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Reviewed April 22, 2019

Went there to run the great Authentic Greek Classic Marathon. Great views, great scenery and above all, the feelings, running a route over 2 000 year old!

Date of experience: November 2018
36  Thank redman5314
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Reviewed December 27, 2018

Marathon Lake is absolutely beautiful, and a "classic" dam make s it more attractive. It is not necessarily a tourist attraction, but a very nice place to stop and relax before heading out to your next destination.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank niksk001
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Reviewed November 21, 2018 via mobile

The marathon dam is unique place to visit with family and friends. There is one coffe shop in the area that you can chill and spend the day looking the lake or walking around it!!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 432apostolisp
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Reviewed November 1, 2018 via mobile

Pretty and relaxing view. Only downside is that the lake is not accessible to view and experience up close. Very restricted access. However, large cafe' with landscape beind it.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank rebeccasM4369HK
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Reviewed August 25, 2018

Decided to take a visitor to this artificial lake (reservoir) which served as the main water supply to Athens until the end of the 50's. The dam was built mid to end of the 20's, by an American company, to meet the increased demand for water following the large numbers of refugees who arrived from Asia Minor in the decade or so before. It is a gravity dam constructed of Pendelikon Marble, the same as the Parthenon (though of course not polished up & shiny!). The standoffs one would see between cars from opposite directions on the single lane road over the dam have now stopped with the intstallation of traffics lights. Unfortunately access to the pumping area at the bottom of the valley, adorned with a copy of the Athenian Treasury to be found in Delphi, is now not allowed for fear of terrorist activity. However, there is the Fragma (Dam) Cafe where one can sit & drink a coffee or enjoy a bite to eat & the beautiful view. Comments have been made about the prices but yesterday an iced expresso coffee cost 3.80 euro, which is quite acceptable. After, continue to the start of the Marathon Race, the Marathon Musuem, tombs to those fallen in the Battle of Marathon against the Persians, a small, new Olympic musuem, & then the long Schinias, sandy beach which offers organised areas with loungers & umbrellas if you want. The drawback is that you will need to have a car as this is some perhaps 35-45 km from central Athens with, as far as I know, no suitable public transport. However, if you do all or some of the sites I've mentioned afterwards it makes a really good day out, even for children.

Date of experience: August 2018
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