Our first venture out of Nea Makri was to the local small town of Marathon. Located around 15 min drive away from Nea Makri and is where the original Athens Classic Marathon starts. This week Nea Makri & Marathon hosted its very own half marathon so we ventured out to discover the real reason behind this ancient run.
Last weekend we celebrated the Nea Makri half Marathon and we went along to cheer on some local friends and associates.
Nea Makri Half Marathon Runners
This quaint little town is located just 40 km from the centre of Athens and is home to the Marathon Run Museum and the birthplace of this ancient run. We were assisted by a lovely lady named Olympia and spent a very interesting hour inside the museum and watched the 20min movie explaining all about Pheidippides the ancient run. It is well worth a visit even if you have never actually ran a marathon we all have someone close to us that has taken their own marathon journey.
Further through the village is the actual starting line where the runners begin the enduring run along Marathonas Avenue and 42.195 km to the centre of Athens.
Next to the starting bridge is a small fun cafe where runners can stock up on energy drinks and snacks before they head out on the road.
Being a coffee lover I am learning to share the Greek love of Frape (cold Coffee), I will let you know how it goes but so far I am not a convert.
The picturesque small town still boasts typical Greek style architecture. In the centre there is a gathering square edged with a few cafes and a beautiful church. We found some amazing locations for photo shoots and we plan return back again very soon.
The Church of Ag. Ioanna stands majestically in the centre of the village and often plays host to many Orthodox Weddings and Baptism ceremonies.
Some of the remains of the old village life which make great photo shoot locations.
There are many more reasons to visit this ancient area, the municipality of Marathonas boasts a lake/dam, beach front and the most fertile land in Attica where heaps of the produce grown here supply Athens. There are few versions of why the actual name Marathon was awarded and I feel this could be it, due to the abundance of marathonas (fennel type herb) which still flourishes over the plane of Marathon. It is truly a place where nature meets history & architecture.
Keep following whilst we discover more of this amazing corner.