Makri is the main town of the Municipality of Marathon. It's a medium sized town situated on the
eastern Attica coast a few kilometres north of the port of Rafina.
Attica is the
region (prefecture) of mainland Greece that includes the city of Athens.
A few kilometres to the north is the small town of
Marathon, famous for its ancient battle and the associated long distance
TOWN OF NEA MAKRI
The centre of Athens is around
32 kilometres (20
miles) away. The journey to
the heart of the city by
public transport takes about one and a quarter hours. Using a taxi
instead of the bus to get to the metro station, costing little extra for
4 people, cuts this to around 50 minutes.
Athens International Airport is half
an hour’s drive away.
The port of Rafina, around
10 km (6 miles) away,
has frequent sailings to the Aegean islands of Andros, Tinos and
Through the summer there are a few sailings to other islands.
Fifteen minutes away by car is the spectacular long
sandy beach backed by pine forest at Schinias.
In winter months the wetlands of Schinias National Park, behind
the pine forest, have a very impressive
range of bird life.
Also within half an hour’s drive are the
impressive ancient site of Ramnous, the archaeological and road race
museums of Marathon, Marathon Lake with its marble dam, the famous Monastery (convent) of St Ephraim, and Attica Zoo.
Across 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.
are excellent road links, avoiding Athens centre, to many famous
archaeological sites including Delphi. Ancient Corinth, Mycenae, and
see the Local Attractions page for further details.
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THE SOUTH WEST IS THE CITY OF ATHENS AND TO THE SOUTH IS ATHENS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Nea Makri has big advantages over the coastal
suburbs on the south western coast of Athens.
Firstly, it is a long way away from industry of any kind so the
sea is very clean. Secondly,
the busy main road runs around 400 metres (quarter of a mile) back from
the coast, giving the harbour and beach area very much of an island
The central harbour is around ten
to fifteen minutes walk from
Villa Verde, as is the main town
square in the busy commercial district.
All the main Greek banks have branches here and good rates of
currency exchange are readily available (though it seems that large
commissions are now charged for cashing travellers' cheques in
currencies other than the Euro).
Foreign newspapers and magazines can be found in the town.
There are small beaches as little as 150 metres
from our home and there are more extensive and sandier beaches in the
area of the harbour. A few hundred
of the town is the European Union classified “Blue Flag” Brexiza beach with
proven cleanliness and with lifeguard and other facilities.
This beach, backed by trees, is around half an hour’s walk from
Villa Verde and there is very limited vehicle access.
A little way
north of Brexiza beach is the Sanctuary of the Egyptian Gods
Meltemi wind can whip up the waves in Nea Makri during the summer,
especially between mid July and the end of August. However, calmer
seas can nearly always be found at Schinias.
There are many bars and restaurants in and around
town. Along the coast most
of the restaurants cook high quality fresh fish and meat to order,
though it is possible to find more traditional Greek meals in the town.
On the outskirts of town is a Vietnamese restaurant. Half way to Marathon there is an Indian restaurant.
There are a few music bars but they don’t
normally try to
compete with each other so a stroll along the coast is rarely spoiled by
intrusive noise. Younger holidaymakers wanting to visit coastal Athens and looking for a busy night life should check out
Glyfada on the south western Athens coast.
the centre of town is an open air cinema.
Thursday morning there is a street market near the town centre selling
fruit, vegetables, clothes, shoes, and household and other goods.
a number of foreign tourists do visit Nea Makri, the vast majority
of people are either locals or visitors from Athens, many of whom own or
rent weekend and holiday homes here.
Nea Makri, then, is a place for a relaxing
or short break, with good access to the centre of Athens, to Rafina
port, to Athens International Airport, and to many other
places of interest.