Located at just under a two-hour drive from Athens, the Argolis peninsula in the Peloponnese region offers many different historical sites, culture and beauty to tourists looking for a spectacular vacation in Greece.
The first stop on a trip to the area is Argos, the largest city in the region and its namesake, which is considered to be the longest continually inhabited town in Europe.
The city is dotted with ancient ruins of citadels and theaters denoting one of the town’s greatest legends as being the home base of the Mycenaean empire which ruled over Greece from 1600 to 1100 BC.
Nafplio a must-see when visiting Argolis in the Peloponnese
The nearby seaport town of Nafplio is also located in the Argolis region and is another must-see on your vacation in Greece.
Nafplio was the first capital city of Modern Greece and to this day you can see well-preserved ruins of the fortress walls up high overlooking the town from the mountainside.
This charming and romantic town has small streets that wrap around neoclassical buildings and picturesque squares, making it the perfect place to visit anytime of the year.
Next on the list of places you must visit while you travel Greece’s Argolis peninsula is Epidaurus. Here you will find everything from ancient ruins and an impressive ancient Greek theater to a quaint town with tavernas serving up local treats.
The ancient theater of Epidaurus
Epidaurus is a must see on any trip through the Peloponnese and during the summer months there are weekend shows at the ancient theater of Epidaurus, that draw in crowds of thousands of spectators from all around the world.
The ancient theater of Epidaurus was designed by Polykleitos in the fourth century BC. The original 34 rows were extended in Roman times by another 21 rows. It seats up to 14,000 people.
The theater is admired for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of un-amplified spoken words from the proscenium to all 14,000 spectators, regardless of their seating.
Some even claim that audiences are able to hear a pin drop, or a match being struck, from any seat in the house.
Just when you thought you have seen all that the region has to offer, you realize there is so much more history and beauty to explore when you visit Tolo.
Tolo also has quiet beaches where you can relax, enjoy the views and the clear blue waters.
Before you leave Tolo, be sure to visit the ruins of Ancient Asini which are located just outside of the village on top of a hilly cape. This small fishing village has become a top destination for tourists.
The place to stay while visiting the region is Drepano, a village close to Tolo and next to Ancient Asini. It’s perfect for families, friends and couples to relax and unwind.