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Thu, 11 May 2017

Holidays In Nea Makri

Nea Makri Holidays at a Glance

The pretty resort of Nea Makri clusters around an enclosed harbour lined with palms trees and places to eat and enjoy the scenery. Near to the port of Rafina on the Athens peninsula, it enjoys a mild climate and is an idyllic choice for a holiday, with many bars and restaurants in and around town. Along the coast are some great fish restaurants and in town, more traditional tavernas, some providing music. There is also an open air cinema near the centre. 

Nea Makri is a long way away from any of the industrial activity of Athens outskirts, and so the sea is extremely clean here. And with the main road set back about a quarter of a mile from the coast, the harbour and beach area have an island feel. Further along the coast is the pine-backed beach at Schinias where the seas are nearly always calm. In winter it is home to a wide range of wild birds. A few hundred metres north of the town is the Blue-Flag beach of Brexiza which has a lifeguard and other facilities. With excellent conditions for watersports, too, Nea Makri was the venue for some of the rowing events at the 2004 Olympic Games, including canoeing and kayaking.

A little way north is the Sanctuary of the Egyptian Gods archaeological site, and nearby are other historical monuments to explore, in particular the nearby Temple of Isis and the plain where the Battle of Marathon took place. Within a half-hour drive you will also find the Marathon Museum and Marathon Lake with its marble dam, the Monastery (convent) of St Ephraim, and Attica Zoo, as well as the ancient site of Ramnous.

Across the bay from Nea Makri is the large island of Evia which connects to the mainland via a bridge. A local ferry crosses to Evia from the village of Agia Marina, a few kilometres behind Schinias. Ferries also can take you to other nearby islands including Andros, Tinos and the popular island of Mykonos.

Nea Makri is, in any case, only an hour’s ride on one of the frequent buses into Athens itself where no-end of historical attractions await, not to mention the lively nightlife and excellent shopping the capital can offer. 

WHO HOLIDAYS HERE: Nea Makri is a resort which will suit almost anyone. There’s enough life and entertainment to keep young people happy, a relaxing atmosphere around the neat little harbour for romantic evenings, and a pretty sandy beach with gently shelving sea where families can laze away the sunny days. 

Key Facts - Nea Makri

  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Dialing Code00 30
  • Time Difference+2 GMT
  • Distance From Airport4 hours (approx.)

A busy, attractive resort with a well-organised, sandy beach and warm seas offering good swimming and water sports, it has a pretty enclosed harbour full of colourful yachts. There is an abundance of places to relax while eating, drinking and enjoying the view. Just an hour away from the centre of Athens, Nea Makri can offer you an easy mix of lively and laid back, with the wonders of ancient Greece on hand to explore too. 

Things to See:

Athens is a large city with a multitude of things to see and do. Activities are varied and cater for both adults and children. Below are just a few things you may want to discover while on holiday on Athens:-

The Acropolis: An absolute must-see, the Acropolis is a stunning, ancient citadel perched high above the city on a flat-topped, rocky outcrop towering 490 feet above sea level. Though Greece has many acropoli, only this splendid example, constructed by Pericles in the 5th century BC, is referred to by that name alone. It contains the remains of many ancient buildings of great architectural and historic significance, the most famous being the Parthenon.

The Parthenon: This unique temple constructed of white marble is dedicated to the goddess Athena and is one of the most magnificent masterpieces of the ancient world, leaving a lasting impression on all who see it.

New Acropolis Museum: After 30 years of planning, construction and controversy, this ultra modern gallery finally opened its doors to the public in 2009. In the shadow of the Parthenon, it is a state-of-the-art museum and a sight worth seeing in itself. It was designed by internationally acclaimed architect Bernard Tschumi.

National Archaeological Museum: This museum has world renown for having one of the world's finest collections of artefacts from Classical Greece, including sculptures, jewellery, pottery and a 2000-year-old computer found among a shipwreck off the island of Antikythera.

The Temple Of Poseidon at Sounio : The site was once used to worship the God of Sea, Poseidon. The idyllic spot overlooks the sea at the tip of the Attiki Peninsula offering amazing sunset views of Santorini.


Things to do:

Attica Zoological Park: Situated in the suburb of Spata this is a modern zoo and the only one of its kind in Greece. It is home to a wide range of animals including lions, tigers, black pumas, monkeys and reptiles. Shows are put on daily demonstrating the activities of birds of prey and sea lions - a great day out for the whole family.

The National Gardens: Not just a feature of beauty to be admired, in the child-friendly gardens you’ll also discover a small zoo and a playground. Relax and admire your surroundings while the kids let off some steam. 

Mount Likavitos: Take a ride in a cable car to the top of Mount Likavitos and admire the view on the way. Once at the peak, relax with refreshments at the café you’ll find there.

