September 24, 2014

Ancient Epidavros

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This ancient theatre is one site I always visit every time I am in Greece. Something about its completeness and skill I find quite eerie and always fascinating. 

Epidavros is situated on the mainland amongst the mountains of the Peloponnese surrounded by delicious smelling pine trees. 

Arrive early in the summer months, you want to be able to take in the beauty of this site without the rush of coach parties that descend from 10am onwards. The earlier you are the more likely you will end up having the theatre more or less to yourself. 

The most notable thing about this theatre, apart from its astonishing completeness given its age are its acoustics  As a result it is still used today as a working theatre and many touring shows stop by to perform in the historic surroundings

You sit on warm stone seats as night falls around you and the stars make an incredible backdrop. 

Once you have taken in the beauty from below, carefully climb the stone stairs to take in the view...

The ruins around the site are just as fascinating and with ongoing restoration taking place you can start to imagine the enormity of this ancient town. 

The near by city of Nafplio is a must when you are visiting Epidavros. A picturesque port town with an impressive Venetian fort towering over head. You can meander through the pretty streets and pick up some small fish and calamari as an afternoon treat. 

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