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Epidavros - Hydra - Mycenae - Spetses - Tiryntha - Nafplio


 - Situated midway the east coast of the Argolida district, easy to reach by road via Athens-Corinth Canal main highway or the scenic routes from Nafplion or Ermiono-Kranidi country roads or by sea aboard a ferry or Flying Dolphin from Piraeus.
Its sheltered location and natural surroundings, the beauty of the landscape and fertility of the soil, attracted not only men but also gods. It was here that Asklepios' most splendid sanctuary was situated. Here yet another important nucleus of ancient Greek civilization was created, a renowned sanctuary, to which the physically and mentally sick resorted for 1000 years to seek a cure, is situated amidst olive, pine and citrus trees and is surrounded by the sparkling blue sea. Today Epidavros awaits its visitors to alleviate their weary souls from the stress of everyday life.
The choice of Epidavros as the site where the main healing sanctuary of the God Asklepios was established was not a random one. The natural beauty and tranquillity of the place exerted, as it still does, a beneficial influence on every human being. In ancient times, numerous pilgrims arrived in the area mainly via the port of Epidavros, where hundreds of visitors from all over the world still arrive today, though not for therapeutic purposes but for cultural reasons. While in the past Epidavros was widely visited by those making a pilgrimage to the healing sanctuary, its visitors nowadays, should view their coming to this once venerated precinct as a tribute to culture and art. The famed festival of Epidavros was instituted in the 1950's thus, reviving ancient Greek drama and breathing life into the Small Theatre of Ancient Epidavros. The latter known as the" Shell of the Saronic", emerged out of silence six years ago with its musical festivals.
New Epidavros is also a symbol of the history of the Modern Greek State.
However Epidavros does not merely stand for ancient history, drama and culture, it is also a resort offering recreational holidays and an agricultural region. Agri-tourism reaches its peak during the agricultural summer bazaar that has been held in Ancient Epidavros since 1988. The hospitality, love and friendliness, which the local inhabitants show towards visitors, are one of the treasured memories people are left with. Tourism area with the majority of visitors centring on Ancient and New Epidavros.



 - Hydra lies between the Saronic and Argolis Gulf and is 37 nautical miles from Piraeus, which are covered by ship in 3 hours and by hydrofoil in half time hour. It has an area of 50 sq. km. and a shoreline of 55 km, with a population of 3000.
The oldest settlement to have been found on the island is Mycenaean. At a later period Hydra was seized by Hermione, which subsequently sold it to Samos. We know of no major historical events here down to the 17th century AD, when the island began gradually to acquire a powerful merchant fleet, which was later at the time of the Napoleonic Wars, to monopolise sea transport throughout the Mediterranean.Then the uprising against the Turks broke out in 1821, Hydra had a population of 30000 and 150 vessels. The island's wealthy sea-captains fitted out their vessels as warships and spent whole fortunes in order to help in the Struggle. Their feats and the heroism of their crews became a byword throughout Europe. Besides their vessels, the island seamen made use of fireships-small boats loaded with explosives which they brought by night alongside the Turkish vessels and then blew them up. The superiority of the Hydriots and their companions in arms at sea was one of the determining factors in the success of the Greek Revolution. Today, Hydra is one of the most cosmopolitan points in the Mediterranean. The fact that Hydra has a unique beauty in its architecture and its landscape, taken together with its proximity to Athens and its important historical interest, have gradually raised the island to the level of an international tourist centre. Undoubtedly, Hydra is one of the most beautiful islands in Greece with a unique atmosphere. Here you can enjoy an unforgettable vacation.


 - The legendary home of the Atreides, is situated upon a small hill-top on the lower slopes of Euboea Mountain, between two of its peaks, on the road leading from the Argolic Gulf to the north (Corinth, Athens, etc.).
The site was inhabited since Neolithic times (about 4000 BC) but reached its peak during the Late Bronze Age (1350-1200 BC), giving its name to a civilization which spread throughout the Greek world. During that period, the acropolis was surrounded by massive "cyclopean" walls which were built in three stages (ca.1350, 1250 and 1225 BC) except on its SE flank where a steep ravine provided natural defense.
A palace was built on the summit of the hill while towards the Argolic plain lay the wall - painted "Cult Center", the main gate or "Lion Gate" and "Grave Circle A" which contained the treasures now displayed at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. On the NE side, a tunnel leading to a subterranean fountain was built in "cyclopean" masonry in around 1225 B.C.
More tombs, "Grave Circle B", and large tholoi as well as houses were discovered outside the walls. Mycenae was occupied without interruption until 468 B.C. when it was conquered by the city of Argos and its population banished. It was reoccupied in the 3rd century B.C. for a relatively short period. It had been abandoned for some time when Pausanias visited the site during the 2nd century A.D.


 - is famous for its beautiful traditional architecture consisting in a mixture of 17th, 18th, 19th and early 20th century architectural style, testifying about the cultural and economical development and wealth of the island during those years, when it was, along with the island of Hydra, one of the greatest marine and industrial powers of Greece.
Almost all the traditional houses have a courtyard decorated with pebble mosaics, inlaid with local motifs; those decorative beauties can be seen, if someone is lucky, when the garden’s gates of the houses are opened.
Another characteristic of the traditional Spetsiote architecture is the flat, unadorned façade of the buildings.Beautiful Venetian mansions with tiled roofs, wooden balconies and bright coloured walls are standing next to superb neoclassical residences and 19th century two-storey houses with tiled roofs on which stone sculptures are standing, decorating it; those houses are usually painted in ochre or crème and have many large coloured windows. These buildings have an arched ground floor patio supporting the balcony of the second story. Fine marble squares are scattered around the settlements, matching with the austere facades of the buildings.
Pebble-mosaic cobblestone streets are surrounding the old mansions and houses, linking the various architectural styles together


 - Near to Nafplio there are the ancient remains of a mycenaic acropolis with "cyclopean'' city wall (very tall, for that period, wich were construct with large block of stones). For this reason ,according to mythology, the city had built by the Cyclops. In the first place the city belonged to Danaous and then to Hercules' descendants. According to the findings of the archaelogical excavations people lived here, for the first time, during the Neolithic age. The city begun to prosper during the Firsthellenic Period (2500 bC) and has continued to Mycenaic Period. Tirintha destroyed by Argos at 468 bc and at that time the inhabitans abandoned the area. During the Byzantine Period people returned to stay. The ancient Tirintha is 7 km N. from Nafplio.


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