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!!!!
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.
While driving from town to town, I found a number of signs saying "Mycenaean Bridge". Apparently, these ruins were built during the Mycenaean period and you will come across several bridges, walls, etc in Argolida. They were constructed out of huge stones thousands of years ago. Amazing that it lasted this long! This one was spotted between Nafplio and Lygourio.
No admission fees
Another Mycenaean archaeological site is Tiryns or Tirintha and this hill fort is located north of Nafplio. It was constructed with Cyclopean masonry thousands of years ago and reached its height between 1400 and 1200 BC until the end of the Mycenaean period.
The reason behind the name Cyclopean masonry was because they believe that only giant Cyclopes could build with these massive stone boulders that can be more than 10ft high each.
Epidaurus Theater is one of the well preserved and functional amphitheaters in Greece, if not the most famous. The theater was designed by Polykleitos the Younger in the 4th century BC and later extended by the Romans. In July (when I was there), the amphitheater was the venue of the Epidaurus music festival.
Epidaurus is built on the slope of a mountain and seats 15,000 people. Speakers or amplifiers are not required as the theater was designed & built with perfect acoustics, and therefore the audience, be it close to the center or right at the top, are all able to hear the performance clearly
Entrance fee is 6€ for adults
Nafplio was once the capital of modern Greece and is probably the prettiest town I've been to in the country. Set by the coast of the Argolic Gulf (Argolikos Bay), it is very picturesque and has many historical landmarks like the Palamidi Fortress & Bourtzi Castle to name a few.
You can make Nafplio as a base to visit its attractions as well as nearby Epidaurus & Mycenaea. Then relax in one of the restaurants at the waterfront in the evening after your weary day
The ancient acropolis of Mycenae sits atop a hill and the main center of the Mycenaean world. It is quite a imposing site as you approach the fortified palace made of giant Cyclopean walls. Many kings ruled from here, including Agamemnon, from Homer's "Iliad". The Mycenaean was a force to be reckoned with until the 1100 BC when it collapse and the city was destroyed by fire.
My VT-page on Mycenae Mycenae.
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Treasury of Attrius
Dom of Attrius
Plain of Argos from the
Profitis Ilias and Sara
Mycenae Archaeological Museum
Getting to Mycenae
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Asclepius and Panacea
Sanctuary of Asclepios
Theatre at Epidaurus
Archaeological Museum of Epidaurus
How to get to Epidauros
Saronicos Colpos bay
Church in Ligourio
Copies instead of originals
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My VT-page on Nafplio Nafplio - a city with three fortresses.
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Church of Aghios Nicolaos
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Opuntia - Cactus a prickly pear
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Mycenae is one of the famous archaeological site in Peloponnese area. The name is evocative of the greek history and it is well worth a visit.
Beside the famous lion gate and the impressive walls there are not much still standing, but you can see the perimeter of all the buildings and with a good guidebook you can easily understand the layout of the town and how it was organized.
I found very interesting the underground water cistern, I read about it on my guide and I put a flashlight in my car just to visit it, but I didnt remember to bring it! stupid... so I could walk only a few step down before being completely surrounded by darkness.. don't copy me, remember your flashlight!!
The museum has a good collection and informative board.
The entrance fee is 8 Euros and it include the nearby site called Atreus' treasury (more about it here).
There are different parking lots near the site, try the closest one first, you will have to climb enough to visit the site :-). Bathroom are by the museum entrance.
In the summer bring water with you, there is no shade around the site and it can get pretty hot.
The theater is a real masterpiece! it is still used and famous for the impressive acoustic. In fact the tour guide use to rip a little piece of paper from the stage to demonstrate it, everybody in the theater can hear it! It was built in the third century BC with a capacity of over 10,000 people.
During the summer months the Ellenic festival take place and it is possible to book ahead and go. I am sure it would be well worth it! There are special buses from Athens and Nauplion to go. More informations can be found here.
After having visited the theater do not miss a stroll around the rest of the archeological site, there are a bunch of very interesting columns and buildings.
At the end of the visit, if you feel like a quiet lunch and an afternoon at the beach you can drive to Archea Epidavros, follow the sign to Sunken city and park the car. There is a family run taverna where you can have a meal and a little further you can book a snorkeling tour to visit the sunk ruins.
Nafplion is centrally positioned in the Argolida peninsula and it offer a great base to explore the area. It is a historical and charming little town with a lot to offer. The center is pedestrian and it have a interesting architecture. There are many buildings with Venetian and Ottoman influence. The Palamidi fortress dominate it from the top of the hill and the Bourtzi island stand in the harbor and make a wonderful view when it light up at night.
The waterfront offer a line of fancy and chic cafes and Ouzeri, a great way to spend some time enjoying a drink and watching the sunset with the harbor view. In the center there are also several restaurants.
There is a huge and free parking lot at the harbor so when you arrive just follow the port sign and you will find it.
The Canal is a very impressive engineering structure. It cut the cliff for about 6 kilometer long and over 50 meter deep. It it sad to think that, after all the work it required to be built, right now its width and the water dept of only 8 meter does not allow the modern cargo ship to navigate it.
Reaching the canal is somewhat confusing, the signal are not very clear and you will end up driving on top of the bridge without even knowing it.
There are a few cafes and a parking space so it is easy to stop the car and walk back to see the canal from the bridge. there is a walkway separated from the car lane so it is safe to go.
You can also go down a few step and see it from a lower position from the budge jumping platform.
This was one of the Argolis site I enjoyed the least.. maybe because we visited it around midday and it was boiling hot! The entrance fee in 2011 was 6 Euros.
The ruins are sparse and there is not much left standing because of the numerous and frequent earthquake, but apostole Paul was here and you are looking at the same stone he was looking at.
There is a small museum that, along with the usual statues has a somewhat funny display of statues "parts"... one display of feet, one display of women's breast, one display of men's attributes... gave me a good laugh as finally i could see where all those missing statues' parts were!!
After the visit you can enjoy a well deserved meal in one of the taverna nearby. I found them good and moderately priced even if they were right at the site.
2 Saint Spyridon Square, Nauplion, Peloponnese, 21100, Greece
Good for: Couples
Lovely family run place, basic, but clean and friendly. Run by the Dassis family for over 100 years....more