In Arcadia, the first scenic fishing village encountered after Argolida is beautiful Xiropigado. The landscape combines harmonically with mountain and sea, located on the outskirts of Zavitsa mountains and bathed by the blue Argolic Gulf. The beautiful sites and beaches with crystal clear waters make it an ideal holiday destination for those seeking relaxation and tranquillity to enjoy the beaches, local produce and fresh fish in the taverns of the village.
It is just 10 minutes from Paralio Astros, 20 minutes from Argos and Nafplio, 30 minutes from Mycenae, 35 minutes from Epidaurus, 40 minutes from Tripoli and 2 hours from Athens.
In just 10 minutes (10 kms) from Xiropigado is the coastal village of Paralio Astros, with its picturesque alleys and traditionally built with tiled rooftops. At the port there are moored fishing boats and speedboats. Local traditional homes and holiday homes sprawl the area, alongside cafes and many restaurants.
At the top of the hill of Paralio Astros, is the medieval fortress which offers a great view of the surrounding areas. Some of the major attractions of the area are the Church of the Annunciation, the beautiful scenic lighthouse, the chapel of Prophet Elias and the statue of the mermaid.
Located about 20 minutes from Xiropigado is the city of Argos (in the state of Argolida). It is considered the oldest city in Europe because of its numerous archaeological monuments from the Bronze Age, when it was one of the most important centres of Mycenaean civilization. St. Peter's Square with the homonymous cathedral is the city centre. The walkways around the square are the most popular part of the city as there is a large number of shops and cafes to enjoy..
Local attractions are the Castle of Larissa, Ancient Theatre, the Ancient Agora, to "criterion" of Argos, the tombs of Aspis Hill, the Barracks of Kapodistrias, the Municipal Neoclassical Market, the old City Hall, the Gordonos House, the Home of Spyridon Trikoupis, the Ellinikou pyramid and of course the archaeological museum.
Located 20 minutes from Xiropigado and Nafplion is the capital of Argolis. It is one of the most picturesque cities in the country (is characterized as a traditional settlement) and was the capital of the Greek state (1828-1833).
Nafplion is known for Bourtzi, a small fortress built on an island in the harbor, for Palamidi, a Venetian fortress which dominates the city, the Acronafplia (Its Kale), another Venetian fortress on the homonymous peninsula, as well as the murder site of John Kapodistrias. Archaeological findings prove the existence of the city during the Mycenaean years, which according to mythology, Nafplios founded Nauplia, which was fortified with Cyclopean walls.
In the most beautiful buildings of the city is the Armansperg Palace and the archaeological museum in Syntagma Square. A branch of the National Gallery also operates in the city.
Between 30 and 35 minutes from Xiropigado, are the archaeological sites of Mycenae and Epidaurus.
Today the site of Mycenae holds the small village of Mycenae and the ruins of the ancient Acropolis. Important monuments are the two burial royal enclosures A and B, the treasure of Atreus (vaulted tomb), the vaulted tomb of Clytemnestra, the Lion’s Gate, the Royal Palace, the Church, the North Gate, the underground tank and the new, modern, Museum of Mycenae.
At Epidaurus, the first area one meets as on approaches the Sanctuary is the porch whose construction goes back to the Mycenaean period. The second building is the Doric temple of Asklepios. Behind the temple, there is the Dome which was the most famous building of the Sanctuary. Located here are buildings such as the Avato, the House of the priests, the Temples of Artemis, the Temple of Apollo and finally the famous theatre of Epidaurus.