Let us welcome you to Argolis, one of the most beautiful locations on the Peloponnesian peninsula. This region offers a unique combination of mountains and sea, art and history, and picturesque villages infiltrated with olive trees. Argolis' capital, Nafplio, is one of the most important and picturesque cities in Greece; a seaport city which was the first official capital of newly-liberated Greece in 1829. The regional unit of Argolis also includes the magnificent city of Epidaurus, where the exceptional Theatre of Epidaurus is located, and Mycenae, one of the major centers of Greek civilization from about 1600 BC to 1100 BC. Last but not least, the beautiful seafront city of Ermioni. If you are not already intrigued, let us delve a bit more into how you can spend a day in Argolis and how the many historical and cultural gems there satisfy any and every taste.
The ancient open Theatre of Epidaurus dates back to 4th century BC and is located in the lush hills of the Peloponnese, just a 30-minute drive from the Saronic Gulf. As one of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Greece, it is undeniably unique for a multitude of reasons. It is argued that the Theatre of Epidaurus is the grandest and best-preserved in all of Greece, making it a must-see for travelers who come to Athens (Epidaurus is only 2 hours away from Athens!). Although the Theatre is most definitely the highlight of the area, the city that surrounds the Epidaurus Theatre is also an exemplary archeological site, with a gymnasium that is recently excavated and a museum with beautiful works of art like statues and replicas.
Located on the giant peninsula of the Peloponnese, Ancient Messene is possibly the most underrated archeological site in the whole of Greece. This ancient city was, unlike most others, untouched by the later settlements and has thus been preserved outstandingly. The excavation of this site took place recently compared to the sites of Epidaurus and Delphi, which explains why it's still an off-the-radar destination. That being said, the archeological site of Ancient Messene is arguably one of the most impressive ones, given its sheer size. The site has been steadily in the process of being excavated for the last 100 years but only a third of its total size has been completed so far!
Peloponessos – there is something magical about the name, and something mythical in all that is contained within. ‘The island of Pelops’, derived from the mythical king Pelops who supposedly unified the region, is a name first used during the Greek Archaic period (800-479 BC). Today, the Peloponnese conjures up visions of the most exotic traces of the Hellenic past. Sparta, Mycenae, Olympia, Argos, Corinth; relics of a distant age. The peninsula – it is a peninsula, not an island, joined to mainland Greece by the isthmus of Corinth – is littered with ancient sites, attesting to the brilliant flourishing of the great Hellenic ages. Let us take you on a journey through this land of myth and raw beauty.
Maybe it’s the allure of the city having been the first capital of modern Greece; maybe it’s the combination of its breath-taking beaches and picturesque alleys; maybe it’s the fact that Nafplio carries the same aesthetic as Athens’ Plaka, only ten folds. Whichever the reason, Nafplio is arguably one of the most striking and romantic cities of Greece, dearly beloved by both locals and visitors, proving Henry Miller’s quote nothing short of true.
If you want to escape from Athens, Loutraki, a seaside town in the Peloponnese, only one hour away from Athens by car, is the ideal destination for you, also accessible by bus and the suburban train. But what makes Loutraki so special?
Our vacation in Monemvasia has come to an end and it's time to share our experience with you! Monemvasia (meaning 'single entrance' in Greek) is a town in Laconia, famous for its Castle. The so-called Gibraltar of the East is the perfect place to spend some days away from the hassle and bustle of the city. We also spent one day in Elafonisos, which is a little gem of an island at a very short distance from the southern Peloponnese and the perfect getaway when you visit Athens!