Our complex Maria’s Filoxenia Suites is at the centre, among the internationally known archaelogical sites and popular touristic resorts of Argolis and the islands of Argosaronikos Strand.
- The Ancient Theatre of Epidavros – 20 km of distance
The Ancient Theater of Epidaurus is considered the greatest ancient Greek theater in terms of acoustics and aesthetics. Its capacity is 13,000 spectactors and is located in the area of Epidaurus Asklepios, just 14 km from the village Lygourio. The theater, a strong element of the ancient Greek religion, was built in the late fourth century BC on the slopes of Kynortyou to entertain the patients of Asklepios. It operated for several centuries and in 395 AD Goths invasion of the Peloponnese caused serius damage to Asklepion. In 426 AD Theodosius the Great, prohibits the operation of Asklepios and the temple of Epidaurus finally closes after nearly 1,000 years. Natural disasters and human interventions complete devastation of the area. The ancient theater was revealed after excavations were conducted archaeologist P. Kavadias, under the auspices of the Athens Archaeological Society during the period 1870-1926. A few years later, in 1938, the first performance (Electra of Sophocles) took place at the ancient theater of Epidaurus. The performances were ceased during the Second World War and in the early 50’s, the theater was restored and made to fit a large number of spectactors. Finally, in 1955, the Epidaurus Festival, which includes performances every summer, was launched. It is worth mentioning that some of the greatest Greek and foreign actors have had the honor of performing at the ancient theater of Epidaurus. Wandering inside the theater the visitors will be enchanted by the sights and monuments of the temple of Asklepios (375 BC) on the north slope of the hill, the temple of Apollo Maleata 4th century BC, the Enkoimeterion or Avaton, the patients hall, the mysterius circular structure Dome and the temples of Aphrodite, Artemis and Themis, most of which are under maintenance and restoration.
- The Ancient site in Mycenae – 15 km of distance
Mycenae is about 150km from Athens. You may take the Athens-Tripoli highway and follow the sign to Argos-Nafplio. Just before Nafplio, follow the sign to Mycenae. The hill of Mycenae has been populated ever since 2500 BC. In no other time did it prosper so much as in the Late Bronze Age (1600-1110) BC, when the Mycenaean civilization flourished. According to legend, Mycenae was founded by Perseus, the son of Zeus and Danae, also founder of the first royal dynasty of Mycenae. The Pelopid dynasty followed, Atreus being the first king and his son Agamemnon his successor. Agamemnon, ”King of many men”, was the one who leaded the Greek people in the war against Troy. The citadel of Mycenae was situated at a strategic spot and was well guarded by both natural and artificial fortifications.Thanks to its position, the city could control and regulate the trade with southern Greece, Asia Minor, Cyprus and Egypt. As a result the kings of Mycenae became very rich and powerful. Mycenae was built by the legendary Cyclops. The cyclopean walls of Mycenae, as we see them today, were built in three phases. It was around 1350 BC that the first walls were constructed including only the highest part of the hill. Around 1250 BC the Lion Gate was built and the walls were extended to a large degree. In 1200 BC the final extension of the walls at the northeastern end of Mycenae enclosed inside the citadel the subterranean well that supplied it with water. The walls thus extended helped make the citadel big and large, with a great defense system. This allowed the people of Mycenae to develop an outstanding transportation network and thrive in commerce. The city reached its peak in the mid 14th century BC. In the 11th century BC the city declines, yet it’s not completely abandoned. The destruction of the state of Hittites, who were the only to possess the knowledge of iron working from as early as the 17th century BC, together with a loss of the Egyptian market, started shaking Mycenae’s power. The city’s destruction was finally accomplished by the Herakleid dynasty. Of the once all powerful citadel there was nothing left but a small settlement. In 468 BC Mycenae was destroyed by the Argeioi. It was rebuilt in the 3rd century BC, but was soon abandoned a new. In the 2nd century AD Pausanias found the city deserted, with most of its buildings half covered in dust. The first excavations in the city will take place soon after the liberation of Greece from the Turks.
