Marathon is very close to Athens and is known for the historic battle that was fought there. The most important monument is considered to be the Tomb of Marathon or the Soros, where 192 Athenian warriors who fell during the battle with the Persians were buried. Some of the most beautiful scenery in the area is to be found at the artificial Marathon Lake which was created in 1930. The Oinois Gorge, an area of exceptional natural beauty, begins at the base of the dam. As well as Marathon beach, another beach in the area which is good for swimming and eating is Schinias, with its impressive pine forest which reaches down to the sea. There are a many beach bars on Schinias which also offer the chance to try water sports.