Taking the tour to Argolis is much more than just crossing over to Peloponnese via the Corinth Canal and its breathtaking view. It’s a dive straight into mythical Greece, to the land of king Agamemnon, Mycenae, but also ancient Nemea, the world famous theater of Epidaurus, and a taste of the picturesque first capital of modern Greece, Nafplio.
It is truly remarkable how much history can fit into a single day, in a region that has been active since Neolithic times. During the Bronze Age, Mycenae was the superpower that controlled most of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea – in other words, most of the known world in the 2nd millennia BC.
Visiting the citadel of Mycenae, through the famous Lion’s Gate, takes us to the remains of the majestic palace of King Agamemnon, where he and his brother, King Menelaos of Sparta, organized the Trojan campaign.
Nearby Nemea is famous for the mythical (Nemean) lion that terrorized the land until the semi-godly hero Heracles killed it, as part of his infamous 12 Labors. In modern times, the region has become worldwide known for its wines, and especially the red variety Agiorgitiko.
Touring in Argolis cannot be complete without a visit to the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, perhaps the most recognized theatre of Greece. It is renowned for its acoustics, as ordinary words from the stage can be heard naturally by all 14,000 spectators.
And, for a bit of modern history, the tour makes a stop at Nafplio, a beautiful seaside city in the Argolic Gulf that was named the first capital of Greece after the independence from Ottoman rule in 1829. A most charming town, overlooked by the imposing Palamidi fortress, it offers an abundance of restaurants, shops and cafes and makes a perfect spot for a break.
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