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Regions of Greece : East Peloponnese (Korinthia or Corinthos, Argolida, Arkadia, Lakonia, Kithira or Kythira)

 The Prefecture of Argolida

The Prefecture of Argolida, Peloponnese is a fantastic holiday destination, as it possesses one-of-a-kind ancient and historical sites, breathtaking natural beauty, and enchanting beaches. Argolida Greece is a multifaceted prefecture, with very picturesque towns and traditional villages, which also have a contemporary atmosphere; a fusion that is simply irresistible.

The prefecture of Argolida Peloponnese is a favorite vacation spot for history aficionados and nature lovers. Travellers have the opportunity to stroll through the charming town of Nafplion to visit its ancient and Venetian castles, and to admire the panoramic view offered from both these historic monuments. Tolo Argolida is the perfect place for those who want to spend their holiday lying on marvelous beaches, exploring the lush terrain, and visiting sites such as Mycenae, Nafplion, and Ancient Epidaurus.

Argolida Greece is a great destination for family holidays, as it has a very well-developed tourist infrastructure, including excellent hotels in Nafplion and Tolo. All the ancient sites, such as Mycenae and Ancient Epidaurus, are easily accessed, and the Argolida beaches are organized and sheltered.

The Peloponnese is famous for its delicious cuisine, which you should definitely try while vacationing in the Argolida Prefecture. There are many traditional tavernas and restaurants throughout the Argolida, especially in the quaint alleyways of Nafplion. For your evening entertainment, Nafplion and Tolo offer a wide selection of nightclubs and bars for all tastes .

While planning your vacation in the Argolida Prefecture, you will find a plethora of apartments, rooms for rent and hotels in Nafplion, Tolo and other towns, covering all price ranges. The prefecture of Argolida is a popular holiday spot all year round, meaning that there are excellent Argolida hotels in both seaside towns and lush, hillside villages.

Argolida Beaches 

Beaches are ideal for endless moments of relaxation and recreation. Most of the Argolida beaches are situated in bays, making them safe for families with small children, even when the sea is choppy. There are many hotels located near stunning beaches, offering easy access to a swimming and sunbathing paradise.

In Argolida there are long stretches of sand, and small cove-like beaches to choose from. The pebbly beaches of Nea Epidaurus and Epidaurus are lovely, and the ideal place for a swim after visiting the archaeological sites. The sandy beaches of Ermioni, Petro thalassa, and Porto Heli are very popular and frequented by holiday-makers staying at the seaside resorts. Saladi Beach is lovely, as are the marvellous beaches in Tolo Bay: Iria, Drepano, Vivari, and Tolo, offering many options to those staying in the town of Tolo.

Argolida Greece Sighseeing

The prefecture of Argolida is one of the prime locations for sightseeing in Greece. It is a popular spot for archaeology buffs who spend days just exploring the historical monuments and taking in the magical aura of the ancient civilisations of Greece.

There are several impressive sites in Argolida Greece, which are marked on our map of Argolida on this page.

The town of Nafplion is inarguably one of the most picturesque towns in Greece, with its neoclassic buildings, narrow alleyways, and Venetian charm. Visits to the Palamidi Castle, the Akronafplia Fortress and the Bourtzi Fortress are a must during your stay in Argolida Greece.

The town of Argos has a number of wonderful sites, such as the Larisa Castle, the ancient agora, and the ancient theatre. The archaeological site of Asini is excellent, as is the prehistoric site of Ancient Lerna in Myli. In the town of Tyrintha, you will have the opportunity to tour the archaeological site and its ancient remains.



Flights & Ferries to Argolida



The easiest way to reach Argolida Greece is travelling by car or bus via the National Highway. Intercity buses depart daily from Athens for Nafplion Argolida, approximately every hour. On the other hand, if you decide to travel to Argolida Greece by car, you should take the National Highway in the direction of Corinth. On your way you will follow the road signs showing the way towards Tripoli, and then towards Nafplion and Argos.

There are also ferry boats that depart from Piraeus to the seaside towns Ermioni and Porto Heli.



Epidaurus is a modern town belonging to Argolida, which is situated on the eastern part of Peloponnese. The historical legacy is related to mythology, as it is said to be the birthplace of Asklepios, the god of healing, son of Apollo. In fact, Epidaurus has the most popular health centre of ancient times, called “the Asclepieion”.

During 4th and 3rd century BC, this building was enlarged and partly reconstructed, as part of a Roman demanding program destined to monumental buildings. The project was successful and its benefits extended over the Hellenistic times.

