Forming part of the Peloponnese, Argolis largely sprawls across the Argolid Peninsula to the south-west of Athens. It’s home to one of the first major Greek settlements, Mycenae, which dominated the region between 1500 to 1200 BC, as well as one of the longest continually inhabited towns in the world, Argos.
Things to do in Argolida
Whether you want to explore the first capital of modern Greece, drive spectacular coastal roads or delve into ancient history, Argolis offers all of this and more.
Explore Nafplion. Watched over by the 18th-century Palamidi Fortress, Nafplion is a charming Venetian port that offers magnificent views across the Argolic Gulf. Wander the narrow, paved streets lined with traditional tavernas and bars or stroll along the seaside Promenade of Arvanitia. Boat trips access the impressive islet fortress of Bourtzi, which was built by Antonio Gambello in 1471. Also not to miss is Nafplion’s oldest castle, the Akronafplia Fortress, which served as a political prison between 1936 and 1956.
Visit the archaeological site of Mycenae. One of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, Mycenae watches over a fertile plain in the north-east Peloponnese. Its excavated Grave Circle has revealed an abundance of burial treasures that are on display in the National Archaeological Museum. Be sure to marvel at the famed Lion Gate before exploring the remains of the citadel’s palace and Cyclopean walls.
See a performance at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. Considered one of the best-preserved theatres in Greece, this 15,000-capacity theatre boasts exceptional acoustics that are still enjoyed today. It dates from the 4th century BC when it was built near the ancient sanctuary of Asklepios, an important healing centre in the classical world. Admire the theatre’s architectural symmetry or coincide your visit with an ancient drama as part of the Epidavria Festival.
Getting around Argolida
Argolis is just over an hour's drive from Athens and 1.5 hours from Athens International Airport, which has flights to destinations across the globe. Buses connect to towns and villages throughout the region while renting a car is the most convenient way of exploring the peninsula.