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Schinias Beach at Marathon
190 07 Athens, Greece
30 229 405 5950
NileGuide Expert tip:
Combine your swim with a trip to the sites of Ramnous and Marathon, then eat lunch in one of the dozens of meat tavernas serving up tasty lamb chops.
Schinias is the longest beach on the Eastern coast of Attica. It's loved by locals for the calm waters and shallow waters, friendly to children and cautious bathers. It's surrounded by pines that thrive in the sandy soil, making it a green, shady beach. The sheer length of the beach lends a variety of experiences. Karavi Beach is a traditional, organized beach with umbrellas, lounge chairs and loud, dicoteque music - good if you're wanting to people watch or catch some eyes yourself. If not, continue to the piney region of the beach where you can hunt for a private place to swim.
Karavi beach is not open on Mondays, but the best time to go is definitely during the week. On weekends the beach is flooded with Athenians getting their nature fix. There are reports that the beach has a littering issue- our suggestion is to keep walking until you find a spot that seems desirable. It's 300 meters, after all.
This was the area used for the Olympic Rowing event
in 2004 and is still used by rowers, windsurfers. and kite surfers. The beach is 3 km away from the tomb of the Battle of Marathon
. Also close by is the beautiful, little-known, ancient site of Ramnous