Things to Do
Sunbathing and swimming
Only 100m from the apartment, Hotel Mike with the adjoining Gefyra taverna has a swimming pool that you can freely use. The food in Gefyra is very good and cheap. Try the spit roast lamb which is the speciallity of Saturday evenings.
There are 7 beaches around the area. Swimming is generally safe, but where there are rocks be aware of sea urchins. Jelly fish are not often seen close to the shore, but they do cling to buoys.
Nisi Peninsular Beach
Turn right from the port and follow the road round to the Nisi peninsular – sandy beach facing the port, pebble beach with good snorkling facing out to sea, Nikos cantina under trees, and shower. A footpath from the road leads to the Small Ancient Theatre.
Vagiogna and Kalamaki Beach
At the port, turn left past Posidon and Mike's hotel, both very good restaurants, follow the path/road to Vagiona beach – Christina's Cantina, shower.
At the end of this beach, follow the footpath across the hillside to Kalamaki beach, or continue to follow pathways and swim from rocks in crystal clear sea.
Mikes Taverna Beach
When leaving the village, and before the garage on the left, turn left and continue to the end of the road. Park on the left at Mike's taverna. Sand/pebble beach. Food, drink, sun beds, shower and the sunken city can be seen from here.
Yialassi and Panagitsa Beach
Again, as if leaving the village and after the garage on the left, turn left following the sign to Yialassi. Follow the road over the dry riverbed, turn left towards the hotels and Camping Nicolas. Gently shelving sand stretching around the bay. Food, drink, some sport, showers, sun beds. Or continue along the road, park under the trees and enjoy panagitsa beach (pebble) (you will pass a taverna with pool on the right above the road – pool is free if you buy drinks)
Ancient Sites and Places to Visit
Epidavros and the temple of Asklipios
The area is rich with famous ancient sites. The must see is the big Ancient theatre of Epidavros and the temple of Asklipios designated as a World Heritage Site and in the New York Times list of "Things to see before you die". They are situated on the road to Ligurio about 10km from the village. A festival is held every Friday and Saturday from July to August - it is worth buying tickets, but take a cushion -the stone seats are very hot! Food and drink are not allowed in the theatre, secrete a small bottle of water in a handbag - it's a long performance!
Visit ancient Corinth and of course the famous canal. Just 30minutes drive north along the coast road, listed as one of europes premier scenic routes.
To the north of Argos , the site of ancient Mycenae is another must. Mycenae is synonymous with Homer and the Iliad and the Odyssey. Myth and history are inextricably linked. An opportunity to check out ancient history before visiting the world famous Citedal of Mycenae and the celebrated Lion Gate and Tomb of Klytemnestra built over 2500 years ago.
This is the main tourist resort of the area. Beautiful beaches, clear seas, wide range of bars, tavernas and gift shops.
The first capital of modern Greece and of our favourite places to spend Leisurely long lunches. The old town is beautiful - marble squares, bougainvillea, Venetian and Ottoman architecture mingle with cobble streets, lush parks fortresses on the hillside (Palamidi) and in the sea (Bourtza). Linger over coffee in the Napoli bar overlooking the port. Eat at one of the many tavernas in the old town, and spend your money in the wide range of boutiques and gift shops: but, remember this is real Greece and the shops will be closed between 2 and 5pm.
One of the oldest continuously enhabited town since 2000BC but little of this remains in this modern city. There is a Hillside fortress, shopping, open squares but it is very hot in the summer!
On the southern tip of Argolida. Picturesque town, port, bars and tavernas.
Galatas is about 45 mins from Epidavros. It has a selection of bars and tavernas on the seafront. From here, you can catch a water taxi (
50 lepta per person)
to Poros only 5 minutes away. From here, it is possible to catch ferries/hydrofoils to the islands of Hydra and Spetses, as well as Pireaus.
Head on the coast road towards Korinthos , and turn right to Korfos. Eat a leisurely lunch at a beach side taverna, top up the tan before heading back.
Nea Epidavros (New Epidavros)
Nea Epidavros is just 8km to the north and is famous for hosting the first ever meeting of the Greek National Assembly in 1822. Visit the little village that clings to the mountain side or follow the signs to the beach, drive through orange groves, before settling into a beach side taverna for lunch, then top up the tan, and swim in the gently shelving water.