Go on a mountain bike tour from Athens at the magnificent Lake Marathon

The mountain bike tour from Athens takes you from Lake Marathon to the coastal town of Nea Makri in eastern Attica. Your guide knows the best routes for the ultimate outdoor fun. Find out what combines the same-named village of Marathon with the famous running sport during the moderate bicycle tour through a scenic region.

  • Tour / activity duration: half day
  • Languages: English
  • Transfer: Meeting point or hotel pick up in Athens
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  • English-speaking service
  • Hassle-free booking change or cancellation
  • Usually cheaper than at site

Mountain biking in Athens hinterland from the Marathon Dam to the coast

The moderate mountain bike tour takes you from Athens to the nearby Lake Marathon and you ride through the densely wooded region to the coastal town of Nea Makri.

Price overview

  • Mountain bike tour from Athens "Lake Marathon" - per person (13+ yrs.)110.-€
Over hill and dale at Lake Marathon

Booking option: Bicycle tour with mountain bikes Athen–Marathon–Nea Markri

The mountain bike tour starting in Athens first transfers you to the suburb of Agios Stefanos. After a short safety briefing you ride your bikes on gravel roads to Marathon Lake and you cross the dam with a magnificent view. You cycle through the forests, and if you like also throug a creek to the historic village of Marathon. Finally you reach the coastal town of Nea Makri, where you stop for a coffee before being brought back to Athens.


  • Duration: half day
  • Time: usually the tour starts in the morning
  • Months: possible all-year
  • Languages: English
  • Difficulty level: medium
  • Pick-up included in the price from: Athens
  • Starting points: Athens


  • Professional guide, introduction
  • Transfer from Athens to the starting point of the bicycle tour, mountain bike with accessories, support vehicle, bottle of water, energy bar, coffee by the sea
Important information
  • Small groups with a maximum of 7 participants
  • The bike tour takes place in English, other languages on request.


  • Minimum age 13 years

Please bring along:

Sunglasses, sun blocker, sports- / hiking shoes, suitable clothing, backpack, camera

Detailed description

Outdoor activity with start in Athens: mountain bike tour at the Marathon Reservoir

Step on the pedals and get to know Athens hinterland on this mountain bike tour. Discover Lake Marathon with its imposing dam, the village of the same name and the fishing village of Nea Marki on the east coast of Attica. The region, to which Athens also belongs, has a lot to offer for tourists. The local guide who will accompany you on the bike tour knows exactly what you need. It leads you on optimal mountain bike trails through the densely wooded idyll and shows you places that not every holidaymaker gets to see. The moderate tour is easy to master for everyone who is fit and regularly rides a bike. Depending on what you dare to do, you can cross a river on the way or you can stay dry, just as you like. The most important thing is that outdoor activities don't miss out fun. The bike tours are carried out in small groups, so that the needs of the participants can be met. Don't hesitate and go exploring by bike in Athens!

The mountain bike tour starts in Athens suburb Agios Stefanos. There you get on your bikes and ride on a gravel road through the beautiful landscape. A challenging ascent follows and you finally reach the main road leading to the Marathon Dam. Stop here to capture the panorama for your holiday photo album. The dam dams the rivers Charadros and Varnavas and is an important water reservoir for Athens. Its construction is unique because it is covered with Pentel marble. Cross the dam and reach the small stream at the bottom. As an experienced mountain biker you can drive right through it.

A unpaved road will take you to Marathon during the MTB tour. The decisive battle between Persians and Athenians took place near the municipality to the north-east of Athens in 490 BC. Legend has it that the marathon was born here. It is said that an envoy ran 40 km to Athens to bring the news of victory. On the way you will pass the original starting point of the Athens Marathon and the National Rowing Centre. The route leads you through a protected pine forest directly to the Aegean Sea. On the way you will visit the grave of the soldiers who died in the famous marathon battle and finally reach the coastal road. After arriving in the charming fishing village of Nea Makri, a coffee break is taken before you start your return journey. Discovering the surroundings of Athens by bike is a real insider tip for all outdoor fans. Cycling in Greece can be so beautiful!


Valid on the reserved day or for 12 months after date of purchase if no date has been selected. You will receive the tour operator's details with the purchased ticket. Attention: reservation is required! The reservation can be made through sunbonoo as part of the booking process or later by contacting the tour operator directly via phone or email.

Customer Reviews Mountain biking in Athens hinterland from the Marathon Dam to the coast

Toto, HH wrote on Sep 18, 2020
Overall rating
100 von 100

Real off-road experience

In nature with nature. Enjoy mindfully and prudently and still be sporty on the road - that can hardly be done with any other device as well as with the M-Bike. There are conditions here that can hardly be found in metropolitan areas in Germany.

Echtes Off-Road-Erlebnis

In der Natur mit der Natur. Achtsam und umsichtig genießen und trotzdem sportlich unterwegs zu sein – das lässt sich wohl mit keinem anderen Gerät so gut machen wie mit dem M-Bike. Hier gibt es Bedingungen, die man in Deutschland in Ballungszentren kaum mehr finden kann.
Adriano, gebürtig in Muggensturm wrote on Sep 6, 2020
Overall rating
100 von 100

Historical ground

Can I fully agree with Traudel (we are mountain bike friends) and your comment. Marathon is sports history. Ideal to get there by bike.

Historischer Boden

Kann mich der Traudel (wir sind Mountainbike-Freunde) und ihrem Kommentar voll und ganz anschließen. Marathon ist Sportgeschichte. Ideal dort mit Bike hinzugelangen.
Viktoria & Anhang wrote on Sep 3, 2020
Overall rating
80 von 100

From Athens to Marathon

We both wanted an active vacation. Lots of fun, lots of exercise, lots of rest. This tour gave us just that. Thank you!

Von Athen nach Marathon

Wir wollten beide einen Aktivurlaub. Viel Spaß, viel Bewegung, viel Ruhe. Diese Tour hat uns genau das gegeben. Danke!
Shirley Y. In Bielefeld wrote on Aug 24, 2020
Overall rating
100 von 100

Landscape and mood: very good

The bikes were in good condition. To master the route well. The highlight for me was the lake and the fishing village of NeaMarki.

Landschaft und Stimmung: Sehr gut

Die Bikes waren in gutem Zustande. Die Strecke gut zu meistern. Höhepunkt war für mich der See und das Fischerdorf NeaMarki.
Traudel/Muhr am See wrote on Aug 12, 2020
Overall rating
100 von 100

Mountain bike marathon

I am a real hardcore biker and have wanted to go to this magical place for athletes for a long time. And in a sporty way. Great and 5 stars


Bin echte Hardcore-Bikerin und wollte schon lange einmal an diesen magischen Ort für Sportler. Und das auf sportliche Art und Weise. Grandios und 5 Sterne

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