The prefecture of Argolida, which occupies the eastern tip of Peloponnese, is characterized by mountains that together with a well-irrigated fertile plain and a mild climate made the area the perfect place for civilization to develop as early as the prehistoric times.
With its unique archaeological sites, the comforts of its modem cities, the beauty of the unexplored mountainous areas and the lacy coastline, its glorious past and bright future. Argolida will always be here waiting for you to explore it, ready to satisfy visitors that seek the beauty of nature along with a journey into history.
The region of Argolida was the "heart" of Greece from 1600 to 1100 BC under the Mycenaeans. With their decline, the Dorians controlIed the fate of the area until its conquest of the country by the Romans. During the Byzantine era Argolida shared the fortune of the rest of the Peloponnese. It was ruled by the Franks and surrendered to the Turks in 1460, Nafplio, however, remained in Venetian hands until 1540.
Nafplion was the capital of the newly formed Greek state from 1828 to 1834, when this role passed to Athens.
Visitors will marvel at the beauty of Argolida and appreciate its unhurried approach to life. Olives, forests, meadows, mountain villages and bare peaks abound; and we must not forget its beautiful beaches. Our tour starts at Argos, the most ancient city in Greece, built at the foot of Larissa and Aspida hills, which have always offered protection and supported its defense against aggressors throughout the ages. This is a city that counts 5000 years of life! The beauty title through goes to Nafplion, the forever charming first capital of the Greek state and a pole of attraction for thousands of tourists each year.
The magic of the shores of the Argolida, the bald mountains, golden valleys, the grandeur of the monuments and the eternal quality of its myths leave visitors a lasting impression.
Sightseeing and Monuments
Epidavros is what the ancients called a “sight to please the eye". The small natural harbour surrounded by verdant land and the ancient Theater of Epidavros, a world heritage monument, compose the grandeur of the area. And naturally the Mycenae, the matrix of the Mycenaean civilization evidenced in the multitude of ruins sum as the Acropolis, the Lions Gate, the Mycenaean Palace, the Mycenaean Tombs and more, a pole of attraction for thousands of visitors each year.
Tourists that visit Argolida usually refer to tourist guides, which mostly recommend county's southern areas as the best place to visit. However, few visitors have experienced the breathtaking landscapes of the Argolic mountains and even fewer can imagine this other side of Argolida, a paradise on earth for ail forms of alternative tourism in Peloponnese. Tiny traditional hamlets are nestled on the mountain tops, linked with narrow streets and pathways, sharing common feasts and customs.
The region is full of Byzantine and post-Byzantine monuments, monasteries and churches dating back to the 10th century.