One of the most renowned of Greece's archeological sites is located just 30km east of Nafplion. The Theatre is still the most popular attraction and plays to this day are acted-out during the summer months, drawing in crowds of up to 16,000. The atmosphere is electrifying.
Asclepius Sanctuary is set amongst the green foothills of Mount Arahneo the air is full of the smell of herbs and pine trees. It is easy to see how the sanctuary had a beneficial effect upon the ailing.
To the west of the sanctuary is the large Banquet Hall.It was here the festival of Asclepius took place. Opposite this is the stadium where the festivals athletic contests were held. To the north are the remains of the Temple of Asclepius and next to this the Abaton. East is the Sanctuary of Egyption Gods and to the west are the remains of the mystifying Tholos.
This monastery is little known but a significantly important Byzantine monastery with frescoes dating back to the 1000s! The name Avgo literally translates into Egg and there are various different stories as to how it got its name, the most logical of all is that the word avgo in Greek was used to describe bald summits of hills. After following a short winding road passing by the village o Karnezeika the road opens out to a gorge and we park here. The walk to the monastery will take approximately 40 minutes and it is a pretty route in nature. The monastery is built on the side of the mountain and its back wall is rock. There are three churches within and one is able to see the frescoes from both the 17th century and the 1000s. This is a little visited monastery and therefore quiet with no crowds. The views are stunning.
Visit a local, modern olive oil press and see how olive oil is made.. from the fruit right through the whole process to bottling and then taste the results. An eye-opening experience and a relaxing way to end your excursion.
Great Visit and tasting. We received a personal tour of this small olive oil estate while staying in the Nafplio area. Our guide was extremely informative and passionate about their purely organic cold-pressed products. Being a small company, it’s difficult for them to compete with the larger, more commercial, Italian giants like Bertolli etc.. yet the quality of their oils far exceeds the Italian giants who, by the way, often uses Greek olives to make their so-called Italian olive oils. Do visit this lovely estate just 30 minutes outside of Nafplio and do buy their wonderful oils as well as facial products made with their own oils.
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