- The Ancient Theatre of Argos – 12 km of distance
With a capacity of 20,000 seats approximately, it counts among the largest ancient theatres in Greece. Nestling in the southeastern side of the castle hill, so as to be linked to the agora, it overlooked the ancient city and was visible from the Argolic gulf. Preexisting small sanctuaries interspersed on the same spot, including those of the Dioskouroi and Zeus Eubouleus, remained untouched during construction of the monument. Built during the Hellenistic period, in the early third century BC, it replaced the oldest theatre of the town, which lied about 100m to the south and was built in the fifth century BC, probably in order to host music and drama contests during the Panhellenic Nemean games, which were then transferred definitively to the town of Argos from the sanctuary of Zeus in Nemea, almost simultaneously, the Heraian games were also transferred to Argos. According to evidence, the oldest Nemean competition taking place in the theatre of Argos in 205 BC involved quitar players and singers. The monument also hosted political conferences, such as the regular Sessions of the Achaian Sympoliteia (League) during the second century BC. The huge cavea of the theatre for the greatest part hewn from the rock, is divided by two diazomata (landings) into three horizontal sections and by staircases into four cunei, corresponding to the tribes of Argos. The central section contains 83 rows of seats carved into the rock, additional tiers on both sides are fixed on artificial dykes retained by isodomic walls of unequal measure. Initially circular (26m in diameter), the orchestra was also to the largest part hewn from the rock, its centre featured two embossed reliefs, a circle and two tangent lines for the guidance of the chorus: a circular movement for the dithyrambs and a straight movement in tragedies and comedies. The Charonian stairway, an underground passage that linked the orchestra to the locker rooms, facilitated the appearance of the dead and the chthonic deities during performances. The initial scenic building was built of elaborate limestone. It consisted of the proscenium or front of scene (24.40 x 2.50m), internally decorated with an Ionic colonnade, of the scene above the locker rooms situated on ground level and of a portico with a Doric colonnade at the front (24 x 5.60m). The monument was remodelled during the Roman period (second century AD, in particular), in the reign of Emperor Hadrian. It hence hosted various celebrations (Sebasteia festivals, celebrations introduced by Titus, Trajan games, Antinoian games), as well as mock hunts of wild animals or gladiatorial combat, this resulted in the transformation of both the orchestra and the scene. In the first half of the second century BC, the brick scenic building extended to the west, covering part of the orchestra. The proscenium was changed into a two – storey logeio (platform) with marble overlays, adorned with Corinthian colonnades mosaics and statues in niches. A buckram covered part of the cavea for the protection of spectators of the sun, for their safety during recreations, a net was placed in front of the proedria (seats of honour), both were pitched in rock cavities. In the third century AD was added a tribune with three marble seats for distinguished spectators, such as the representative of the Emperor or the organizing entertainers, and in the fourth century AD, the orchestra acquired an artificial lake for water sports and mock naval battles. The theatre was definitively abandoned in the late fourth century AD. The monument remained visible for the next centuries, mentioned by almost all travellers and often presented in drawings. It was re – used on the 15th of July 1829, during the 4th National Assembly of the modern Greek state organized by I. Kapodistrias. Excavations conducted by the French School at Athens in the following years 1890, 1930, 1954-56, 1981-82 and 1986- 87, while 2004 was the year of completion for fixing, restoration and conservation. Today, the theatre houses occasionally a variety of cultural events.
