Top 10 attractions

No. 1 - Mycenae

No matter how much you have already heard about Mycenae, it can’t compare to an actual visit to the site. The Acropolis of Mycenae was built on a rocky spot between two high cone-shaped hills, Profitis Elias and Sara, a location of great strategic importance. According to mythology, the citadel was founded by Perseus, son of Zeus and Danae. After the triumph of Troy, Agamemnon, son of Atreus, united all Greeks that took part in the war under his sword and made Mycenae the most important city of its time. Just imagine, you can set foot on the same ground that was once walked by the “Best of Men”, according to Homer. 

Important Findings: 
The Lion Gate, the majestic Cyclop Walls, the Palace, the residences, the Minoan style decorative mosaics of an earlier period, the remains of Grave Circle A and Grave Circle B, the Tomb of Clytemnestra, the Tomb of Aegisthus, the Underground Cistern, the North Gate, the Treasury of Atreus where numerous golden artifacts were found, including the well known Atreus Death Mask. 

Don’t Miss:
The site’s museum 

Information: 
Mycenae Archaeological Site, Mycenae, 212 00, Argolida

Telephone: 
(+30) 2751076585, 76802 

Visiting Hours: 
Winter: 08:00-15:00 / Summer: 08:00-19:00 

Entrance Fee: 
Full Price: €8, Reduced Price: €4 (the ticket is valid for the whole site: Acropolis, Museum, Atreus Treasury)

Free Entrance: 
March 6th (Melina Mercouri Memorial Day), June 5th (International Environment Day), April 18th (International Monuments Day), Last W/E of September (European Cultural Heritage Days), October 28th, Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st

No. 2 - Epidaurus Theater

Whether you’ re in the area for a swim or to watch a performance, you must explore the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus and add some “drama” to your experience. It’s renowned for its amazing acoustics, the perfect harmony of its features that blend with the surroundings, and it’s considered to be the world’s most ravishing stone sound amplifier. It was built on the west side of Mount Kinortio by Polycleitus in the 4th century B.C. The Epidaurus Festival was established in 1955 and, from then on, great Greek and international actors are giving spectacular performances in this sacred place, every summer. It’ s the shrine of ancient tragedy that echoes the grandeur of the past to today’s great performances.  

Don’t Miss:
A summer play

Information:
Asclepion of Epidaurus Ancient Theater, Ligourio, 210 52, Argolida 


Telephone:
(+30) 2753022009


Visiting Hours:
Winter: 08:00-15:00 (November to March) / Summer: 08:00-19:00 (April 2015), 08:00-20:00 (May to October) Special Hours: 12:00-17:00 Good Friday (April 10th), 08:00-15:00 Holy Saturday (April 11th), 09:00-16:00 Sunday, July 5th 2015

Entrance Fee: Full Price:  €6, Reduced Price: €3
Free Entrance: March 6th (Melina Mercouri Memorial Day), April 18th (International Monuments Day), June 5th (International Environment Day), Last W/E of September (European Cultural Heritage Days), October 28th, Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st

No. 3 - Corinth Canal

If you want to enjoy the sight of the Saronic Gulf meeting the Corintian Gulf, at a point where history has been written, then you must make a stop at the Corinth Canal. It’s one of the most strategic locations of Ancient Greece and extremely important for the whole Eastern Mediterranean Region. The first to try to open the Isthmus was Periander, in 602 B.C., followed by the unsuccessful attempts of Julius Caesar, Caligula, and Nero. At last, the canal was opened in 1893, in order to facilitate transport, commerce, and other activities. It’s a rare sight that you won’t stop looking at. 

Don’t Miss:
The boat trip through the Canal

No. 4 - Palamidi

If you want to witness a special tradition that’s been admired for centuries, then the castle of Palamidi is waiting for you. It’s situated close to the center of Nafplio, on a 216 meters high hill, and it’s the best-preserved fortification complex of the Venetian Rule. It does have 999 steps, but each one is worth the effort in the end.

History:
It’s a typical sample of baroque fortification that was built in 1687 by the Venetians. It was named after the local hero Palamedes, son of Nauplius. The castle was under the rule of many and the last rulers were the Turks. The Turkish Occupation ended in 1822, when a small party of Greek warriors occupied the castle. Moreover, inside the fortress, you get to see the cell of Kolokotronis, a significant Greek General of the Greek Revolution, as well as the immured relief of the Venetian Lion, the famous symbol of St. Mark. 

Don’t miss:
The amazing view of Nafplio

Information:
Castle of Palamidi, Palamidi Hill, Nafplio, 211 00, Argolida
Telephone: (+30) 2752028036, 29864

The castle is accessible by car, as well as by foot from the city of Nafplio, though there are 999 stairs to climb. For 2015, visiting hours are 08:00-15:00 from November 1st to March 31st, 08:00-19:00 for the month of April, and 08:00-20:00 from May 1st to October 31st. Visiting hours also change on the following dates: Good Friday: 12:00-17:00, Holy Saturday: 08:00-15:00. Tickets: €4 full price/ €2 reduced price.

No. 5 - Ancient Assini

If you want a chance to get to know one of the most efficient marine powers of antiquity, then you have to visit Ancient Assini. Praised by Homer in his poems, as well as by the Greek poet Seferis, its glorious fame has travelled to the whole world. The citadel is situated on a strategic position and proves, along with the archaeological findings, a wave of culture in the area that’s sure to win you over. 

Important Findings: 
The Acropolis Walls, ruins of ancient buildings, vessels of the Early Helladic, Middle Helladic, Mycenaean, Geometric, Archaic, and Hellenistic Periods, the Barbouna Cemetery with numerous tombs of mythical heroes, grave goods that include artifacts, which indicate the commercial connections of Assini with other Aegean and Cretan cities. 

