The beaches in the municipal department of Vies (or Vatika), to the west and east of Cape Maleas are varied indeed.

The northernmost, facing west, is the relatively unknown but lovely Marathia. In the bay of Vatika, the turquoise waters of Pouda, Magano and Neratziona in fact form one long continuous sandy beach stretching for five kilometres.

Even though in the centre of town, the beach at Neapoli is clean and well-maintained to a degree that earns it a Blue Flag every year.

Behind the little port of Palaiokastro is the small protected cove of Ammitsa further south is Aspes and Rismari. Set in the striking landscape around Aghia Marina are the beaches of the Petrified Forest.

On the western side facing the Myrtoon Sea is Panayia, perfect for cooling off after a visit to the Cave of Kastania, and futher south are the beaches around Velanidia.

Finally, no one should miss the opportunity of spending a day at the world-famous sandy beach of Simos, on the island of Elafonisos.


Pounta – Viglafia
Magano – Aghios Georgios
Neratzionas – Kambos
Neapoli beach
Ammitsa – Lahi
Aspes – Aghios Nikolaos
Rismari – Aghios Nikolaos
beaches of Aghia Marina
beaches of Velanidia
Panagia – Kastania


The clear waters and golden sands of of Marathia beach are relatively hidden treasures, as the beach (whose northern end is known as Panaritis) is not well known.

The wide strand is ideal for beach sports and games, and there are several cafe-bars and restaurants in the settlement alongside.

good choice for…

Perfect for anyone wanting to enjoy the sea and sand away from large crowds.


Provides shelter from northerly or north-easterly winds.

The turnoff to Marathias is in the village of Elika, on the main road from Molai to Neapoli.
The beach lies two kilometres after the turnoff; parking space is available at the beach.


A sandy beach with very shallow water. Natural shade is provided by the trees surrounding the strand. It is very close to the little port of Palaiokastro and the chapel of Aghia Paraskevi, reached by a pleasant short walk over the headland.

A small canteen operates during summer months.

good choice for…

Good for family outings, with space for games and shade for picnics.


Provides protection from northerly or westerly winds.

Palaiokastro, below Lahi

Follow the unsurfaced coast road south from the end of the waterfront in Neapoli for 2 km. There is also a surfaced road from Lahi – turn right at the cemetery down towards the sea for 3 km.

There is parking space above the beach.