The battle of Marathon was a pivotal moment in the history of Greece: the outnumbered Athenians defeated the first invasion by the Persian army in 490 BC and set the stage for a century of splendor and Greek innovation in politics, philosophy, art, theatre, and culture.
At Marathon, you will have the chance to visit the Tumulus of the Athenians that shelters the bodies of some two-hundred soldiers who fell in the battle of Marathon, as well as the replica of the trophy of Marathon erected to commemorate their win. You can find information regarding admission and tickets at the official website of the Ministry of Culture. Contact MAMAKITA for a family-oriented tour in the archaeological site and the Museum.
Commemorating the run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, the messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens, the “Marathon” refers also to the running event with the official distance of 42.195 kilometers (26 miles and 385 yards). It is worthy of visiting the “Marathon Run Museum”, with over 4000 exhibits that record the history of the Marathon race from 1896 until today. Check the website for further details.
Next to the archaeological site, you will find “Agroktima Diamanti”, a bio-farm open to the public every weekend from 9:00 to 18:00, where you can buy fresh fruit, vegetables and milk products. In the farm, you can watch or participate in the cultivation, feed the animals and let the children play in the small playground, while you taste Greek authentic products. You can find out more at the website.
Bear in mind that fish taverns at the water’s edge can be found at the beach of Marathon, (i.e. “Faros”-The Lighthouse 0030.2294056164) as well as at the neighboring beach of Shinias (“Dolphin” 0030.2294063253). Both beaches are family-friendly with shallow waters and sand ideal for sandcastles! Do not forget to use sunscreen and sunhats.