Sites (and Sights!) Between Athens and Nafplio

We will be in the area of Mycenae, Epidavros, Argos, Tiryns, and others I'm sure I'm missing. We will already have been in Athens, and we will be going to Nemea, Nafplio, Delphi, Monemvasia, and some Cyclades Islands. We will probably skip Corinth, in favor of going to Nemea. (Just trying to give you a sense for what other kinds of sights/sites we will see.)

We have 2 days (separated by 4 days) to do this. So, on a Monday (which is relevant, since the Nemea museum is closed on Mondays), on our way from Athens to Nafplio, we will see the submersible bridge at the Corinth Canal and then go to one or maybe two sites. On our return, which will be the following Saturday, we will leave Nafplio and visit Ancient Nemea (ruins and the museum, both with a guide) and tour the Pavilou Estate Winery. We're thinking of leaving Nafplio 10:00ish to see those sites and in order to be back in Athens 4:00ish.

So, my question is this:

Please make your case for one or maybe two of the sites for us to visit, on the Monday, on our way between Athens and Nafplio. We are not of the mind that we have to see everything just so we can say that we did, so we're looking for things that are unique instead of "just another ruin". We will leave Athens 9:00ish, and we would like to get to Nafplio 3:00ish.

We are a family of 5, including our 3 young adult "kids" (22, 18, 18). And, we will have a rental car.

Thoughts?

Thanks!

Leslie

Posted by janet
Philadelphia, PA, USA
666 posts

The only site (sight) on the way to Nafplio after Corinth, really is Nemea … virtually all the historic sites/museums are closed on Monday. So, you take an hour to get to Corinth, stop & see the bridge etc, and get to Nafplio at NOON. What's wrong with that?? You take the entire afternoon to explore "Old Town", have a late=day swim in cute/stony Arvanita beach, go to the seafront & the marquee-tent-shaded cafes for the Most Beautiful Sunset in Greece. What's not to Love??? I don't have to "make a case" … just get to Nafplio as soon as you can.

Posted by Alan
Brighton, UK
729 posts

Leslie

I'd really recommend Ancient Corinth, which is a really interesting but little visited site. It has the biblical associations - letters to the Corninthians - but also a very nice Greek temple. According to their website they are open on a Monday

http://www.ancientcorinth.net/museum.aspx

Acrocorinth, the more ancient fortress above Ancient Corinth, is also well worth a visit. Assuming it is open, and if you are fit enough to walk high enough, you can reach a point where you can see both ends of the Corinth Canal. I'm not sure if it opens on Monday but even if not it is worth driving up for the view from the gate.

Cheers

Alan

Posted by lgault22
2 posts

Hi Leslie - I would add Epidavros for a sight to see! Check out AtlasVisual. It's a travel video website oriented on a map. You can watch short videos of areas near where you are going - zoom in and out and click around.

Here's the link for the Peloponnese:
http://www.atlasvisual.com/peloponnese-greece

Lindsay

Posted by Leslie H
Northborough, MA
624 posts

Thanks for the feedback.

Janet - We will have plenty of time in Nafplio (5 nights, which include 2 entire days there (in addition to the afternoon we arrive and the morning we leave)), so spending time stopping along the way is something that we definitely want to do.

Alan and Lindsay - Thanks for the suggestions.

Lots of food for thought ...

Leslie

Posted by janet
Philadelphia, PA, USA
666 posts

My suggestion was mainly because on a Monday many sites or museums I might otherwise suggest will be closed.

Posted by Leslie H
Northborough, MA
624 posts

Thanks, Janet.

We have decided to go to Mycenae on Monday and Nemea on Saturday.

There are plenty of other places that we'd like to see, but we're trying to thoroughly enjoy the places we visit and not sweating the places we don't get to.

Thanks again for the input.

Leslie