( Except those who come here to take the ferry to Eretria ) most of the visitors take the bus or their car to relax at the beach of Oropos. The pebble beach gets crowded at weekends. It’s well organized with some umbrellas, a lot of cafes around to give you the refreshments you need etc The waters are clear, the pebble beach not so nice and there are also many water sports, like bicycles etc
If you get bored here you can try some other beaches like 3’ car drive to the east at Ayioi Apostoloi, or drive west along the coast to Chalkoutsi, Dilessi or even further to Avlida.
This is one of the most popular café in Oropos. In the morning the tables (on the sand) are occupied by the swimmers of the beach that can relax and have a drink while they get burnt by the sun (there are umbrellas, don’t worry). In the afternnon the lights go down, candles come on the tables and you can see more trendy people arrive :)
You don’t really have many choices here so you can just drink a coffee, a beer or other alcohol. I dont think you eat anything special here, nothing more than a toasted sandwich I guess. The beers come with potato chips though :)
The music are the regular hits of the season. Although the pub is over the main road, they waitreses will serve you from this ugly construction near the beach (pic 2).
There is a regional bus from Athens (70’ ride). KTEL ATTIKI operates at the beginning of Alexandras Avenue at the intersection with Patision. There are about 16 buses from Athens to Skala Oropou. The first one is at 6:00 and the last one at 21:30.
The easiest way is by car of course. Drive at the national road Athens-Lamia and turn right at Malakasa, from there is 15’ in a smaller but safe road.
There are some taxis that can take you to nearby villages also.
The ferry operates from 6:00 till 23:30 and it will take you to Eretria. There is one every 30’ and the ride takes about 20’. The ticket is 2euro per person and 10euro for the car.
I put this under OFF THE BEATEN PATH tips for 2 reasons. First because the Sanctuary is located at Kalamos village which is 10' away from Skala Oropos by car. The other reason is that most of the people prefer to swim all day and dance all night at Oropos and they dont care about old ruins so much :) I went there one sunny morning from Skala Oropos and I really enjoyed it.
The Sanctuary of Amphiarion is Attica’s ancient healing center, the only one of Attica! You can see the ruins of Amphiarion hidden among the pine forest that covers the area before the village of Kalamos. There in a small valley you can see the place that was the Oracle dedicated to Ampiaros, the king of Argos that could interpret dreams.
You can see the ruins of many buildings and monuments like:
-the Temple of Amphiaraos
-the Theatre (pic 1)
-the Statue Bases(pic 2), with some interesting text written on them
-the Klepsydra(pic 4), the most interesting item, a hydraulic clock!
-the Stoa(pic 5), that the patients were sleeping waiting for the God to heal them
-the Sacred Spring,
You can spend about 30 minutes among the ruins but I suggest you to buy the small guide at the entrance so to know what you look. There is a small map inside the place with some written notes in case you don’t know anything about the place.
You can visit the Amphiarion daily (except Mondays) 8:30-15:00 and the entrance fee is only 2euro.
Drive toward Markopulo or Kalamos which is 15’ away by car. After Markopulo turn left to Kalamos. On your way you will see a monastery on your right, after some minutes you will see the Sanctuary of Amphiareos on your left.