Discover Eastern Peloponnese

The Area

Secluded & Connected

The private, luxurious and sheltered setting of Villa 10 can be difficult to leave but it would be a shame not to explore.

Keep within local range for – Beaches. Villages. Islands, Spas, Trendy Beach Clubs. Restaurants and Tavernas. And… Kilada’s own Palaeolithic Caves of Franchthi. All within 20 mins drive.

Adventure further for world famous places like The Ancient Theatre of Epidavros (45 mins drive), The Island Fortress of Monemvasia (2 1/2 hrs by boat). The fortress town of Nafplion (1 hr drive).

Engage with Mother Nature, her sea, her mountains, her forests, just outside the door.

Embrace the simple life… from the stylish comfort of No.10, fish for your supper, collect herbs for your salad. Buy produce from local farmers and artisan producers. Prepare meals slowly together and talk at length.

Shake up exercise regimes. Do something different in stunning surroundings. Amanzoe’s Pilates Studio, superbly equipped with wonderful atmosphere and views. Hike to the church at the top of the hill behind Villa 10. Take long sea swims in crystal clear calm seas. Cycle or run picturesque routes for serious training or gentle exercise.

Charter a RIB and whizz around to the local trendy spots or take a “Kaiki” and drop anchor in the secluded bays that abound on this coastline.

Dine in style at swish local restaurants or eat simple local food in any of the surrounding villages.

Whatever time of year – the spectacular landscape and history surrounding Villa No.10 rewards the traveller.

Explore by sea, by car, by foot, bicycle or helicopter. Near or far.

But do explore, there is a lot to discover.

Events

Throughout the year, a lot of festivals take place in the area. Those include:

  • July: A festival of Agro tourism that takes place in the harbor of Ancient Epidaurus
  • July: A music festival set in the Small Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
  • July – August: Ancient Drama festival that takes place in the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
  • September: The “Armata” Festival set in Spetses, on the second Saturday of September
  • October: The Mini Marathon & Swimming Race that takes place in Spetses.

 

Moments to discover

Sporty Moments

Hiking: coastal or mountain routes
Private Pilates Classes: Amanzoe
Private Yoga Classes: Amanzoe
Personal Trainer: Amanzoe
Cycling (Bikes for Hire Locally): flat speed routes, serious hill training or just pedaling around (http://why-n.gr/en)
Jogging Routes: along the coast road or through the valley
SUP – Paddle Boarding: around the bay
Snorkelling: in the deep waters of the bays rocky shore line (website)
Sea Swimming: in the bay
Beach-Volleyball: communal net at Lepitsa beach
Waterskiing: by appointment (website)
Fishing

Indulgent moments

Spa Day: at Amanzoe
Party Time: at Nikki Beach
Wine Tasting: at local vineyards
Private Dining: at the villa with a personal chef
Eating Out: simple tavernas or swish local restaurants
Spetses Classic Yacht Race: watch the elegant old classic boats compete
Lunch and Shopping: in Hydra
Dine and Dance: in the clubs and bars of Ermioni, Porto Heli and Spetses
Check out the small cool night club in Kilada
Yachting: Summerset Yachting (website)
Boat Charter

Lazy moments

The villa provides endless opportunities for taking it easy

Cultural moments

See above

Places to Discover

Kilada

If you are looking for a place to take you back in time, then you have found it. Kilada is the place-to-be for those who want to relax. The locals, mostly fishermen and craftsmen, are willing to show you the ancient techniques they use for boat building. Extra tip: Don’t forget to bring a camera! The turquoise water, the pine trees and the coves need to be captured.

The Franchthi Cave

Just across Kilada and Koronis Island, you will find Franchthi Cave, also known as the “Cave of Cyclops”. It is said to be standing there since the Paleolithic Age. During the night, when the cave becomes vivid with light, it certainly is something to be admired.

Kranidi

Situated on the top of a hill, Kranidi was one of the most important commercial centers during the previous century. In 1823, Kranidi was named the capital of Modern Greece for a short period of time. It is known for the beautiful neoclassical houses, the Folklore Museum and the numerous churches. Not far from the city, one can find the local stone olive mills. After all, this is why Kranidi is the capital of Ermioni.

Ermioni

Ermioni is a city with a great historical background, as it is said to have participated in the Trojan War, according to Homer. It is located on the hill of Pronos. There is a wide variety of restaurants and cafes in the area, where one can enjoy a cup of coffee or a drink along with the stunning view of the harbor. As fishermen lay their fishing nets there, one can say that the landscape is extremely picturesque. There are also numerous churches and monasteries open to public. Last but certainly not least, the splendid sandy beaches render the place an ideal destination for summer holidays. Some of them are: Pigadia, Petrothalasa, Kouverta, Metochi and Mpourloto.

