Read our suggestions for your next trip to Epidaurus.
Visit the popular Palaia Epidavros [Old Epidaurus] and enjoy a stroll along the picturesque quay and the seafront. Visit the area’s gem, the Small Theatre of Epidaurus, where music performances take place in July. Book your accommodation here and try the delicious fish dishes served in the local tavernas.
Next, head to nearby Nisi, a small peninsula which juts out into the sea, and breaks the continuity of the long Palaia Epidavros beach line. Visit the remnants of the ancient Acropolis and the Roman Walls, the ruins of a palace and houses, the Doric-style columns of a temple, and the remains of Mycenaean graves, against the backdrop of the Saronic Gulf. Go for a hike out in the countryside early in the morning, starting from Palaia Epidavros harbour, or just before the sunset, if you prefer it. It’s a very pleasant 2 km walk.
Stop by Lygourio, a small village with traditional coffee houses, quaint little shops and a beautiful slab-paved square. It’s a must to eat here after you’ve watched an ancient theatre performance! Visit the Kotsiomiti Museum of Natural History, and then walk towards the village’s highest location where you can get a fine view of the ruins and the walls of the ancient town of Lissa.
Visit Agnountos Nunnery, which is a Byzantine monastery built in the 11th c. The main church is dedicated to the Dormition of Theotokos [the Assumption] and a feast is held each year on August 15th with hundreds of visitors coming from all over Greece. The nuns will offer you tasty loukoumi as a treat (a soft sweet that looks a bit like thick fruit jelly rolled in caster sugar).
Go Hiking across the forested Vothylas Ravine, near Nea Epidavros; it’s a lesser known area that all nature lovers will definitely enjoy crossing.
Diving in the ‘sunken city’ area, it’s considered to be the local Atlantis. The view of Methana volcano is impressive; you’ll enjoy swimming and snorkelling there. You can get fine underwater views of a part of the ancient city which got submerged after the volcanic explosion, very close to today’s shoreline. You’ll get a clear view of Mycenaean graves, amphorae and walls, even with the naked eye. In some parts, you can see the remains of the ancient pier. Swim over this very special seabed, as colourful fishes pass you by. Make sure you wear water shoes or flippers, as there are sea urchins on the seabed. It’ll be a fantastic experience!
Parapenting over Epidaurus or mountain / road biking, for a special aerial or terrestrial experience, as it suits your fancy.