Marathon: Where history meets the magic of nature
Marathon is not just one of the most famous toponyms around the world, but also a city worth visiting and admiring for its natural beauty and enchanting atmosphere.
Built on the northeast coast of Attica, just 40 km away from Athens, Marathon has become a very attractive destination for visitors, as it is only twenty minutes away from Athens International Airport and just ten minutes away from the port of Rafina, a port that connects the Greek capital with the cosmopolitan Aegean islands.
It is also one of the few areas of Attica, which combines the blue sea and the green of the mountains (as it is located at the foothills of Mount Penteli and bordered by the Gulf of Evia). That renders Marathon very attractive for visitors, not only in summer but in winter also.
Marathon run museum
The Marathon Run Museum constitutes a pole of attraction for the hundreds of the city visitors, who are being tour guided at the “Olympic Marathon” exhibition. This exhibition is a donation of the Olympic Museum of Lausanne to the Municipality of Marathon.
The exhibition is divided in two different partitions. In the first building, a travel in the Olympic Marathon’s history is being held (through a valuable collection of rare items), while in the second building, the World Marathon Run movement is recorded, through thematic partitions, dedicated to the marathons, carried out in every corner of the planet, to Olympic champions, to the appearance of women participating in the marathons, even to the equipment of the marathon runners.
The archaeological sites of Marathon
Marathon visitors can be guided to monuments and artifacts through which, a unique period of 5000 years of civilization, is unfolded, from the Neolithic Age to the Roman era. From life in the cave of Oenoe and the early Helladic cemetery in Plasi, to the battle of Marathon in 490 BC and later until the works of Herodes Atticus and the Temple of the Egyptian gods in Brexiza.