Spetses

The island of Spetses attracts a great amount of tourists, especially during the summer. Lots of jet setters can be found among those visitors. The houses that used to belong to rich captains still remain intact and can be admired while walking through the picturesque alleys. The island is surrounded by beautiful beaches where you can enjoy swimming and sunbathing. Cars are not allowed, but you can use a bike, motorcycle or a horse-drawn carriage for your transportation. There are lots of cafes, bars and restaurants where you can relax and taste the exquisite local cuisine.

Hydra

Hydra is a small heaven for those who crave both the calmness of nature and a vivid social life. The numerous cafes, bars and restaurants offer you a wide variety of entertainment choices. The island is accessible through the sea and cars are not allowed under any circumstances. Get a donkey and ride through the picturesque alleys and you shall have a memorable experience.

Porto Heli

Built on top of the ancient city Aliis, Porto Heli is still a harbor of huge importance for Greece. The influx of tourists is increasing, as one can enjoy numerous activities in the area, not only leisure ones, but also sports activities, such as sailing and water ski. The remnants of the ancient city are nowadays an archaeological site. One can find peace just by enjoying the sunset and the crystal blue waters.

Caves of Didyma

On the northeast side of the area, one can find two caves, the “Small Cave” and the “Big Cave”. Inside the “Small Cave”, there are 2 small churches, the St George church and a tiny cave-like chapel of the Metamorphosis tou Sotira (Transfiguration of the Savior). The frescoes of those churches date back to the 13th century.

The Church of Agios Georgios or St. George

The church is built on the top of Mpardounia hill. There are numerous gold and silver icons of the 17th and 18th century. The church is of great importance, as it is one of the three basilicas with a dome in Greece.

The Byzantine Monastery of Avgo

The Byzantine Monastery of Avgo is situated on the north side of Didymoi village and on top of the Avgo Mountain. On the other side of the mountain lie the remnants of ancient and medieval cities.

Epidavros

Epidavros is undoubtedly the most famous ancient theatre around the globe. Not far from Kranidi, the theatre can host 12.000 people. The structure of the theatre offers excellent acoustics. Epidavria, a festival dedicated to ancient drama, has been taking place there during the summer since 1953. During the festival, one can enjoy not only Greek but also foreign theatrical performances, as well as classic music concerts.

Mycenae

The cradle of the Mycenaean civilization, one of the most important archaeological sites in the country, can be found within a short driving distance from Kranidi. Lots of objects that depict the everyday life and art of that era are exhibited in the Athens Archaeological museum. The Gate of Lions, the Mycenaean Acropolis, the Royal Tombs of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra as well the ruins of the ancient city are a small sample of the sites one can admire when visiting Mycenae. The walls that surround the city are known as “Cyclopean” due to their size. They were too big, so only Cyclops could carry them and put them around the city!

The St. Anargyron Monastery

Less than 1 Km away from the sea, the St Anargyroi Monastery, is a building of great historical and mythological importance. Asklepios, the ancient Greek god of medicine, used was said to use the hot springs of the area to heal his patients. One certainly has to pay the monastery a visit, in order to admire the hot springs, the works of art and the folklore art such as the olive mills, the looms and the wells.

The Canyon of Katafyki

For nature lovers, the Canyon of Katafyki is a landscape of rare beauty. It is famous for the Argolic Orchid that can only be found in this area as well as the rare species of migratory birds. It is situated between Ermioni and Fournoi.

Mystras

On the east side of Mountain Taigetos, 5 km far from Laconia, Mystras is a medieval fort and a world’s heritage center. Visit Mystras and take a closer look at the St Sophia’s Church, the Palace of Despotis as well as the numerous churches around the city.

Nafplio

Nafplio was the first capital of Greece and one of the most important harbors at the time. The city is full of neoclassical houses and narrow streets that take you back in time. Some of the sites you must visit when in Nafplio are: Bourtzi, a small island opposite Nafplio that served as a fort, the castle of Palamidi that has 999 stairs and Akronafplia. Nafplio also has a vivid nightlife throughout the whole year.

Vineyards

The Peloponnese is famous for its vineyards and as a result, the wide variety of selected wine. Mantinea and Nemea are the largest vineyards in the area. They are open to public, so you would be lucky enough to pay a visit, watch the wine production procedure and of course, taste some excellent wine.

Olive Mills

Argolis is known for the production of virgin olive oil. One can visit the local olive mills and find out more about the traditional techniques locals use to produce olive oil. You can also purchase from the locals some of this “green gold” – the olive oil.

 

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