- The Nea Tiryns Acropole – 8 km of distance
The low hill of Tirynth, in the 8km kilometer of road Argos – Nafplio was continuously inhabited from the Neolithic Age to Late Antiquity. In prehistoric times, the area flourished mainly during the early and late Bronze Age. In the second phase of EH era (2700 – 2200 BC) a major centre with dense population and a unique construction circular building, 27 meters in diameter, must have been here on top of the hill. During the late Bronze Age, Tiryns fortified hill gradually and surrounds within the ”Cyclopean” walls of the palace complex and other buildings used primarily by the ruling class as places of worship, warehouses and workshops as well as residences. In historical times, Tiryns, although it should have been in the form of an organized political community, could not compete with Argos, which destroyed it, in the first half of the 5th century, exiling its inhabitants. Pausanias, who visited Tiryns the 2nd century AD, found it deserted. During the Byzantine era in Upper Acropolis a funerary temple was founded and possibly a small class settlement in the west of the Acropolis. The end of the small longer settlement must be connected with the conquest of Argos from the Turks in 1379 AD. In Venetian sources, Tirynth was referred to as Napoli vecchio, while the name Tirynth was given again in the modern era replacing the usual name ”Paleocastro” (old castle). The investigations of the German Archaeological Institute and the Greek Archaeological Service from 1876 to present times, have unearthed major Mycenaean citadels, tracking stages of the culture of prehistoric and historic periods of Argolida prefecture. After the pioneers Heinrich Schliemann and Wilhelm Dorpfeld (1884 – 1885), the area was investigated in the first half of the twentieth century, by Georg Karo and Kurt Muller. In the late 1950s, the Curator of Antiquities of Argolidos, Verdelis Nikolaos, undertook the restoration project on the west side of the fortifications which had collapsed and covered by the debris of old excavations. After 1967, the excavations conferred again in German Archaeological Institute, under the supervision of Ulf Jantzen, Jorg Schofer, Klaus Kilian and Joseph Maran continual research, including the Lower Citadel and the Lower City. At the same time, excavations are undertaken by the local Conservation Unity of Antiquity both at visited archaeological sites and regions. The discovery of the excavations of a monument protected for centuries under the soil and long-term exposure without maintenance care to weather conditions and the actions of visitors caused significant damage to the archaeological site. Through actions of D Conservation Unit of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquity Items, compentent service of the Ministry of Culture and the direct support of the Peloponnesian Region, the monument were included in projects funded by the Second and Third Community Support Framework. The participation of the German Archaeological Institute which funded the last decade studies of German Architect Jan Martin Klessing implemented in Tirynth, was funded. During this time, a large number of collaborators (archaeologists, designers, skilled and unskilled workers) participated in the program of upgrading one of the most important archaeological sites of the Argolida which is included in the list of monuments of world heritage of Unesco. Besides the responsibility of the Directorate of Restoration of Ancient Monuments, Ministry of Culture implemented modelling works for the archaeological site, open to visit, which now includes organized routes, buildings convenience, new entrance and parking. The Western Bastion is an outstanding achievement of Mycenaean architecture with a clear defensive character. The western staircase is protected by a bastion creating a sickle extension of the wall of the third phase. This section of the wall is the only one with curved outline. The maximun width is 7m the curved section of the wall begins in the south at the height of the large yard and ends at the north tower which existed already in the second phase of the wall. The walls bounding the citadel of Tirynth were built in three main construction phases and fortified gradually whole hill from the south-highest to lowest north-sixes. Red and gray limestone found abundant both on the same hill as the hill of Prophet Elias east of the citadel were used as a building material. The size of the boulders which were mainly used for the walls of the third phase caused wonder and admiration to antiquity, which is directly reflected in the myth of the Cyclops. The boulders weigh several tonnes justifying the view of Pausanias (II, 25, 7-9) that neither pair of mules was able to move the smallest of them. On the north and lowest elevation of the hill of Tirynth, the Lower Acropolis was fortified for the first time in the early 13th century BC (HR IIIV1). The fortification was replaced in the third phase of construction of the wall in the 13th century (Late Helladic IIIB2) by a strong wall thickness up to 7m below the natural contours of the hill extending south to the intersection with the fortification of the Middle and Upper Acropolis. The Lower Acropolis connected through northern extension of the runway (50) with the Upper Cidatel, but it also has two of its own access. A small entrance at the bend of the western side of the wall between the middle and lower citadel which was closed with a gate as traces of the hinges on the monolith thresold evidenced and an opening in the top of the north wall untracked for a door. This opening is protected by a guardhouse on the eastern side of the wall which was much higher than the external level and the access to it must have been made possible with portable wooden scale. On the contrary, the entrance on the west side leads to an open stone staircase. In the second half of the 13th century BC (Late Helladic IIIB2) after the completion of the fortifications, a huge construction activity grows, destroying the interference of the remains of earlier Mycenaean periods and Middle Helladic. The lower acropolis is formed into terraces and is built with a single plan. The buildings lined up along the walls are seperated from the open walkways running north-south. A main road leads from the north gate to the south of Lower Acropolis and is associated with the runway (50) leading to the Upper Citadel. Overall, ten building complexes were investigated (buildings I-X), which served as homes and also as laboratory facilities for the processing of metals and precious materials. Similar use is witnessed for rooms inside the wall. East of the gate that connects the courtyard 30 with the courtyard of the building 29 of the east wing of the palace, a pit – depositor was investigated in 1926, the so – called cesspit, which contained mainly pottery and a few metal objects. The oldest finds date back to the Late Geometric period and the newer around 650 BC, despite the fact that the majority of the offerings belong chronologically to the end of the geometric and sub – Geometric period. The quality of the findings, include the clay shields and masks which are displayed in Museum of Nafplio, and their preservation, where most findings are crushed before disposal and bear traces of secondary combustion, arguing for its status as tributes. It is very probable that some of them were hung in a sacred space while others served for rituals probably at an altar space. The finding of the cesspit was associated for these reasons with the retrofit of the altar at the high court and with the elongated building that covers the eastern part of the grate palace of the Mycenaean era. So, it was considered that this building was a temple of the Geometric period, established at the Mycenaean Palace where people worshipped the goddness Hera. Unfortunately, the full revelation of this building ever since Schliemann period has deprived research from valuable archaeological evidence that could give a definitive answer to the still open question of the use and the dating of the building.
