Population: 105. 770 (2001)
Distance from Athens: 148 km.
Main areas are: Argos, (Ancient) Epidavrus, Epidavrus, Mycenae, Nafplio, Porto Heli, Tolo.
Argolida has many beautiful sandy beaches mainly at Argolic bay: Arbanitia, Karathonas, Nea Kios, Miloi, Paralia Tirou, Asini, Drepano, Tolo, Vivari and Iria. Making your way towards Ermioni, you meet the beaches of Koilada, Porto Cheli, Kosta, Petrothalassa, Plepi and at Saronic bay: Nea and Palaia Epidavrus and Galatas.
The first capital of Greece, Nafplio still awaits you for an unforgettable visit full of beautiful moments. Nafplio resembles a drawing with the imposing citadel of Palamidi protectively cradling the city and the Bourtzi.
The magic of Nafplio starts from the narrow roads with the neoclassical buildings, the historical squares and the Turkish mosque.
It's worthwhile visiting Palamidi, the Akronafplia, the laographic, venetic museum and the museum of chaplet.
There are also two Turkish tzamis and the church of Agios Spiridon where the governor of Greece Kapodistrias was murdered.
Do not forget to taste the traditional cuisine in the taverns of the city.
Argos is the most ancient city. It is today a rich trading and agricultural centre. It's worthwhile visiting the Ancient Theatre, the remains of the romance watering-places, the conservatory, the temple of Aphrodite and parts of the ancient city.Inside the city are the building of the barracks of Kapodistria, the manor-house of General Tsokri and the archeological museum.
Leaving Argos, you can visit the Kefalari, a blooming area with running waters.
Tolo is a modern summer resort. The area offers a lot of facilities to the visitors. By the caique you can also enjoy the peaceful island Romvi (opposite Tolo).
North of Nafplio is Nea Kios. The city was built from the Micrasiates refugees from Kio. During the last years, Nea Kios has gathered many tourists.
Asini is placed on a citrus tree covered plain. Homer, the great poet has glorified it in the Iliada. Don't forget to visit the ancient acropolis on the top of the hill, not far from the sea.
A real “gem” of Argolida, Epidavrus is well known for its theater. Built in a forest, it enchants every visitor for its architecture as well as for its sounds. At the archaeological place, the most important buildings are the temple of Apollo Maleati, the cyclic building of Tholo, the temple of Themida and the ruins of the temple of Artemi. Don't miss visiting the archaeological museum.
Near Epidavrus is Ligourio, which, because of its proximity to the theatre, gathers a lot of tourists. Beautiful villages are Tracheia, Dimaina, Koliaki and Gialasi.
One of the most important archaeological places is Mycenae which has long been the centre of the Mycenean civilization. Don't miss visiting the acropolis of the city, the “Pili of Leonton”, which is the most ancient sculptural monument in the whole Europe. Outside the acropolis domed graves, the most imposing of which is the grave of Agamemnon, have been found.
Tirintha, according to mythology, was built by Cyclops.
At the edge of the argoliki peninsula, stands the beautiful Ermioni which is “dressed” in the traditional insular colour.
On the west side of the Saronic bay, opposite the island of Poros, is Galatas, the ideal place for those who prefer relaxing vacations.
On the southern seashore of Argolida is Porto Heli. Built on the remains of the ancient city, today has become a famous summer resort. Caiques, small and big sailing boats and yachts are right at anchor.
From Porto Cheli you can enjoy daily excursions to the islands of Ydra, Spetses, Poro, Nafplio, Epidayrus, Mycenae, and the caves of Dyrou, Monemvasia, Mystra and the Cyclades islands.
How you can get there
By bus: Intercity buses run daily from Athens to Argos and Nafplio.
By car: In order to go to Argolida by car
From Athens the distance is 144 km
From Thessaloniki the distance is 471 km
From Patra the distance is 49 km
From Korinthos the distance is 61 km
From Ioannina the distance is 421 km
By train: There are time-tables from Athens to Argos and Nafplio.
Coastally: Flying Dolphins depart from marina of Zeas to Nafplio, Ermioni, Tolo, Porto Heli and Epidavrus.
USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
(Calling code for Greece 0030)
Argos Municipality27513 60700 Argos Hospital 27510 64290 Argos Police Station27510 67222 Argos Traffic Police27510 67247 Argos Bus Station27510 67324 Nafplio Bus Station27520 27323 Kranidi Bus Station27540 21218 Galatas Bus Station22980 42480 Isthmos (Korinth) Bus Station27410 83000
Athens Bus Station 210 5134588
Argos Railway Station 27510 67212 Athens Railway Station 210 5131601 Nafplio Port Authority 27520 22974 Marina Zeas Port Authority 210 4593144 Piraeus Port Authority 210 4226000-4 Argos Post Office 27510 67366 Argos Archaeological Museum 27510 68819
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