Excursions to the Mainland

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Mainland

Epidavros & Mycenae

Epidavros was a small, very prosperous city in ancient Greece. Today, visitors can wander through the archeological excavation of the ruins and also visit the famous limestone amphitheater, renowned for its exceptional acoustics. An actor standing in the middle of the stage can be heard by any of 15,000 spectators sitting anywhere in the theater without amplifying his voice. Read more at the Epidavros tourist webpage. Also read more about the site and its history at Ermioni.info.

Mycenae, a military stronghold which dominated much of southern Greece, was a major center of Greek civilization in the second millennium BC: the period from 1600 BC to about 1100 BC is know as Mycenaean. Mycenae was home to King Agamemon, whose sister-in-law, Helen, eloped with the Trojan Paris. As a result, Agamemnon launching the Trojan War, source of much Greek myth and drama, which, according to legend, brought anarchy, ruin, and piracy to the land.  The first excavations at Mycenae, carried out in 1841, uncovered the famous Lion Gate. In 1876 Heinrich Schliemann initiated a complete excavation, interpreting the site in accordance with Greek myth and legend. He discovered in on burial chamber what is reputed to be the funeral mask of Agamemnon. Read more at Wikipedia’s page on Mycenae. Also see Ermioni.info for a full description of the site.

Ermioni

Named for Hermione, the only daughter of Helen (of Troy) and Menelaus, King of Sparta, Ermioni is an ancient town, traces of which are still visible around the city today.  Surrounded on three sides by water, Ermioni has lovely views of Dokos and Hydra. Visitors to Ermioni can enjoy a lovely walk from the Limania (port) where the dolphins debark, around the town’s eastern tip, a piney forested area called Bisti (with sea access for swimming), to Mandraki, with it’s cafes and tavernas with splendid views of the bay. The village itself wanders up hill to narrow, crooked streets with quaint traditional houses. On Thursdays there’s a colorful and lively farmers market from 7:30 to 12:30, where you can pick up fresh fish and produce, along with a multitude of other items, for prices far below anything you’ll find on Hydra. (In fact, lots of Hydriots and local residents do their weekly shopping here.) For more info on Ermioni, visit Ermioni.info, which is packed with useful information for visiting this city, as well as the numerous nearby points of interest.

Napflio

This beautiful, ancient city was the first capital of the independent Greece, from 1829 to 1834.  With broad streets, narrow small alleys, squares, fountains, and monuments, traditional tavernas, shops and museums, Napflio is well worth an overnight say. Be sure to wander around the charming, medieval old town, Paleo Napflio, and to visit the Bourtzi island fortress, built by the Venetians in 1471.  Also visit the fourteenth-century  Akronauplia and the Venetian castle Palamidi, which offer fabulous, panoramic views of the city. Museums worth visiting include the Archaeological Museum of the Peloponnese, the Folklore Museum,, the War Museum, the  Children’s Museum, and the Komboloi Museum.  Learn more at Napflio’s tourist website and Ermioni.info.