Marathi (Akrotiri)

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Marathi is sited on the southeast side of the Akrotiri peninsular, 17 km from the city of Chania. This is actually two beaches, both with sand and shallow blue water – both are fashionable with many Greeks and foreigners that congregate in the summer.

Well enough organized, you will find amenities like sunbeds, umbrellas and showers. Water-sports enthusiasts will have lots of options for entertainment. A lifeguard watches over the safety of the bathers.

Marathi has a small harbour, with plenty of tavernas (with fresh fish), and if you decide to stay overnight, there are plenty of choices here too – from hotels to rentable apartments if you want a longer and comfortable holiday.

In front of the beach, about a mile out to sea, is a small islet – which you can get to be swimming or by pedalo.

Also when here, you can visit an archaeological site, known as the Little Palace of Minos: a totally misleading name, as it is a Roman port that happened then to be called Minoa. Nothing Minoan has been revealed there to date!

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Additional Info

  • location Marathi, Chania, Chania
  • free camping No
  • nudism No
  • beach type Sandy
  • accommodation Yes - some choices
  • dinning Yes - enough choices
  • other facilities

    There are sun beds, umbrellas and shower. In addition, a lifeguard ensure the safety of bathers.

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Access Info

relevant routes & paths:

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Distances: 17 km from Chania.

By car/motorcycle: From Chania, drive northeast and towards the airport, following the route Chania - Aroni - Sternes - Marathi.
By sea: Boats from Souda Bay travel to Marathi.

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