The centre used to be visited by ill people who expected to find a cure. Sick persons had to share a room called the “enkoimitria” to sleep at night. The idea was that Asklepios would appear in their dreams and give them the cure to their diseases.

However, the mineral springs located nearby may have been taken advantage of, as well. Epidaurus counts on some other characteristic places that also make it very unique. One of them is the theatre, a monument whose magnificence remains until today.

Just like the Asclepieion, the theatre owes part of its splendour to the Romans, since during their domination it received 21 more rows in addition to the 34 that already existed. However, unlike the Roman theatres, in this case the surrounding view is part of the building, so it was taken into account and respected due to its design.


The advantages this structure offers makes it possible for plays, and as a banqueting hall as well, known as the ceremonial Hestiatoreion. Due to the relationship that Greeks had to sports, the theatre can also become an arena where wrestling is practised. All these activities were extensively practised in this place during ancient times


Another advantage of this place is its acoustics, to the point that the actors’ voices do not need to be amplified, in spite of a 15.000-spectator capacity. No matter the location within the amphitheatre, all spectators can hear the play perfectly.

Prefecture of Corinthos (Korinthia)

The prefecture of Corinthos joins Sterea Hellas ( Central Greece ) with Peloponnese. It is known for its many summer resorts that have sprung out on its north coast and for the various archaeological sites, that have remained from ancient years. The capital, Corinthos, is 84 km from Athens.

Passing through the prefecture, it is obvious that this is a place with a history that goes back to the ancient years. Many archaeological sites show us the growth and the cultural development of ancient Corinthos. Akrocorinth inside the ancient city, the most ancient castle in Peloponnese, Nemea with the temple of Zeus and ancient Sikion with the theater and the stadium are all very important pieces of the Greek history.

The prefecture of Corinthos is also an ideal place for summer vacations since many are the wonderful beaches that have contributed to the development of tourism. Small villages and towns such as Vrahati, Derveni, Kiato and Xilokastro are attracting many tourists from all over the world, offering the wonderful climate and the clean waters of the area.

These cosmopolitan summer resorts also attract many people living in the neighbouring towns. Loutraki, famous for its hot healing springs, has for many years been a great solution to many people living Athens, who are looking for a weekend full of summer fun.

The prefecture of Corinthos is known for many more amazing places, such as Isthmus, a narrow cutting in the land to allow the ships to pass and historic villages such as Dervenakia, who marked an important victory against the Turks. 

 Prefecture of Laconia

Laconia is situated on the north-eastern part of Peloponnese and covers an area of 3.636 km. Its terrain is mostly semi-mountainous, with rich and fertile plains and the 5% of the area is taken up by forests. It is washed by the Messinian and the Laconian Bays, also by the Myrtoon and Cretan Seas. The wonderful islets Trinassos, Glaros, Leptonissi, Kasela, Roditsa, Daskalio and the island Elafonissos belong to Laconia. It is defined by the two impressive mountain ranges: Taygetos on the west and Parnonas on the east and between them the river Eurotas flows through the Laconian plain.

The climate of the area, purely Mediterranean, varies with regions. Winter is generally mild but snowy on the mountainous country. Summer is hot, autumn is mild and spring is simply wonderful. The plains around Sparta are extremely fertile, full of orange and olive trees. There follows a hilly region where you can find a great variety of aromatic herbs and brushwood. The two feet of Laconia, the first flat, the second rocky have one common characteristic: the beautiful seashores, some of them with rocky small bays and secluded havens and others with infinite, sandy beaches.

From an administrative aspect the prefecture of Laconia consists of four provinces: Gythio (its capital Gythio), Epidavros Limira (its capital Molai), Lacadaemon (its capital Sparta) and Itilo (its capital Areopolis). It has a population of 95.695 people whereas 14.084 of them reside in Sparta. The prefecture'
s financial resources derive mainly from agriculture. The most important products are its famous olive-oil, oranges, figs, honey and tomatoes.

Sparta is a city with a long history and a modern municipality, the Spartan Municipality. Sparta is the capital of the Laconia prefecture with an excellent city plan and stands on the site of the ancient city built by the decree of 1834 signed by King Otto and designed by Staufehrt. The plan followed the Ippodamean example of wide avenues and big squares and was designed for 100.000 inhabitants. The capital of the prefecture is the administration center and has all the characteristics of a modern provincial city. The economy is based on agricultural production and tourism. It is surrounded by ancient sites and the center of the city is crowned with many neoclassical buildings and monuments. Sparta offers to the traveler all the required facilities for accommodation and for organizing tourist excursions. Near Sparta, at Amykles, is the throne of Apollo, the most important religious center of the Spartans. At Vafio lies the Mycenaean tomb where the two world famous golden cups diasplayed at the National Archeological Museum in Athens were found. As for Ancient Sparta, it is a city which played a decisive role in the ancient Greek world, a society which developed the concept of the Spartan Life
– asceticism, self-sacrifice discipline. Sanctuaries, altars and the ancient theatre evoke a distant age. The findings are displayed at the Archaeological Museum of Sparta.

