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Marathi beach

Location

The beach of Marathi is about 16km east of Chania, near the military base of Souda, in Akrotiri.

Characteristics

Access By: Car Blue Flag: Yes
Beach Type: Sand Depth: Shallow
Temperature: Normal/warm Organised: Yes
Natural Shade: Little Crowded: Yes
Family-friendly: Yes Handicapped accessible: Yes

Facilities

Umbrellas and sunbeds, showers, lifeguard, water sports, parking, cafes, snack, restaurants,  accommodation.

Notes

Marathi is divided into two small coves which are well protected from the northern winds.
They are sandy with clear, shallow waters, ideal for small children.
Opposite the coast, at a distance of about 1km, there is the small island of Marathi or Palia Souda (Paleosouda) which features a small pine wood.
The islet can be reached by swimming, pedalling or boat.

A few metres to the right of the main beach there is a quieter pebbly cove called Sosorides with a canteen serving refreshments and snacks.
Due to large slippery slabs, entering the sea is only possible from a pier.

In the area of Marathi there are remains of the ancient city of Minoa.
Minoa was the port of ancient Aptera, visible from Marathi on the other side of Souda bay.
Excavations have uncovered part of its harbour and some buildings dating from the second century A.D.

How to get to Marathi

Marathi is accessible only with private cars and motorbikes.

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