Marathi beach

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Marathi is located 17km east of Chania and 5km east of the military base of Souda Bay, on the southeastern coast of Akrotiri. It is a popular resort of Chania, which attracts many visitors every summer.

Marathi hosts two beautiful beaches with fine sand and shallow calm waters, ideal for children. They are very well protected from the winds, as they look to the south and have nice view to Drapanos Cape and the White Mountains. The beaches are separated by a small pier, which serves as a harbor. It is well organized with all necessary amenities close by.

500m opposite Marathi, there is the small island Marathi or Palia Souda (Paleosouda), which can be reached by swimming. On the island there is a small pine wood, while its western coast is steep and is popular to scuba divers.

Moreover, if you follow the road leading to the north, you will meet (on the beach road) the ruins of the Roman town called Minoa, which probably was a seaport city of Aptera. The archaeological site, also known as the Small palace of Minos despite not being dated in Minoan Times, hosts traces of buildings and baths probably related to an old harbor, military facilities and a mansion. Indeed, on the beach there is still a semicircular wall that is still washed by the sea.

Continuing northwest, and after crossing the part of the beach where ducks usually rest, we follow the road to the church of St. Spyridon, a beautiful place for a wedding or christening ceremonies.

On the other hand, if from the port we continue southwest, we will find ourselves at the end of the beach of the harbor, which has large pebbles. The beach at this point is called Sosorides and is very popular to locals seeking calmly places without fuss. Sosorides can be reached through a paved road, starting a few meters before reaching Marathi from Chania.

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Symbol Explanation

Water Color

 Turquoise Water Color

 Deep Blue Water Color

 Normal Blue Water Color

 Green-Blue Water Color


Beach Style

 White Sand

 Normal Sand

 Coarse Sand



Wave Style

 Flat Surface

 Small Waves

 Normal Waves

 Large Waves


Water Depth

 Shallow Beach

 Normal Depth

 Deep Water


Crowd Information

 Secluded / Quiet Beach

 Normal Crowds

 Crowded Beach


Water Temperature

 Very Cool





 Accommodation nearby

 Food / Water nearby

 Umbrellas / Sunbeds

 Water Sports



 Blue Flag


 Nudism Friendly Beach

 Palm Trees

 Camping Friendly Beach

 Suggested for Snorkelling

 Natural shade (cave, trees, etc.)

 Sea Turtle nesting



 Public Transport

 Car Access

 Dirt Track

 Access by boat

 Trekking required

 Handicap friendly