Sights in Ermioni

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For lovers of exploration, Ermioni has many attractions ...

Starting from the Monastery of Agioi Anargyroi – at a 2 km distance from Ermioni – the visitor will admire the Byzantine icons and will have the opportunity to drink water from the cistern. Caves that were created in the rocks by the passage of time, dense vegetation and a small bridge that leads to the pinewoods with the running waters will compensate the explorer. In Franchthi Cave, which is located in Koilada village, west of Kranidi, access is possible on foot and by sea. Inside the cave, human and animal skeletons were found, as well as everyday objects from the Neolithic Age.

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Franchthi cave

Franchthi cave is located on the northern side of Koiladha Bay in the southwestern Argolid. It was occupied during the Upper Palaeolithic (40-10,000 B.C.), Mesolithic (9-7,000 B.C.) and Neolithic periods (7-3,000 B.C.).

During the Palaeolithic and Mesolithic, the cave was inhabited seasonally by mobile hunter-gatherers and fishermen who used tools made of hard and sharp stones such as flint and obsidian. The Mesolithic is an important period in the history of the site marked by key social and economic changes. These included organised burials, open water seafaring and intensive fishing.

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The Monastery of St Demetrios Aygou

Over the plains of the region of “Iria”, on the north of the mountain “Aygo” or “the Egg”, probably owing to its shape or some technique for ground measurements, lies the monastery, closely knit with the river “Rados”, which can be sailed, should one wish to reach the monastery from its liquid route.

Alternatively, the route is through the village, called “Pelei”, which as in the first case point, it leads to a rugged gravel road, straight to the sanctuary. Much has been said, rumors have been cast, and stories have been woven by locals, who have propagated with the passage of time, regarding both the steepness of the place as well as its nickname, “Aygo”.

Initially, it has been alleged that the decision for the church’s erection had been made for another area, yet, St. Demetrios, himself had designated the current position as the orthodox one. Construction workers given the green light to assemble in the former place would see their tools mysteriously transported to the latter, divinely determined one.

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Ruins of the ancient city of Allieis

It is the most important attraction, located on the south side of the bay, in the direction of Costa. Archaeological excavations were conducted periodically since the early 20th century, most of which were conducted by Americans in 1962.

During the excavations important findings were brought to light, such as ancient temples, a stadium and many brick and clay utilitarian objects. The remains of the ancient walled port and sunken colonnade of the temple of Apollo are still visible in the shallows of the water.

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Ververontas Lagoon

It is located northwest of Porto Heli and according to tradition the bay was a favourite refuge for pirates. Many locals believe the waters are therapeutic.