Verde - Guest Information
Please feel free to
take with you on your travels any of the information that you will find
in our Guest Information folder. It will
help us if you can please put leaflets and cards back in the folder
before you leave. We can
make copies for you if you would like to take anything away with you.
Just ask if you would
like any more information on these or other aspects of Nea Makri, Athens
Hour ‘Reception’ and Room Service
We’re available 24 hours a day to help you with
absolutely anything. When
you’re at home just ring our doorbell.
One of us will usually be immediately available but, if we are
both out, call our mobile number. When
you’re out and about please carry one of our cards with you so that
you, or anyone you may be having problems with, can always contact us.
In Greece you should
always carry identification papers with you.
For foreign tourists a photocopy of your passport should be
enough. If you need a copy,
we can make one for you.
Please carry one of our
cards with you and we’ll always try to help you with any problems.
The EU wide emergency telephone number is 112. The tourist police are multilingual on 171.
The police station is near the town centre (7 on town map).
We can lock up your
valuables in our safe, though there is no guarantee that our insurance
would cover loss of these items so it would have to be at your own risk.
help us to recycle our waste by collecting glass, plastic, paper and
metal waste in carrier bags and by using the waste bin only for other
waste. Silvia will collect
your waste when she cleans your room every day.
If you prefer to take it out yourselves you’ll find waste bins
at the side of the garage or otherwise there are plenty of street bins.
Recycled waste goes in the blue coloured street bins.
happy to put your washing through our machine for 5 Euros per load.
We can lend you an iron.
Please help yourselves to any of the herbs and
spices that you’ll find around our garden.
These include rosemary, mint, bay leaves, and a variety of hot
peppers when in season.
Greengrocer & Pharmacy
is an excellent bakery (ΦΟΥΡΝΟΣ),
open all day and every day, around 600 metres from Villa Verde where you
can buy freshly baked bread and home made biscuits and cakes (13 on town
door is a very good greengrocer and next door again is the nearest
with a large green cross outside the shop).
of the national Greek banks have branches in
Nea Makri and good rates of currency exchange are available (though it
seems that large commissions are now charged for cashing travellers'
cheques in currencies other than the Euro).
are on Marathonas Avenue within 300 metres of the main square.
Opening hours are 08.00 – 14.00 Monday to Friday.
commercial centre of Nea Makri surrounds the main square on Marathonas
Most shops open from around 09.00 until 14.00 Monday to Saturday
and from 17.30 until 21.00 on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and
Fresh food shops (meat, seafood, fruit & vegetables) also
open Sunday mornings.
There are several supermarkets and mini-markets near the
town centre and on the outskirts of town.
Supermarkets (S on town map) open 08.00 to 21.00 Monday to Friday
and 08.00 to 20.00 on Saturdays, and mini markets normally for longer
hours including Sundays.
a street market in the town centre every Thursday morning between around
08.30 and 14.30 in Agiou Pavlou Street, the first parallel street west
of Marathonas Avenue (away from the coast) and running north from the
You can usually find good value fruit, vegetables and salads,
much of it locally grown - look for
ΜΑΡΑΘΩΝΑ (Marathon) on the stall
for local products.
newspapers and magazines can usually be found at the shop on the
southeast corner of the main square.
nearest kiosk, selling drinks, biscuits, sweets, snacks, cigarettes,
etc., is on the coast road towards the harbour, around 600 metres from
Stamps can only be
bought at the Post Office in the town centre (11 on town map).
Be prepared to queue! Opening
hours are 07.30 – 14.00 Monday to Friday.
taxi rank is on the main square. Taxis
can be called from the main square on 22940 91300 though they will start
the meter as they set out from the square to pick you up.
If you're away from Nea Makri and if you can't stop one on the street, the local radio taxi service on 22940 31131 is usually cheaper. They
will need an exact address for a pick up.
The taxi meter should always be running unless you have agreed a
price for your trip and it should be on number 1 rate between 5 am and
midnight. One very reliable local taxi driver is Manolis on 6944 474811,
especially useful for advance bookings from Villa Verde.
services are very much reduced because of the virus situation.
The most reliable information on the internet is only in Greek so
please ask us for the latest details of routes and times.
Hire and Day Trips
It’s usually best to
hire from the airport – please see the Car
or No Car page of our web site.
We can offer several
options if you prefer to be driven rather than driving yourselves.
We have three bicycles for our guests to use at their own risk and on a first come first
served basis. There's a man's 26", a ladies 26", and a
24" mountain bike. Like those available from the bike hire
shop, they're fairly old but they all work well enough on level ground.
We're not going to get into formal hire arrangements but we ask
guests who want to use them to please consider making a contribution
towards the costs of buying and maintaining them, perhaps €2
a day or €10 per week per bike.
