Unique Places in Prefecture of Argolida

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    Kilada

    by nickandchris Updated Jun 22, 2006

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    A suprisingly large fishing village with not many concessions to tourism.
    We had already decided to aim for Kilada for lunch, after visiting the Frachti cave across the bay. It's a traditional working harbour town where most of the industry is fishing. I don't remember spotting any accommodation available but I'm sure there must have been.
    There is a modern esplanade running along the waterfront and on the other side of this are a few tavernas (mostly fish restaurants) although there didn't appear to be many open at lunchtime.
    There are lovely views across the bay and Frachti cave is fairly obvious from here, a gaping hole in the hill. It is floodlit at night so must look pretty impressive. There are supposedly boats which take you from Kilada to the cave but we saw no sign of any in May. Probably a peak season thing.
    We really liked Kilada, very Greek, no tourists, no English was spoken and it was exceptionally clean. It would be a lovely place to stay for a few nights.
    Kilada is on the western side of Argolida but you have to travel inland over the mountains then head south from Neochori and back to the west near Kilada. It is a bit off the beaten track as there is no fast route to it.

    Kilada harbour Kilada harbour Kilada harbour Fishing industry, Kilada Kilada from across the bay
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    Didima (2)

    by nickandchris Written Jun 20, 2006

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    The second of the "caves" at Didima is nothing other than a huge hole which you walk to and peer over the lip. Enormous, but somehow not as spectacular as the first hole. This crater was composed from rock, a very different sub structure from the other.
    It's a popular place for a bit of rock climbing ( but not on our visit) and as I've said in another tip, hang gliders were buzzing round.
    This crater is a rough 5 /10 minute walk from the parking area. Make sure you have water with you as there didn't seem to be any there. And it's a hot walk in the blazing sun!!!

    Didima crater Didima crater Crater seen from the main road Didima crater from afar
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    Didima Hole (Ag. Georgios.)

    by nickandchris Updated Jun 20, 2006

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    After the disappointment of Frachti cave, we were very impressed with these huge holes, formed by meteors in the 19th century, near Didima.
    You can actually see, from the main road, one of the two massive craters from a long way away . Follow the brown signs and you arrive in a small parking area.
    There is a sign pointing down some steps to Ag. Geogios. These take you through an amazing tunnel out onto a ledge in the huge crater, which you can walk around to visit two tiny churches. These were apparently built to encourage God to keep the stars in the sky. A nice thought but i reckon it could a spooky spot at night!!!
    The walls of the crater seemed to be composed from layers of clay and we wondered how stable the whole thing was.
    Amazingly, we shared this place only with the French occapants from a motorhome. We were impressed. This was more our cup of tea!

    Entrance to Ag. Georgios cave Ag. Georgios, Didima Ag. Georgios, Didima Ag. Georgios chapel, Didima Ag. georgios, Didima
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    Frachti Cave

    by nickandchris Updated Jun 19, 2006

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    Yes, well, this wasn't as simple as it should have been. Having read about this place and how to get to it we were not happy when the 300 metre walk turned into a half hour trek in the blazing sun!!
    Follow the brown signs to the cave to a beach. Park here, no shade, and walk along the beach. At the end of the beach you then follow painted arrows on the rocks, around a never ending headland. Be prepared to get scratched from the overgrown undergrowth. Just as you are despairing of ever reaching the cave, you see it in the distance. Still another few hundred yards to go.....
    Once you have reached the cave, you are desperate for the coolness inside and to just recover from the intense heat.
    The cave was actually disappointing, there being no secret tunnels or in fact any other chambers other than the large hole you are in.
    Bats supposedly hang out here but we saw no sign of any.
    The cave is an important site in early history, believed to have been occupied from Upper Paleolithic to Late Neolithic times (25,000 to 3000BC.) The oldest skeleton ever to be found in Greece (8000BC.) was unearthed here.
    The cave is floodlit at night and makes for an impressive sight from the town of Kilada, across the water . There are supposed to be excursions from Kilada, across the bay to the cave, but we never saw any sign of these in May. It would certainly have made the getting there a lot less painful!!!

    Frachti Cave Frachti Cave Frachti Cave Frachti Cave The long trek to the cave
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