Don’t Miss:
The terracotta ceremonial mask of the Master of Assini at the Nafplion Archaeological Museum 

Information: 
Ancient Assini Archaeological Site, Assini, 211 00, Argolida 

Telephone: 
(+30) 2752058101, 27502

Free Entrance

No. 6 - Bourtzi

If pirates fascinate you, then you shouldn’t miss the chance to visit the Castle of Bourtzi. Discover this architectural masterpiece, with its high middle tower and the surrounding bastions, as well as the movable staircases. The stairs lead to its 3-stories, which are full of historic value. The castle is situated at the entrance of the port of Nafplio and it’s the city’s trademark for many reasons. One main reason is that it makes the most lasting impression, ever.  

History:
It was built in 1473 based on the design of the Italian architect Gambello and it’s a Venetian architectural complex that occupies the whole islet. Its elaborated stronghold played an important part in the 2nd Venetian rule, as well as during the Greek Revolution. 

Don’t Miss:
The boat ride to the islet

Information:
Castle of Bourtzi, Nafplio, 211 00, Argolida
Telephone: (+30) 2752028036

The castle is easily accessible from the city of Nafplio with small boats. The fare is €4

No. 7 - Tiryns

If you want to find yourself in an ancient city that’s full of antiquities and has attracted a worldwide interest, then you have to visit Tiryns. Its Acropolis is the first of the Mycenaean Era and it’s built on an 18 meter high rocky hill. This small citadel, which is recognized as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, was firstly inhabited in the Neolithic Age and kept flourishing for a long time. It’s a site that captures the spirit and takes you on a magical journey through history. 

Important Findings: 
The upper citadel with its Great Propylon on the east, the lower citadel with the Palace Chambers, the Promachon (bastion), the Staircase, the Galleries, the Residences, the Great Megaron (mansion), the big colonnaded Central Court, the Palace Baths.

Don’t Miss:
The site’s most important findings at the Nafplio Archaeological Museum

Information: 
Tiryns Archaeological Site, Tiryns, 211 00, Argolida

Telephone: 
(+30) 2752022657, 27520

Visiting Hours: 
Winter: 08:30-15:00 / Summer: 08:30-20:00

Entrance Fee: 
Full Price: €3, Reduced Price: €2

Free Entrance: 
6 March (Melina Mercouri Memorial Day), April 18th (International Monuments Day), May 18th (International Museums Day), June 5th (International Environment Day), October 28th, Every first Sunday from November 1st to March 31st

No. 8 - Nafplio Archaeological Museum

If you’re an inquiring personality that’s interested in archaeology, as well as in technology, then the Archaeological Museum of Nafplio is going to be your favorite place. It’s open since 1933 and it’s accommodated in one of the most important Venetian building structures of the city, which was built in 1717 during the second reign of the Venetians. The sites where the exhibits were found come to life in the numerous museums’ monitors, creating a combination of history and technology that will take you right to the core of Greek Antiquity. 

Important Exhibits:
A Paleolithic cluster of altars (hearths) from the Klissouras gorge rocks or boulders in Prosymna (32.000-21.000 B.C.)findings from the Mycenaean Period, artifacts from the Geometric and Archaic Periods, valuable vessels, figurines, ceramics, the unique Tirynth cooler, the Tomb of Ermioni, ceremonial heads of pigs, stone and bone tools, Linear B inscriptions, the Bronze Armor from Dendra (the only one in Greece), the Lord of Assini, the Panathenean Amphora. 

Don’t Miss:
The castle of Palamidi

Information: 
Nafplio Archeological Museum, Syntagma Square, Nafplio, 211 00, Argolida

Telephone: 
(+30) 2752027502 

Visiting Hours: 
Winter: Tuesday-Sunday: 8:30-15:00 / Summer: Tuesday-Sunday: 09:00-16:00, Monday: 12:00-16:00 

Entrance Fee: 
Full Price: €2, Reduced Price: €1 (for senior citizens over 65 years old), free entrance for students

No. 9 - The Lion of Bavarian

This is the famous Lion of the Bavarians, created in 1836 by the German sculptor Siegel, when King Ludovik, Othona’s father, asked him to build a monument to the soldiers of the Bavarian Kingdom who died of typhoid in 1833 to 1834.
The artist then carved into the rock a lion, like the one that was set up in the Swiss Lucerne, in memory of their compatriots killed in Paris during the French Revolution.

Don’t Miss:

Nafplio Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

 

No. 10 - Nafplio National Art Gallery

If you believe that Nafplio is picture-perfect, wait until you visit its Art Gallery. The gallery is accommodated in a neoclassical building and was founded in 2004, as a branch of the National Gallery – Alexandros Soutzos Museum in Athens. It was restored and equipped with the aid of the Public Welfare Institution “Aristotle Onassis” and it’s a wonderful opportunity for you to explore the artsy side of history. 

Important Exhibits:
The permanent exhibition titled “1821-Figures and Themes of the Greek Revolution” that includes works of art of Th. Vrizakis, N. Gyzis, N. Lytras and D. Tsokos, sculpted items of everyday use, armory of the fighters. 

Don’t Miss:
The charming streets of Nafplio 

Information:
Nafplio National Art Gallery, 23 Sidiras Merarchias St., Nafplio, 21100, Argolida

Telephone: 
(+30) 2752021915, 21935

Visiting Hours: 
Monday, Thursday, Saturday: 10:00-15:00 / Wednesday, Friday: 10:00-15:00 and 17:00-20:00 (the museum is closed on Tuesdays)

Entrance Fee: 
Full Price: €3, Reduced Price: €1.50

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