Being totally averse to busy tourist resorts, we avoided Tolon and Drepano on our journey to Kilada.To get to this fishing town you have to travel east and then south and finally west. It's quite a distance so after an hour or so we were ready to stop for a drink. We opted for Vivari which was a pleasant, almost lagoon-like anchorage on a long sea inlet, with lots of boats evident. These were a mixture of traditional fishing and pleasure boats. It was obvious this was a place where the wealthy retreated going by the swishness of some of the boats.
The road sweeps round the bay and away from the road, to the west side is where most of the village is. This consists of a few waterside restaurants, mainly fish tavernas, and a couple of mini markets.There were a few stretches of narrow, very public beach with extremely fancy showers, but further south there is a series of beaches, mostly with camp sites on. Vivari could have made a nice base to explore from as I'm pretty sure there were rooms for rent.
It was all very sleepy at 11am. and there weren't actually many establishments open.
We had a cold Amstel served in an iced glass at Dimitri's, which of course we paid a little over the odds for. This village certainly looked as though it was a lunch stop for coach parties, possibly enroute from Epidavros or Nafplion. The tables were being set in preparation for the invasion. Lucky we were early!!!!Related to:
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One of THE most visited ancient sites in Greece. Far too popular for it's own good.
It's setting is beautiful, amongst pine and oleander trees.Yes, it's fairly spectacular but I'm afraid the immodest budding thespians who felt everyone wanted to hear them perform spoilt it for us. I know it's the norm and people do it because the accoustics are so stunning but I just couldn't relate to ancient times.
We arrived before 10am and it was already full of school children and coach parties. We followed the sign posts and paid our 6 euros each (Philip was free.) A short walk and up some steps and the theatre sits in front of you. I climbed up one of the slippery smooth set of steps to the top tier and sat and drank in the noisy, even hysterical atmosphere. Well, at least I can say I've been there, done that. Actually, it put us off visiting anymore well known sites.
There is a museum with bits of marble and various statues amongst other findings. There is also an archeological excavation, still being worked on.
The site began as a sanctuary for Asclepius, the God of medicine, before the 14,000 seat theatre was built in 3rd C.BC. The theatre is now used for summer performances of ancient Greek plays. Whooppee......
A positive point: there are a number of blocks of public toilets scattered about the site.Related to:
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