- The Ancient Asini Acropole – 1.5 km distance
Kastraki or Citadel of Ancient Assini, next to Tolo, on a hill – cape of 52m and a length of 330 m. From the 5th millennium BC up to about 600 AC, the citadel was continuously inhabited, but the first citation to Assini was made by Homer (B 560), indicating that Argos, Tiryns, Epidaurus and other cities of Argolida participated in the Trojan war with a large number of ships (80 ships). The first excavations of the Acropolis and Lower Town were accomplished by the Swedish Archaeological Expedition (1922 – 1930) and continued in the 1970s by D Conservation Unity of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquity and the Swedish Institute in Athens. The construction of surviving the Acropolis walls until today dated possibly during 300 BC by the King of Macedonia, Demetrius ”The Besieger”. They have two main entrances – gates. The main gate is conveniently located on the north side, while the secondary on the east. The wall was repaired during both the Early Byzantine Period and during the second Venetian Occupation. Furthermore, during the Italian Occupation, fortifications were erected on the Acropolis. The life cycle of the Acropolis is direclty interwoven with the surrounding area and in particular with the position ”Hill Barbuna”,which was a large Mycenaean cemetery. In the graves many offerings were found, which reinforces the view that Assini communicated with the cities of the Aegean, Crete and probably Cyprus. The discovery of shipwrecks of Mycenaean era at Iria (area near Assini) confirms the previous speculation. The late Geometric period found (8th century BC) Assini flourishing, developing trade with Athens, Cyclades and southern Peloponnese. During the next century, the decline of Assini begins, which will last several centuries and the inhabitants migrate to Assini of Messinia (Koroni). In the 3rd century, a period of Assini’s recovery commences. The excavation efforts have revealed valuable findings that era, such as tanks, houses, mill etc. The dwelling of the Acropolis continued certainly until about the 7th century AD, as finds in the Lower town certify the existence of life these centuries. At the archaeological excavations of the Lower City is a small chapel dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Many of the finds from the excavations of Assini are on display in Sweden museums particularly from the excavations of 1920, while others exhibited in the Archaeological Museum of Nafplio. Finally, it should be noted that among other findings, there was a Mycenaean clay head called ”King of Assini”. The statue was the inspiration for Nobel laureate poet George Seferis creating the poem, which made Assini globally famous.
