In the Argolic Gulf, a natural extension of the Saronic Gulf, strewn with many small and larger islands and deserted islands, the shipping lines connecting the Peloponnese with Attica and the Aegean Sea were crossed from a very early historic date.
Crossroads of navigation, with testimonies of which the earliest dates back to the 9th millennium BC, the Argolic Gulf is an important link in the chain of the historical development of Greece. Every coast, every islet, every port has a story to tell from the navigators of the Bronze Age to the captains of the Greek fleet during the Revolutionary war, and all have left their permanent mark on the landscape of the Argolic Gulf.
Capital of the First Hellenic Republic in 1829, after the Greek Revolution of 1821, Nafplio is a city with great history throughout the centuries, since the Neolithic period. A stroll reveals a vibrant and picturesque beautiful center with neoclassical houses and Venetian buildings and cobbled streets. Bourtzi castle in the bay, the 999 steps to Palamidi fortress are two more signs that rich history is everywhere around us.
In a small bay of SE Argolida, we find the Prehistoric site of Frachthi cave, which had been inhabited from the Palaeolithic till the Neolithic period. Archaeological excavations brought to light an amazing discovery, the Obsidian (glass-like volcanic) stone from Milos.
Impressive, picturesque, traditional, romantic, quiet, protected, classy, historical… are some adjectives that may describe Hydra, the dry long island with a beautiful port town, 300 churches, 4 museums and 6 monasteries. Always inspires artists to paint and cinema stars to visit for peaceful holidays.
Mycenae was the Kingdom of mythical King Agamemnon, who led the Greeks to the Trojan War!
It is the most important palatial center of late bronze age, one of the major centers of Greek civilization, a military stronghold which dominated much of southern Greece, Crete, the Cyclades and the east. The period of Greek history 1600 BC to 1100 BC is called Mycenaean in reference.
An unusual aspect of Spetses is that no private automobiles are allowed within the town limits. The most common modes of transport are walking, horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, mopeds, and motorcycles.
Trails encircle the island and total about 25 to 30 km. Beaches closest to the town of Spetses include Ayios Mamas in the center of town; and Kaíki (previously College) beach 1 kilometre (0.6 miles) to the northwest and Ayia Marina 2 kilometres (1 mile) to the south, both of which offer water-sports.
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