If ours are unavailable, bicycles can sometimes be hired for €5
a day or €20 a week at Sport Kypris in Nea Makri town near the Post
Office (10 on town map), telephone 22940 98434.
You usually need to book in advance.
local sites are closed on Mondays and open 08.00 to 15.00 on other days.
Many other sites, including some of the main sites in Athens,
also close or operate reduced hours on Mondays.
The Acropolis closes very early through the winter.
We’ll happily make phone calls to confirm opening times for any
sites you may want to visit.
small archaeological museum at Marathon is two kilometres from the
nearest bus stop so, unless we can take you, you’ll need to get there
by car, bicycle or taxi. The
museum ticket costs €6
summer, €3 winter, and also includes entry to the Tumulus of the Athenians.
sites in Greece offer free entry to under 25’s who live in EU
countries on production of a passport or identity card.
Entry is also free for older EU students on production of a
student card. All under
5’s can enter without payment. There
are reduced price tickets for over 65’s who live in the EU, for all
under 25’s on production of a passport or identity card, and for non-EU
students on production of a student card.
A local fisherman
has a licence to take people out in his boat, maybe for fishing,
maybe just for the ride. Prices on application, Jannis Armenistis
6932 267887 or, better, speak to us and Chris might join you.
requests by previous guests, we’ve bought two very good quality
sunbeds that our guests with cars can take to the beach.
There’s a small beach umbrella with each sunbed.
We ask for a contribution, please, of €2
a day or €10 per week per sunbed –
umbrella set. Please do not
use them in our garden because space is limited and they could damage
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).
is an open-air cinema on Marathonas Avenue near the main square (summer
only - 12 on town map). There
is also a closed cinema at the municipal recreation centre on Marathonas
Avenue around 2 km north of the main square.
are two hard courts at the municipal recreation centre on Marathonas
Avenue around 2 km north of the main square with limited availability to
the public. There’s also a tennis club on the Nea Makri – Marathon
borders, phone 22940 55481. Please
ask us if you are interested.
a riding school close to the Marathon archaeological museum, phone 22940
57051, 6932 465365. Again,
please ask us if you are interested.
won’t find decent postcards in Nea Makri so buy them in Athens.
We have a few for guests who don’t go into Athens so please
Nea Makri has many café bars.
Most of those on the sea front charge relatively high prices.
You’ll find much better value in the café bars around the
WE DO NOT ACCEPT COMMISSION FROM ANYONE.
These are genuinely the places that we believe offer the best
value for money.
Nea Makri also has many restaurants.
Most of those on the sea front offer salads and other simple
starters along with good quality meat and fish cooked to order.
Opposite the harbour is Ladokosta (Λαδόκωστα) that offers only home made beef and chicken burgers
and mini pork kebabs with a couple of side dishes, but in a very nice
location and at good prices (5 on town map).
Order from the
also offer ‘gyros’ but we much prefer those at the central square.
Our favourites for seafood are the Corali (το Κοράλι) and the Dichty
next to each other and around 200
metres from Villa Verde (1 on town map).
Whole fresh fish can be expensive in Greece so check the price
before you order. Other good
seafood restaurants are To Plokami (Το ΠΛΟΚΑΜΙ)
(6 on town map) and Ta Votsalakia (Τα Βοτσαλάκια) by the far end of the harbour, near the corner of
the street that heads up to the church (very close to 5 on town map).
At the main square there are a number of grill
and souvlaki houses offering competitively priced meals and snacks, including
Eponimo (Το Επώνυμο) with seating inside and out.
style fried chicken as also available at Chicken Lab, on the same side
of the square as the souvlaki houses.
A choice of traditional, pre-cooked Greek dishes
is only available café style or takeaway, usually only between
11.30 and 17.00.
There’s Christos (O ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ), immediately above the
police station (7 on town map), KOO ZI NAKI, open until 20.00 (now
opposite the post office) and Dora’s (Ντόρας) (9 on town map).
All have a few tables if you want to eat lunch there.
Steki (ΤΟ ΣΤΕΚΙ) is usually very good for fresh meat cooked to order
(8 on town map). They open
from 6 pm Monday to Saturday and for lunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Closed for holidays for one week Easter and two weeks August.
You’ll find business cards for most of these
cafes and restaurants in the information folder that will help you to
recognise their Greek language signs.
There’s a Vietnamese restaurant on Marathonas
Avenue, around 500 metres north of the main square, open only evenings
except Sunday. They offer a
fixed price buffet meal on Wednesday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes.
Many restaurants will deliver meals and there
are also pizza delivery services. Some
leaflets are included at the back of the folder but unfortunately in
some cases only in Greek. We
can strongly recommend Pizza Jumbo and we’ll be happy to make a
telephone order on your behalf for free delivery to Villa Verde.
We’d also be happy to make phone calls if you’d like to order
from anywhere else.