive archaeological site of Rhamnous.
archaeological museum of Marathon has a very interesting collection of
ancient artifacts found in this general area. There are also some partly
excavated burial chambers.
burial mound, said to contain the bodies of 192 Athenian soldiers from
the famous 490 BC Battle of Marathon, is around 4 km north of Nea Makri town, near to Marathon
site includes display boards with descriptions of the battle and an
interesting three dimensional model of the area. Absolute
Astronomy has some excellent information about the battle and the
origins of the marathon run.
Sanctuary of the Egyptian Gods archaeological site is on the coast around 1.5 km north of Nea
Makri harbour. The original
statues that were excavated on the site are on display at the Marathon
town, accessible by bus from Nea Makri, has little of interest except
the Marathon Run
Makri is around a quarter of the way along the Athens Classic Marathon
route. In 2019 the race will take place on Sunday 10th November.
RACE LEADERS APPROACH
GUESTS NANCY AND STEFAN FROM BELGIUM ONLY HAVE 32
KM TO GO
FRIEND AND NOW OURS, JAN, FOLLOWED IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS IN
Lake with its marble dam is a few kilometres north west of Marathon town.
fascinating and very famous Monastery
of Saint Ephraim is around 2 km west of
Nea Makri town centre. It is a working convent, accessible
to the public between 07.00 and 12.00 and between 16.00 and 1800 daily.
is reportedly one of the oldest in the Attica region. In 1426 a
group of Turkish barbarians attacked the monastery and killed, amongst
others, St Ephraim whose alleged remains are on display. The mulberry
tree on which he was believed to have been hanged is also on view.
the bay from Nea Makri is the very large island of Evia, joined to the
mainland by a bridge around 80 km (50 miles) to the north.
There is a local ferry crossing to Evia from the village of Agia
Marina, a few kilometres behind Schinias. The crossing takes
around 45 minutes and Agia Marina port is served by bus from Nea Makri,
so this is an easy and very enjoyable day trip.
island of Andros is a two hour ferry trip from the port of Rafina and
again is another possible day trip. We can normally get our guests to and
from Rafina by car.
island of Aegina
can also be visited in a day. It is 40 minutes by hydrofoil or
just over an hour by ferry from the main port of Piraeus, itself easily
reached by bus and metro from Nea Makri.
well as enjoying the port town, you can use buses or taxis to see the Temple
of Aphaia, the famous monastery of Saint
Nektarios, have a swim at the village of Agia
Marina, and enjoy a fresh fish lunch in the village of Perdika.
Zoo is around 20 minutes drive from Nea Makri.
famous archaeological sites can be reached by car within a day, including
(Eleusis), Sounio and
miss the canal
if you pass through Corinth. Make sure you see both the high
bridge for canal views and the low bridge at Isthmus that goes down
to let ships pass over it. Please see this local map
a day trip to Delphi, please see this map and these
a day or two in the Northeast Peloponnese, please see this map and these
Olympia, the mountain monasteries of Meteora, or islands
other than Evia, Andros and Aegina all require overnight stays.
the winter, ski resorts at Parnassos
near Delphi and Kalavrita
in the northern Peloponnese can be visited within a day but overnight
stays will make visits more relaxing and enjoyable. Good snow
conditions in Greece are not guaranteed at any time so there's an
element of luck for visitors unless they book at the last minute.
Current conditions can be found at SnowReport.gr.