Mystras occupies a steep foothill on the northern slopes of Mt. Taygetos at a distance of 6 km from Sparta. The castle on the top of the hill was founded in 1249 by the Frankish leader William the 2nd the Villeharduin. The Aercheological Museum of Mystras is housed in the two-storeyed building at the west wing of the north courtyard of the Cathedral of Ag. Dimitrios. It was founded in 1951 and since then its collections have been considerably enriched. It features collections of Byzanttine sculpture, jewellery, pottery, coins, fragments of wall paintings, portable post-Byzantine icons and pieces of fabric. The entire Byzantine city of Mistras is essentially an open-air museum, evidence of a glorious era. The fortress, the palaces and churches, the fortifications and the gates, the mansions and houses, the streets and the fountains, all constitute a record of the unique history of the seat of the Seignior of Moreas. In Ano Hora, the Palaces of the Seignieurs form an impressive complex of buildings constructed at different times. All, starting from the mansion of the Katakouzini, to the palace of Paleologi, have been renovated and have had their old glamour restored.

The rock of Monemvasia, towering 300 meters above the eastern coast of Laconia, is an unforgettable site. The medieval, Byzantine and Venetian city is still very much alive on the south eastern part, looking to the sea. At the top of the rock lies the old, now abandoned city. A low bridge connects the rock with the coast. This sole entry gave the city its name. The first Laconians passed through here in the 6th century B.C., seeking a place of refuge. There followed a thousand years of prosperity and glory. Time has stopped in Monemvasia. The visitor is invited for magical walks through the busy towering street, the cobblestone alleys, the mansions, the Byzantine churches, the terraced houses, the low arches and staircases. New Monemvassia, on the coast across from the fortress-town, is a picturesque town full of vivacity, which offers all tourist facilities: many accommodation opportunities, restaurants, night-life, a large varied market, a pretty hospitable harbor. Recreation by the sea can be enjoyed at the municipal beach, to the north and pera Kakavos and Pori, and to the south at Agia Paraskevi, Nomia, Agios Stefanos and Xifias.

Only 350 meters from the coast of the Peloponese, lies the isle of Elafonissos
– a chance for quiet recreation in a wonderful natural environment. Exotic in its leeward coves, sand dunes and cedars, traditional in its island color. At the harbor fishing boats lie anchored, while the fish-taverns and ouzo-cafés offer fresh fish, fish soup and grilled octopus. The trademark of Elafonissos are its exquisite beaches: Kontogoni and Kalogeras near the village, Lefki on the eastern coast, the famous beach of Simos- in the bay of Frangos, with its sand dunes and cedars, the beach of the bay of Sarakiniko – a major mooring place for centuries, carrying memories of naval battles and pirates- and the sandy beach of Panagia on the western coast, opposite four small islands.

The sea is generous with its gifts along the coastal region of Gythion, from the municipal beach to the sandy beaches of Mavrovouni and Selinitsa where the Careta-Careta turtles always come to lay their eggs. To the south are the hospitable beaches of Vathi, Ageranos, Skoutari, Kalyvia and Paganea, with their crystal-clear water and the wind filling the sails of the surfers in the Laconian bay. The harbor, the two- or three-storey neo-classical mansions, the maritime and traditional Maniot color
… All this combined with tourist services of all levels: Hotels with conference facilities at Selinitsa, Mavrovouni and Vathi, restaurants, taverns and cafés. In the morning or in the evening a walk around Gythion is magical. Later, the town offers beautiful, romantic nights, but also, for those so inclined, dance and night life. A charming addendum to the attractions of Gythion is the islet of Kranai, which is now linked to the coast. An interesting site on Kranai is the Tzanettakis tower, a Maniot fortress-residence donated to the state and currently housing the history and ethnology Museum of Mani. Also worth visiting are the chapel of Agios Petros nad the octagonal lighthouse of 22 meters height, built in 1873 of tenarian marble. 

