Marathi is situated 17km east of Chania and 5km east of Souda Bay’s Creta Naval Base, in Akrotiri’s south-eastern shore. It is a much-frequented tourist site of the Chania area, mainly visited by families and senior people in summer. The two stunning sandy beaches with shallow, still waters are specifically suited for children, as they are well-protected from the winds and offer a pleasant view of Drapanos Cape and the White Mountains. A small pier divides the two beaches, which also serves as a harbour for fishing vessels and smaller ferries. It is equipped with all necessary facilities close by.
500m off Marathi is the tiny island Marathi or Paleosouda, which can be accessed by swimming. The island has a small pine forest and its western coast is steep and much-loved by scuba divers. Furthermore, if you take the road to the north, you will stumble upon the ruins of the Roman city Minoa; likely an Aptera seaport. The archaeological site, known as the Small Palace of Minos (even though it is not Minoan), has the remains of buildings and baths assumed to be part of an old harbour, military buildings and a mansion. At the beach, there is also a semicircular wall.
If you continue northwest, you will arrive at the church of St. Spyridon, a picturesque view for wedding and christening ceremonies. Moving southwest from the harbour, you will reach Sosorides beach, with its large pebbles. It is a favourite spot for locals who seek a tranquil area without commotion. It can be accessed through a paved road, which starts a few meters before Marathi when heading from Chania.