The Open Discovery Space Summer Academy 2017 will be held at Golden Coast Hotel & Bungalows, an A-class/ 4-star sea-side hotel which stretches on the golden, sandy beach of the Marathon Bay, near the historic location of Marathon, at the outskirts of Athens.
It is the area of Marathon, that has hosted since the times of myths when Theseus killed the terrible bull of Marathon, to the times of the Persian wars and the Battle of Marathon, further on to our days and the marathon race and Marathon Run, the emblematic symbol of man's quest for freedom and the will to defend his most noble deeds which constitute the foundations of the Human civilization. The plethora of natural, historical sites and museums of the area reveal in all details this unique historical voyage.
Participants are expected to arrive through the Athens International Airport, approximately 25 km (15,53 miles) distance from the hotel.
Transport from/to Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos
You can reach the village of Marathon and the school’s venue, Golden Coast Hotel & Bungalows from the Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos.
- by our chartered bus. Specific information will be announced soon.
- by taxi. The trip takes about 35 minutes and the price is approximately 40-50 Euros (depends on extra charges for night shift etc).
- by public suburban bus at the hotel’s main gate direct connection. Public orange buses (KTEL) depart from SOFITEL HOTEL in the AIRPORT
Meals are offered in a seated buffet in a reserved area for the Summer Academy 2016 that you will be shown upon arrival (for lunches and dinners). In case you miss the opening hours, then one of the hotel’s restaurant/tavern can offer a selection of dishes (according to the all-inclusive policy of the hotel).
All inclusive regulations and services
A brochure will be distributed describing analytically all services and regulations of the hotel's all inclusive policy, including free of charge sports, recreational activities, pool bar services and rates for activities or services that are not including in the free of charge services and activities (ex.scuba diving lessons etc that are hosted in the hotel premises).
Special requests – complaints about your stay
For any special requests or complaints we kindly advise you to contact directly the hotel reception. If any issue remains unresolved then do not hesitate to inform the school organizers. We will do our best to assist and upgrade your stay in the hotel.
Sun bathing - Outdoors activities
Sun bathing and tanning may be beneficial for your health nevertheless extensive stay under direct sun light may cause skin burns and sunstroke. It is strongly recommended to wear head cap and protect the uncovered skin of your body with sunscreen lotion. Please note that after 14.00 p.m. until 17.00 p.m you must take extra precautions once being outdoors (dressed lightly but covered drinking water and avoiding heavy lunches and extra alcoholic beverages). A sun burn soothing cream and a mosquito repellent spray can be found in the shops in the hotel premises or the airport and could be very helpful. The hotel's beach (Marathon Bay) is sandy, easy to walk and friendly for children. The waters are sparkling clear and pleasantly refreshing. There are a variety of swimming pools and places to relax in the hotel premises. It is advised to bring a light jacket or cardigan due to sea breeze at night long trousers and sneakers or loafers for safe sightseeing and walking outdoors.
Before outdoors activities according to weather conditions and type of activity you will be re-notified about outfit and other requirements.
Incidents needing medical treatment
In case of any sudden illness or other problems that need immediate medical treatment please contact the hotel reception and the contact person (representing the organizers) in the hotel premises. We have arranged so that you will be treated according to the incident that has occurred efficiently.
Please upon arrival, if not earlier, notify the secretary of the Summer Academy for any special care (intolerances, allergies, vegetarian, diabetic etc.) and any other information you think can help us take all precautions so as to reassure the best stay during your time in Greece (all personal information will be treated very discretely).