Hydra, Saronic Islands Hydra, Saronic Islands

Follow in the footsteps of Rob and Steve and take a trip to lesser-known Greece, areas of bountiful charm and as diverse and spectacular as the rest of the country and simply should not be missed.

Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus

Built in 340 BC, the ancient theatre of Epidaurus in the Peloponnese is probably the most beautiful and best preserved of its kind. It was built in two phases – one during the 4th century BC and the second in the mid-2nd century – and divided into two parts: one for citizens and one for priests. Due to its excellent acoustics and condition, the ancient theatre which seats 13,000 spectators is still used today, most notably for the annual Epidaurus Festival in July and August.

Just 30 minutes from Tolon & Nafplion and can be visited as part of an organised day excursion with a guide.

Ancient theatre of Epidaurus Ancient theatre of Epidaurus

Hydra

Hydra is one of the Saronic Gulf islands and is the most unspoiled even though it is the most popular. Growth here has been limited while the other islands expand outward to accommodate tourism. Hydra has retained its charm by not allowing new buildings, only the restoration of old ones, many of which are from the 19th century and older. One of the most charming things about Hydra is that there are no cars. Everything is moved by donkey, including groceries, building supplies, people and their luggage. Writers and poets have long visited the ‘island of Leonard Cohen’, in search of inspiration.

A stay on Hydra can easily be combined with holidays to Spetses and Poros.

The local transport on Hydra The local transport on Hydra

Caves of Diros

Nature’s Underground Cathedral - the spectacular cave complex of Diros in the Peloponnese offers visitors the opportunity to travel back to the Neolithic era and even further. It is not just the drop in temperature that gives you the chills as you descend underground to start the 40-minute boat tour of Vlychada, the biggest cave of the Diros complex. It is the beautiful and dramatic formations of stalactites and stalagmites, formed millions of years ago, when the sea, located just a few meters away, started to rise and formed the lake we see today.

The caves are an hour's drive south of Kardamili & Stoupa 30 minutes north of the tiny, atmospheric Gerolimenas where the super Kyrimai 5 star boutique hotel is located.

Diros caves, Peloponnese Diros caves, Peloponnese

Nestor’s Palace

Built by King Nestor in the late Bronze Age (13th century BC), Nestor’s Palace is the most well-preserved Mycenaean Palace in Greece located in the area of Pylos on the west coast of the Peloponnese, in the district of Messenia. Nestor led Pylos to the Trojan War with 90 ships and is presented by Homer as a wise old man, whose opinion was always respected by the Achaeans. The site is dominated by a monumental structure consisting of 105 apartments which were once decorated with beautiful frescos. Many of the numerous archaeological findings from the site of the Palace of Nestor are kept at the Archaeological Museum of Messenia, which is located in Kalamata.

Close to our Zoe Hotel in Gialova.

Nestor's Palace Nestor's Palace

Ancient Stagira

Jutting out into the Aegean off Halkidiki's Athos peninsula in northern Greece, you’ll find the impressive ruins of the walls of ancient Stagira, the birthplace of Aristotle, tutor to Alexander the Great. Overgrown and abandoned for centuries, the home of the man who influenced 2000 years of history, finally saw the light of day when the site was excavated in the 1990’s. Ancient Stagira is best visited from the small fishing village of Olymbiada a short walk away.

Ancient Stagira Ancient Stagira
Dudley Der Parthog

By Dudley Der Parthog

27th February 2020



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Dudley Der Parthog
Dudley Der Parthog

Having been at university and unsure as to what to do following some temporary jobs, Dudley joined the family firm as a brochure packer in 1979. In those days distribution was from the office premises and Sunvil was just beginning to grow again, following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, the company’s major destination, in 1974. He was then made responsible for travel agency sales. In due course he took over the running and brochure writing for the Sunvil Greece programme and the contracting of accommodation. He is now a director of the company and is the most knowledgeable and experienced member of the Greek team. He mixes work in administering the programme with taking reservations and he particularly enjoys tackling complicated and well nigh impossible itineraries.

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