The Beauty of Schinias
No matter the language or how you spell it, Schinias is a beautiful beach bordering both suburban Athens and the Marathon Plains; the site of the Battle of Marathon and the birthplace of the "Marathon Run" and the Olympic rowing center.
The Schinias beach is ranked among the top ten tourist attractions by Yahoo!
Schinias is an environmental park with three distinctive types of terrain. The inland Schinias plain is mostly wetlands and a stop over for migratory fowl during the winter. There are several observation towers and lovely walk paths perfect for the eager bird watcher. Spring and fall are great times for enjoying the wetlands.
The western part of Schinias is a large crescent beach of fine sand, a National Park beach with an umbrella pine forest providing shade down to the water's edge. Several water related resorts and taverns are located within the forest providing tasty foods, refreshing drinks, and a variety of water sports. This environment is perfect for families and people in general who want to relax and socialize. There is something for everybody!
Small children love Schinias Beach, one of the most popular in the Athens area. Unlike many beaches in Greece, it is a fine sand beach. The water is clean, clear, and protected from large waves and sea currents. You can walk a long way before the water comes up to your waist, about a couple hundred meters for an adult. The kids love it! It is perfect for toddlers. They learn how to swim without being afraid of the water, by playing and wading in and out.
This beach is just right down the hill from our villa. You can get there within 3 minutes drive.
The eastern part of Schinias (and our community) is mountainous and separated from the western part by a distinctive narrow peninsula dashing out to sea. The mountainside is the location of the planned community of "Themis" and is dotted with summer vacation villas. Only one road services the "gated" community of Themis. The community covers a 4 kilometer stretch of mountainside coastline varying from 1 to 3 kilometers in width. Homes are in clusters, separated by large open green areas, and cover about 25% of the area preserving the rural setting of our neighborhood.
A small convenience store is the only commercial enterprise in the community. However, it provides all the necessities from fresh bread every day, to fresh vegetables from the area farms, eggs, milk and beer and of course ouzo, among many other amenities.
We have barely any traffic on our streets and walks on them are a pleasure. This part of Schinias has rocky seashores with deep water, lovely coves and lots of privacy. The peninsula and mountainside seashore are protected from development but access for spectacular swimming, snorkeling, and diving is allowed.
A pedestrian only road provides one the pleasure of a long stroll along the sea shore enjoying the pleasure and serenity of the sea with solitude and peace.