Sports: As you might imagine in the home city of the Olympics, Athens offers a wide range of sporting options. The beaches of Athens coast provide the opportunity for watersports, including waterskiing, windsurfing and jet-skiing. At Vouliagmeni, the Astir Beach Club has great facilities including showers, changing rooms with lockers, sun loungers and a volleyball court.

The Balux House Project: in the Athens suburb, Glyfada, is a great place to while away a day. It has a huge glass-fronted clubhouse furnished with squishy sofas, a library, gaming stations and board games. Children are welcome too, and for them there is a large playground both in and outdoors. There are sun loungers for hire on the beach, and an adults-only swimming pool at the original Balux next door. Enjoy hot chocolate and wood-fired pizzas while you relax. Entry and parking are free.

Open-air Cinema: The main one of these in the area is the Alpha Odeon, which puts on English-language screenings of mainstream films, with a first screening around dusk at 9pm and a second late showing at around 11pm. Don’t expect a reverent hush here though. The noisy locals will be chatting and making phone calls as usual!

Eating/Drinking During Nea Makri Holidays

Greece is hard to beat when it comes to fresh and flavoursome food. But the growth of tourism in this area is giving rise to great value, stylish new grill houses which bring a more up-to-the-minute feel to traditional cuisine. Springing up are modern american-style eateries and cosy bars, where fast food staples such as burgers can be found. Nonetheless, in Athens and the resorts further out from the city, the choice is wide, with fresh seafood restaurants, pastry and ice-cream parlours, traditional tavernas, and pizza and pasta places. There is something to suit every palate.

If you are self-catering on your holiday, or even if you’re not, a trip to the weekly market at Glyfada on a Thursday is a sensory experience not to be missed, with an array of aromas, textures and tastes to be sampled before you buy. You’ll find Greek specialities such as mountain tea, honey, olive oil, and equipment for making your own a dolmades at home.

Athens is a city awake around the clock and gives real meaning to the concept of nightlife. After a late dinner, live music is on offer at the clubs in Syngrou and Poseidonos Avenues. The area of Gazi is known for its many art cafes and trendy bars.

Getting Around on Nea Makri Holidays

Getting Around:

Taxi: You can flag one down on most street corners. Taxi fares in Athens are quite cheap and so for getting around in a group, this can be a very a cost-effective option.

Train: To travel south from Athens, you will need to go to Peloponnese Stat, one of the two main train stations in the city. Fares are discounted for under 26s and foreign students (ID Required).

Athens Metro: When in town, it’s worthwhile taking a ride on the underground system here, if only to see the archaeological finds displayed at the exact spot they were discovered; other stops are decorated with work from well known Greek artists. Athens has 27 metro stations with 2 lines operating weekend services until 2am.

Blue Buses OASA: The blue bus network consists of more than 320 lines connecting the city centre with all the Athens suburbs and Piraeus. The buses run daily from 5am to 12:15am.

Thermal Buses (ETHEL): The ETHEL buses are the core lines connecting Athens and Piraeus city centre with the surrounding areas. There are several express bus routes to and from Athens International Airport. Thermal buses run from 5am to 11pm.

Trolley Buses: The old yellow trams of Athens past have now been replaced with cutting edge purple and yellow trolley buses with digital displays. These run daily from 5am to 12.30am.


Nea Makri Holidays Shopping


Athens holidays are hard to beat for the sheer joy of shopping, with a vast choice of tourist shops in the areas of Plaka and Monastiraki. The busiest shopping street is the pedestrianised Ermou, off Syntagma Square where souvenirs, clothing and accessories can be found, and more upmarket shops are to be found in Kolonaki where you'll be tempted by a wide range of designer boutiques. Having avoided the development of large shopping centres found in most other cities, strolling around the streets of Athens is still a pleasurable day of discovery.

Holidays in Nea Makri - Beaches

The best beaches in Athens are situated on the south-east coast, in Glyfada. Many of the beaches are private so you would have to pay to swim there. However, there are secluded rocky creeks which are less crowded than the main beaches.

Vouliagmeni Beach offers everything needed to enjoy a day out at the coast, with tennis and volleyball courts, water slide and children's play area.

Weather and climate information

Athens has a pleasant and sunny climate. Between March and May the weather is pleasant and mild, rising between June and August, and resulting in a very hot August. September can sometimes be as hot as the summer months but with occasional light rain. Most rain in the city falls between November and February, when Athens can be cold, windy and dull. The winter can offer sunny days though and any rain is often followed by sunshine.

Max Temp C Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Athens 13 14 16 20 25 30 33 33 29 24 19 15
London 6 7 10 13 17 20 22 21 19 14 10 7  

Sunshine Hours Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Athens 4 5 6 8 9 11 12 12 9 7 5 4
London 1 2 4 5 6 7 6 6 5 3 2 1  

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