Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Good, Specialist
Marathias beach located in Pagasitikos bay, along the western coast of the peninsula, opposite the island Prasouda and 59 km from Volos, just after the village of Milina. The beach consists of small pebbles while olive groves reach the coast.
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Access to Marathias:
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: Visitors can travel to Pelion by bus or car. Volos is 3,5 hours (327 km) away from Athens and about 2,5 hours (208 km) from Thessaloniki. In order to reach Marathias you need to pass the city of Volos and on the way to Argalasti via Agria and Lechonia. To the way from Milina to Trikeri and opposite the desert island of Prasoudas is found the beach of Marathias.
Arrival by Airplane: The closest airport to Pelion is the airport of Nea Anchialos, about 45 km southwest from Volos. This airport works only in summer and receives charters and low cost flights from abroad. Every time a plane arrives, there are buses to transfer visitors to Volos. From Volos, visitors can take the bus to the villages of Pelion. There are daily national buses (KTEL) and their routes to the largest villages are frequent and daily, while the routes to the smaller villages are sparser. Renting a car is also available at the city of Volos or directly at the airport of Volos.
Arrival by Boat: If you are already visiting Skiathos you can easily reach Pelio via a fast ferry to Volos. Alternatively, you can take a small boat from Platanias to Skiathos and back.
Access to Greece:
Arrival by Airplane: The new airport of Athens “Eleftherios Venizelos”, one of the best airports in Europe, (IATA: ATH, ICAO: LGAV) is located in Spata Town and serves flights to Greece daily from several international airlines from all over the world. You can take a charter flight, so you can carry your windsurf equipment with you as well.
The metro and the Proastiakos-Suburban railway, as well as taxis and buses to and from Athens are to be found opposite the main exit of the airport. The distance is 44 km. The bus journey takes between 35 and 45 minutes to the city centre at Syntagma (Parliament) Square (of course depending on the time and traffic), therefore the best way is to take the “Athens metro” that connects the airport with Athens and Piraeus. There are car hire agencies at the airport, in case you want to rent a vehicle.
Thessaloniki is the second main aerial entrance to Greece. The International Airport “Macedonia” of Thessaloniki (IATA code: SKG) connects the region with approximately 31 countries and 81 destinations with direct flights, as well as 35 cities and islands in Greece (direct flights and transit). There you can take a coach or a taxi to reach the destination of your choice.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: If you are coming from the European continent and you prefer to take the ferry from an Italian Port, you need to head towards Italy and the Italian ports of Ancona, Venice Bari or Brindisi. Those ports have daily connections to Corfu, Igoumenitsa and Patras. If you are coming from Aegean Sea (from a Greek Island, Turkey or Cyprus) you will reach one of the Attica’s Ports in Piraeus, Rafina or Lavrio.
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van, Bus: From Italy: Igoumenitsa --> Egnatia Odos Motorway towards Thessaloniki, From Turkey: Kipi --> Egnatia Odos Motorway towards Thessaloniki, From Albania: Kakavia --> Greek National Road towards Ioannina & Egnatia Odos towards Thessaloniki, From F.Y.R.O.M.: Evzoni --> Greek National Road towards Thessaloniki until reaching the Egnatia Odos Motorway, From Bulgaria: Promachonas --> Greek National Road towards Thessaloniki until reaching the Egnatia Odos Motorway. Connection from Egnatia Odos Motorway to the Chalkidiki Road Network: Exit K1 Thessaloniki, Exit K4 Thessaloniki, Exit Redina & Exit Vrasna-Asprovalta
Arrival by Train: Train travel is not so much in fashion anymore due to the complexity of the journey through the Balkans. Rail services link Thessaloniki with, Athens, Thrace and Patra. The line through what was once Yugoslavia provides connections with Central and Western Europe. The line through Bulgaria connects to Eastern Europe and the line through Istanbul, Turkey with the countries of the Near East.
If you choose to come to Attica by train, when you’ll arrive to “Stathmos Larissis” station, you’ll get the metro Line 2 with direction to “Agios Dimitrios” and after four stops you’ll arrive to Syntagma.