- 1 bedrooms
- Sleeps 3
Description from the owner
Explore classical Greece from a friendly seaside base! Apart from Athens itself which is easily accessible by bus and metro, many famous archaeological sites can be reached by car within a day, including Delphi, ancient Corinth, Mycenae, Epidavros, Elefsina (Eleusis), Sounio and Vravrona (Brauron). If you don't want to drive yourselves, we can drive you!
Share our new and ecologically friendly villa and garden, very close to the beach in the green and pleasant town of Nea Makri. Silvia is originally from the Ukraine and Chris from England. We designed and built Villa Verde in 2008-09, with some help from local architects and builders. The house ...Read more
Villa Verde - holiday green by the sea near Athens
Athens, Mainland & the Saronic Islands, Greece
Additional Location Information
Nea Makri is a green and pleasant seaside town around one hour by bus from Athens city centre and half an hour from Athens International Airport. We call it Athens with a breath of fresh air. It’s a great place for a short break or for a quiet and relaxing seaside holiday, situated on the eastern Attica coast between the port of Rafina and the small town of Marathon, famous for its ancient battle and the associated long distance road race.
The central harbour is around ten minutes walk from Villa Verde and the main town square in the busy commercial district is five minutes further. Many cafes, bars, restaurants, shops and banks are within easy walking distance. There are small beaches as little as 150 metres from our home and there are more extensive and sandier beaches in the area of the harbour. A few hundred metres north of the town is a European Union classified “Blue Flag” beach with proven cleanliness and with lifeguard and other facilities. Fifteen minutes away by car is the spectacular long sandy beach backed by pine forest at Schinias. Buses to Schinias beach run in July and August only. In winter months the wetlands of Schinias National Park, behind the pine forest, have a very impressive range of bird life.
Local attractions, all within around 20 minutes drive from Villa Verde, include the impressive ancient site of Rhamnous, the archaeological and road race museums of Marathon, the Tumulus of the Athenians from the 490BC Battle of Marathon, the Sanctuary of the Egyptian Gods archaeological site, Marathon Lake with its marble dam, the fascinating Monastery (convent) of St Ephraim, and Attica Zoo. Across the bay from Nea Makri is the very large island of Evia, joined to the mainland by a bridge around 80 km (50 miles) to the north. There is a local ferry crossing to Evia from the village of Agia Marina, a few kilometres behind Schinias. The crossing takes around 45 minutes and Agia Marina port is served by bus from Nea Makri, so this is an easy day trip.
Between June and September the section of coast between Marathon Beach and Schinias Beach has a number of beach clubs with water sports including windsurfing, sailing, water skiing and canoeing. Scuba diving is available all year round.
The port of Rafina is around 10 km (6 miles) away and has frequent sailings to the Aegean islands of Andros, Tinos and Mykonos. Through the summer there are a few sailings to other islands. The island of Andros is a two hour ferry trip from Rafina and again is an interesting day trip. We can normally get our guests to and from Rafina by car.
The island of Aegina can also be visited in a day. It is 40 minutes by hydrofoil or just over an hour by ferry from the main port of Piraeus, itself easily reached by bus and metro from Nea Makri. As well as enjoying the port town, you can use buses or taxis to see the Temple of Aphaia, have a swim at the village of Agia Marina, or enjoy a fresh fish lunch in the village of Perdika.
Nea Makri, then, is a place for a relaxing seaside holiday, with good access to the centre of Athens, to Rafina port, to Athens International Airport, and to many other places of interest.
More About This Location
Beach or lakeside relaxation, Rural retreats, Warm winter getaways, Waterfront
Nearest train station: Pallini Metro, 11.99 miles
Nearest ferry port: Rafina, 6.03 miles
Nearest airport: Athens International, 14.98 miles
Car is not necessary
Last updated on February 09, 2015
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- Short breaks allowed (1-4 days)
- Towels Provided
- A/C or climate control
- Clothes Dryer
- Housekeeping Optional
- Central heating
- Hair dryer
- Local Guides/Maps
- Linens Provided
- Corporate bookings allowed
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
- Wireless Internet
- Mountain Views
- Stove or Oven
- Satellite or cable TV
- Stereo or CD player
- DVD Player
- Outdoor Dining Area
- 3 Dining chairs
- Pet friendly - no
- Smoking allowed - ask
- Suitable for children - over five
- Suitable for the elderly - yes
- Wheelchair accessible - yes