ERMIONI (Small town) ARGOLIS
Ermioni is a seaside town of captivating beauty or an “island-town” as it has been called. It is the seat of the municipality bearing the same name and consists of the settlements of Achladitsa, Podari, Petrothalassa, St. Anargyri, Kouverta and Kineta.
Ermioni is an ideal holiday resort, for it combines harmoniously the tranquillity an island can offer and lively entertainment. The sea embracing it from both sides forms a port in the north - the latter being the town’s main commercial center - and the area of Mandrakia in the south. In the traditional coffee shops and in the picturesque tavernas overhung by octopuses drying in the sun and with fishermen’s nets being all around, visitors can enjoy their wine or ouzo and snack on fresh seafood. Mandrakia is the liveliest area of the city, its nightlife lasting until dawn.
The road that ascends through the paved lanes and the beautiful dwellings of Ermioni leads to he slope of the ancient hill of Pronos, which is crowned at the top by the chapel of St. Ermioni; the latter, built in the typical Greek island architectural style on the foundations of the temple of goddess Hera, commands a unique view over Dokos (findings from the world’s oldest shipwreck) appearing eastward on the horizon, and the island of Hydra that is delineated further beyond. From the same spot one is afforded a fine view over the plain which is reputed for yielding fine products, such as the pomegranates of Ermioni - a unique Greek culture - citrus fruits and of course the well-known local olive oil. Visitors should not miss out on a walk towards Mylos, situated on the Krothi hill facing the port, wherefrom a magnificent view of Ermioni can be enjoyed.
Apart from the beaches of Bitsi, there are beautiful stretches of sand around Ermioni, Kouverta, Sendoni, Petrothalassa, St. Dimitrios, Dardiza, as well as the coasts of Thermissia and Plepi which are ideal for a swim in crystal clear waters.
A number of events and festivities are held in Ermioni which are worth attending, such as: the yala-yala, celebrated in a unique, special way on the day of the Epiphany; the Shrove Monday feast in Mandrakia; the burning of Judas on Easter Sunday; various cultural events held in August, culminating in the choral festival.
This text (extract) is cited March 2004 from the Municipality of Ermioni tourist pamphlet.
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