Teeming with character and quaint tradition, the villages of Argolis never fail to fascinate and charm their visitors. It’s easy to while the day away touring these picturesque communities, as they each have a distinctive way of life, far removed from the hustle and bustle of the city. Expand your cultural horizons by discovering the many wonderful destinations near Perivoli Country Hotel & Retreat during your next stay.
Driving west for a little under half an hour will lead to Kefalari, a village of great historic significance. Follow the emerald-green Erasinus River which flows leisurely through this small town of 600 residents up to its springs at the foot of Mount Chaon. Within a cave right above is Panagia Kefalariotissa, a very impressive church which was built during the 17th century and is still open to visitors. To learn more about its past, visit the Folk Art Museum in Kefalari before continuing your journey to the enigmatic Pyramid of the Hellinikon, only 2 km away. Historians have yet to decipher the use of this prehistoric landmark, which is one of Greece’s intriguing archaeological mysteries and dates back to around 2000 BC.
Nestled at the foot of Mount Artemision, Karya is the perfect immersion into a life of pure simplicity, and its 50-minute distance from Perivoli Country Hotel & Retreat makes it a must-see. Locals mostly work in agriculture, especially the production of wine and olive oil by using authentic means, so this is the perfect place to gain first-hand knowledge about practices which have stood the test of time.
If you are seeking a break by the sea, drive down to the captivating Vivari, a fishing village 15 minutes away from the hotel. Take in the hand-painted wooden fishing boats which are moored in Vivari Bay, a natural harbour that’s protected from the wind for crystal-clear waters that are calm year-round, before enjoying a refreshing swim at the gorgeous Plaka Beach nearby.
A visit to Argolis is sure to enchant you with its distinctive heritage and abundance of breathtaking natural destinations. Your stay at Perivoli Country Hotel & Retreat will be absolutely enriched by a tour of some truly unique communities which have retained their originality for centuries, and will for years to come.
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