- The Venetian castle in Nafplio (Palamidi) – 7 km of distance
The fort of the Palamidi, which has been preserved in excellent condition, is one of the greatest achievements of Venetian fortification architecture. The hill of Palamidi, which takes its name form the Homeric hero Palamidis, does not seem to have been systematically, fortified until the second Venetian occupation. The construction of the fort was basically carried out during the time Venetian General Superintendent of the fleet, Agostino Sagredo, from 1711 to 1714, marking the fort not only as a major feat in terms of its fortifications, but also in terms of the speed with which it was constructed. The engineers Giaxich and Lasalle designed a fort that was based on a system of mutually supporting and mutually defending bastions, which are built one above the other on a east – west axis and are connected to each other by a wall. The total of eight bastions are self contained so that if one of them was breached, the rest could continue their defence. The central bastion of Aghios Andreas was the main headquarters and was the best equipped. The chapel of Aghios Andreas is located here. It was originally consecrated to St Gerardo, the patron saint of the Sagredo family. It should be noted that the names of the bastions changed according to the occupants of the fort. Apart from the bastion of Aghios Andreas, the Venetians also built : the bastions of Leonidas and Miltiadis to the north, Robert to the northwest, Themistocles to the south and Achilles to the east. The bastion of Epameinondas was completed during the time of the Turkish occupation, Christians were not allowed to enter the fort. It was from the Palamidi that the liberation of the city from the Turks began, after a long siege. On the night of 29th November 1822, a unit of Greek rebels, led by Staikos Staikopoulos, launched a surprise attack and seized the Palamidi. Dimitrios Moschonisiotis was the first to set foot inside the fort from the bastion of Achilles. At noon on 30th November, once the debris had been hastily cleared away from the abandoned chapel, which had been consecrated to St Gerardo, a service of thanks and praise was held and the chapel has since then been consecrated to the Apostle Andreas, as his feast day is celebrated on this day, the day Nauplion became Greek. From then on, every year on this date the liberation of the city is celebrated with a service in this historic chapel. Not only was the Palamidi a great fortress, it was also the site of a dismal prison. In 1833, during the time of the regency, when King Otto was still a minor, one of the leaders of the revolution, Theodoros Kolokotronis, was imprisoned here on the supposed charge of high treason. The Miltiadis bastion, one of the largest, was converted into a prison for serious criminals in around 1840 and it remained in operation until around 1926. The Aghios Andreas bastion was also used as a prison, but conditions here were somewhat better. Today, the fort can be accessed either by the road which terminates at the eastern gate or by the famous steps which are located on the western side to the east of the Grimani bastion. These steps are traditionally supposed to number 999, the thousandth having been destroyed by Kolokotronis’ horse. However, in reality there are less and they were contstructed during Otto’s reign by prisoners who were held in the Palamidi, under the supervision of the Bavarian army. From here there is an excellent view of the castle of the Acronauplia. Once in the fort one can see, among other things, the imposing bastions, the historic chapel of Aghios Andreas and the impressive water tanks, which even today are used to collect rainwater.
- The Venetian castle in Nafplio (Bourtzi) – 7 km of distance
The fort on the sea, which has remained known by its Turkish name ”Bourtzi”, meaning tower, has become Nauplio’s trademark. On this small island, which is in the middle of the city’s harbour, there was once a Byzantine church consecrated to Aghios Theodoros. The Venetians, having understood the strategic importance of this site for the protection of the port, built a tower on the rock in 1473. The Italian architect, Antonio Gambello, who had undertaken the building of the Castello di Toro, designedthe fort, which was then completed by the engineer Brancaleone. The fort was designed to fit the narrow shape of the island. The centre is taken up by a tower, in the shape of a rough hexagon, with covered cannon positions on either side at a lower level. The interior of the castle has three floors which were connected by moveable stairs for reasons of safety. Water was supplied from a large circular water tank that was located in the cellar, under the tower. There were entrances to the north and south. A small harbour was created on the north – eastern side to enable safer access to the fort. Between the fort and the sea wall there was a narrow passage, which could be closed with a chain to protect the port from enemy ships. The fort bears the signs of many alterations and repairs from different times. The Turks surrounded the fort with the so – called ”porporella”, in other words an undersea barricade of stones to make it impossible for large ships to approach. In the 18th century the Venetians proceeded with additions to the Bourtzi. They raised the height of the central tower and almost the entire island was covered with defensive positions. During the time of the Greek revolution, the Bourtzi was known as Casteli or Thalassopyrgos, sea tower. It was here for a short while in 1826 that the Greek goverment sought shelter, when the rebellious nation fell into civil strife. The Bourtzi was active as a fort until 1865. It then became the place of residence for the executioners who carried out the death sentences on the prisoners in the Palamidi. In 1935 it was turned into a hotel after alterations by the German architect Wulf Schaeffer. Today one can visit the Bourtzi by boat from the seafront.