 Prefecture of Arcadia

Arkades are considered to be the most ancient inhabitants of Peloponnese. In historical period they created big cities. In 1205 Arkadia was conquered by the Frankish, in 1330 by Andronikos Palaeologos, and in 1458 by the Turks. It was liberated in 1828. Immense forests, picturesque villages, wild nature but also sea with marvellous beaches in the seasides compose the natural environment of Arkadia. After Argolida, following the coastal road, the first village of the Kynourian land to be met is the picturesque Xiropigado with taverns where you can enjoy fresh fish by the sea. It combines mountain and sea, green and blue landscape, built by the seashore in the centre of the Argolic gulf. To the western side it dominates imposingly the mountain range Zavitsa. The clear blue sea, mirror of the wonderful beach with pebble, invites you to enjoy the sun and swimming, whereas a little farther they are hidden small ports and beaches for solitary and romantic walks. The road from Xeropigado leads to Astros. Its name is after the star shape of the peninsula where it is built on. Here, in 1823 the Second National Assembly of Greeks took place. You can visit the Archaeological Museum with findings from the villa of Herodes Attikos and the monastery of Metamorfossi of Sotiras Loukous built in the 12th century on the ruins of the sanctuary of Polemokrates. The courtyard of the monastery is decorated with sculptured works from the villa of Herodes Attikos. Paralio Astros (Astros by the sea) is a picturesque village in islander’s style, built amphitheatrically. At the top of the peninsula there is an acropole and to the northwestern side of it ancient walls. The white houses of the village are spread near the clear beach 8 km. long. In Paralio Astros there is an open theater during summertime where cultural and artistical festivities take place. The journey from Paralio Astros as far as Tyros is of unique beauty. To the right there are standing high up green mountains and to the left enchanting small bays and beaches among the vilages known for their fresh fish. The beach of Tyros, is 2 km. long, with clean pebble. From Tyros you can visit Sapounakeika and Ano Tyros that are traditional settlements with marvellous view to Argolic gulf. In the region they are located the archaeological sites of Kastro, the sanctuary of Apollo Tyritas and the castle of Oriondas. A picturesque by the sea country town is also Leonidio, 93 km. southeast of Tripoli built in the fertile valley of the river Dafnonas. Mansions with courtyards, gardens, wooden floors, carved ceilings, symmetrical windows, decorated gates of courtyards and artistically made chimneys, all these compose the Tsakoniki architecture offered to the visitor. Easter is celebrated in Leonidio in an extraordinary way. In the night of Resurrection multi-coloured baloons made by the people themselves are lifted up in the sky. Every summer the municipality of Leonidio organizes the celebration of the tsakoniki aubergine while it takes place contest of traditional cooking as well. Port serving to Leonidio is Plaka in a distance of 4 km., with its wonderful small port. Very close to Leonidio it is situated the picturesque village Sambatiki known for its fresh fish with clear blue sea ideal for calm vacations. On the foot of Parnonas, 37 km. southeast of Tripoli it is located the mountainous village Aghios Petros in a green environment. It is worthwhile to visit the church of St. Petros in the square, the monastery of Panaghia Malevi built in byzantine period as well as the forest of cedars near the monastery. Following the road, in the centre of Parnonas you will meet the picturesque village Aghios Ioannis with rich vegetation in an altitude of 650 m. 75 km. southeast of Tripoli it is situated the traditional mountainous village Kastanitsa, a preservable settlement in a location full of firs and chestnut-trees in the centre of Parnonas. Levidi, historical country town of Arkadia, is built in the mountainside of Maenalo with luxurian vegetation in an altitude of 850 m., in a distance of 25 km. northwards of Tripoli. In the village, homeland of the politician and sociologist Alexander Papanastassiou, there is a museum with personal objects of the father of Democracy. The marble statue of the hero of the battle of Levidi (14/4/1821) Anagnostis Striftombolas, a masterpiece of expressive concept and sculptured art, decorates the square of Levidi. You can also visit the byzantine church of Timios Prodromos. One of the most beautiful, traditional, preservable villages of Peloponnese is Dimitsana, built amphitheatrically in two hills, in an altitude of 1.000m. in the magnificent Maenalo with view to the river Loussios. Its stone-built houses appear from the stone-paved narrow streets and among them it is the house of Palaeon Patron Germanos that houses the Ecclessiastical Museum as well as that one of Patriarch Gregorios the Fifth. In the library of the village they are kept rare editions, archaeological and popular art collection too. You will be enchanted walking along the banks of the river Loussios where Zeus had washed himself as well as going to the ravine with the outdoors Museum of Hydro-movement. Also in the banks of the river Loussios, in a ravine it is located the monastery of Philosophos, dedicated to the Kimissi of Theotokos (Assumption of Virgin Mary).


