We will heading up, north of Athens passing some of Athens’s most beautiful suburbs like Kifisia, N. Erythraia, Ekali, Drosia. We will make a short stop at the dam of Marathon’s Lake, the main water source for the city of Athens. Approaching the plain of Marathon where the historical battle between the Athenians and the Persians took place in 490 B.C. We will visit the start point of the Olympic Marathon race, an event which started with the first modern Olympics in Athens in 1896. Visiting “Tymvos”, the tomb which was raised in the burial ground in honour of the Athenian soldiers who fell in the battle against the Persians.
Our tour will be completed in the plain of Marathon with a visit to the Museum of Marathon. Driving through several towns – villages and summer resorts a stop will follow at the temple of Artemis in Vraona, sometimes called “The Parthenon of the Bear Maidens”. A different point of view of the Greek history on the opposite most crowded side of the city, but with a delightful Museum filled with images of the children who once studied at the temple of Artemis called “little bears” or Arktoi. The out-of-the-way location has protected the natural environment of this temple.
Time for lunch and there is no better place to have one than in a seaside resort town called Porto Rafti at the East side of Attica. The town of Porto Rafti stretches amphitheatrically around the Rafti Bay, a bay of the Aegean Sea, on the east coast of the Attica peninsula. The region of Mesogaia is well known for its fine vineyards, figs, and pistachios. Currently, there are several modern wine-making facilities in the region.
Last but not least, you should know that we call it KERASMA, you may know it as a Free of Charge Service, but at the end of the day you will taste wonderful homemade dessert and a coffee of your choice at a unique café on our way back.
Time to bring you safely back at your Hotel after a wonderful day.