Points of Interest
- The Acronauplia
The rocky peninsular of the Acronauplia comprised the walled settlement of Nauplion from ancient times until the end of the 15th century. The Acronauplia walls bear witness to its rich history, which it must be confessed, is a little difficult to follow, due to its long uninterrupted inhabitation. The current form of the castle, although quite changedby modern intervention, basically crystallised during the Frankish and first Venetian occupations from the 13th to 16th centuries. Evidence of pre – historic settlement has been found, and on the west side, a section of the ancient polygonal walls from the 4th century BC has survived. There are also remains of the walls from the Hellinistic and Byzantine periods. From 1210 – 1212, when the Franks invaded the city, they divided the Acronauplia into two enclosures that they called castles. More or less in the middle of the peninsular was the Castello dei Franchi, which was built to house the Frankish leaders and became the administrative and military headquarters of the city, while the Castello dei Greci, in the western sector, further up, was built for the Greeks. The Castello dei Greci must have existed during Byzantine times while the Castello dei Franchi must have been built a little later. The Franks built a wall between the two castles and a square tower in the middle of the hill, to control communication between them. In the eastern wall of the Frankish castle there was a gate protected by two circular towers and a triangular fort. This gate was decorated with interesting murals and became known as the ”Gate of peace”. During the Venetian occupation and more specifically in 1470 during the command of Vettore Pasqualigo, the Venetians, threatened by Turkish raids, proceeded with repairs and extensions to the fortifications of the Acronauplia, under the supervision an important engineer of the time, Antonio Gambello. One of the first and most important projects was the addition of a new enclosure, the so – called the Castello di Toro, below and to the east of the Castello dei Franchi. The name probably comes from the Italian word ”torrione”, which means a large tower adjoining the walls of a fort. The Castello di Toro is still in good condition today and after climbing the steps from the Catholic church, one can admire the imposing round tower with its crenellations, which protects the city gate, an excellent example of late renaissance style. Another work from the time was the so – called Traversa Gambello, which was designed to protect the Castello dei Franchi by the building of a second transverse wall between it and the Castello dei Greci. The gate between the two castles was reinforced with a polygonal bastion and a semi – circular wall with crenellations. During the years of the first Turkish occupation, there were only a few re – enforcements and additions made to the castle, which was known by the Turks as Ich – cale, in other words the interior castle. It was inhabited by ordinary citizens, Turks and Christians, as the officers’ residences had moved to the lower city. In 1686, when the Venetians seized the city from the Turks, they ordered that there was to be no habitation of the castle. Those who were resident there would be moved to the lower city, which had been created using artificial banks at the end of the 15th century. The Acronauplia was from then on only to be used by the military. In 1829, Ioannis Kapodistrias, the governor of Greece, created a large barracks and a military hospital on this site. In 1926, the infamous prison was transferred from the Palamidi and housed in the barracks created by Kapodistrias. In 1937 these prisons also became civil and operated there until about 1960. The demolition of the prisons began in 1970 – 71 in order to construct the ‘Xenia Palas’ hotel, which involved the destruction of a large section of the walls and buildings of the Castello dei Greci. At the same time, Kapodistrias’ military hospital was also demolished. The only thing that remains of the hospital is the chapel of Aghii Anargiri. Today, one can visit The Acronauplia climbing east from Staikopoulos Park through Arvanitias square, or climb the steps from the Catholic church through the Castello di Toro.
- The Arvanitia Promenade
The Arvanitia Promenade, as it is characteristically known by local residents, is one of the most popular walks in Nauplion. It starts at the end of the shore and leads to Arvanitia Square, a total distance of about 1 kilometre. The whole of the route is dominated by the rock of the Acronauplia with its impressive walls. About half way through the walk one comes across a small church perched on the rocks, a favourite place to visit for residents and visitors alike. It is known locally as Panagitsa, Panaghia tis Spilias, or Santa Maria della Grotta to the Venetians. The view of the Gulf of Argolis from this spot is unique. The walk comes to an end in Arvanitia square. According to local tradition, this area was given the name of Arvanitia because it was from off these rocks that Kapetan – Pasha threw the Albanian mercenaries who had overrun the area in 1779. In reality, the name is due to the fact that Albanians had inhabited the area outside the walls and to the east of the Land Gate since before the time of the first Venetian occupation. Further down from the square there is an organized beach area, where one can go to relax, sunbathe and swim. Moving on from the square, one can continue walking to the east, along the foot of the Palamidi and reach the sands of Karathona, a total distance of about 2.7 kilometres. If one wants to return to the old town from the square, one should head downhill towards Staikopoulos Park and the Land Gate.
During your stay, it is worth visiting the picturesque islands of Hydra, Spetses and Poros. For those who love the sea, there is a daily cruise to Hydra and Spetses. Its starting point is the port of Tolo, which is at 2 km from our hotel. Whoever wishes to drive there, will arrive following a wonderful itinerary through traditional small villages and reading the signs.