Menalos ski center is situated in the heart of Peloponese, in the beautiful and historic Arcadia. You will find it in a magnificent landscape, in Ostrakina (1600m height.). Mountain Menalos has been internationally awarded for its natural beauties.
In this dreamy area, 162 km form Athens and 30 km from Tripoli the lovers of ski - and not only - will have the time of their life.

Menalos, the closest ski center to the capital, remained closed for years. In 2004 Klaoudatos company took over the operation of the center.
Now that the renovation is completed, visitors can enjoy their favorite sport in one of the five runs.
There is a snowboard park, a special run for bikes (giant motorcycles and sledges), snowmobiles and snow tubes. While for the most demanding there is a special run for jumps. This park is at the ski center entrance. It is the favorite place for families with small children and those who love motor sports (cars and bikes).
The ski center has 4 trailing railways. 'Erato' ski run has a Snow Bar with magnificent view.
Also a chalet with a guesthouse, cafeteria and a snack bar. For the beginners there is a ski school with trained ski teachers.


'Benos Farm' was founded recently at the north-eastern slides of Mount Menalon as a breeding ground for wild boars and hares. The farm primarily addressed organised teams (e.g. hunting associations) who deal with hunting and wanted to enrich the fauna of their region. However, rapidly there was a turn to the production of meat of wild boar addressing henceforth units of catering, hotels, shops, delicatessens, logistics companies, cooking chefs and others.

The meat of wild boar belongs to the category of red meats. Due to the small quantity of intramuscular fat the meat has a characteristic of intense red colour. This fact makes the meat harder and therefore requires a careful and particular way of cooking. The distinct flavour is a result of the nutrition with tubers and fruits of the forest. It can be found in forests with oak trees, chestnut trees and lammergeyer trees. It is omnivorous and its food consists of roots, tubers, various fruits, wrists and cones and especially acorns, chestnuts, mushrooms and other. The absolute freedom of movement and the nutrition of animals, in the most part, is with fruits of the forest, acorns, chestnuts, mushrooms, various tubers and roots, which have as result the production of an exceptional quality of meat with a distinct flavour.

In a forest with beeches, oaks, chestnut trees, where springs with crystal waters spurt from the ground, we leave the animals to grow easily, freely, in their natural habitat. Without the use of medicines, antibiotics and augmentative hormones. The use of synthetic medicines besides that is prohibited by regulation (EEC) 2092/91 on organic production, but mainly adheres to our general philosophy, which coincides with the sanitation of the animals, their well-being and the prevention of illnesses through the use of aromatic plants in their nutrition.

We ensure the sufficiency of food in the winter months with corn and barley from organic cultivations. We create protective areas for the sows and the piglets. We mainly protect the animals from their natural enemies and most of all from humans!

Kythira Island (Kithira)
The island of Kythira is part of the Ionian island group and is isolated at the foot of the Peloponnese, between the Ionian and the Aegean Seas. Kythira has an area of 284 square kilometres.

It is part of the Ionian Islands group and lies opposite the end of the Peloponnese. Most of the island square is mountainous but it has quite fertile valleys and green canyons. The island is located at 12.5 nautical miles from Kavo-Maleas.

The rugged terrain prevail winds coming from the sea; on the east coast, steep cliffs have been formed, interrupted by golden and isolated beaches; on the west side, huge rocks descend into the sea. 43 nautical miles of coastline are formed by many bays of diverse sizes and shapes.

In spite of the rocky terrain, most of the island is covered with rich vegetation and many olive trees. The sea surrounding Kythira is very rich, providing the inhabitants in fish and attracting a lot of professional and amateur fishermen.
The island has two main ports: Agia Pelagia and the new harbour of Diakofti.


Kythira is known as the Isle of the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite for mythology says that when

Cronus cut of Uranus’ genitals (his father) he threw them into the sea.
This rocks supposed to be the two rocks rising out of the sea, on the eastern coast of the island; Aphrodite raised from the foam formed by the genitals and re-emerged in Cyprus, so both islands haggle over the goddess’s birthplace.
Since the Second World War, most of Kythira’s inhabitants have left their island for Athens or Australia, that’s why many of its villages are deserted.
Kythira was never a rich island but it had once an economic and military power. Tourism, even quite low, has brought, today, a little prosperity to the island. Because tourism is still quite undeveloped, Kythira looks like a calm refuge, with astonishing deserted beaches and traditional life. The island has 3000 permanent residents who are divided into 13 communities and forming many villages settlements; it belongs to the administration of the prefecture of Piraeus.

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