A land of sun and beauty, Greece has captivated the imagination of people all over the world with its Mediterranean climate, deep and ancient history as well as unique blend of seas and mountains. Known for its open, welcoming people as well as the healthy natural cuisine and virgin magical landscapes it makes for an ideal relaxation destination.
Named after King Pelops, rumoured to be the founder of the Olympic Games, Peloponnese is the birthplace of many of the most famous Greek legends as well as actual history. From the mythical Labours of Hercules to the historical Peloponnesian Wars where Sparta and Athens fought for dominion over the land, Peloponnese has always been in the center of Greek history and events. Located in the southernmost part of the Greek mainland it offers the best combination of sparkling blues seas and tall breezy mountains as well as vast selection of some of the most famous archaeological sites all around the world.
Point Of Archeological Interest
Kynouria was named after the son of Perseus, Kynouros. According to Plutarch, before Danaos made his way to Argolida he used to live in the seaside of Thyrea, Pyramia, or Astros as it is named today.
The archaeological site of Evas, where the palace of Herodes Atticus was located 8km west of Astros next to the Monastery of Luku.
The museum of Astros that has on display all the findings from the Eva site.
The Castle of Oria, located near the village of Agios Ioannis and built during the Frankish occupation. One can admire the remains of the defensive wall and one of the tower gates.
Hellinikon, located 8km north-west of Astros consists of a small number of houses and within it lie the ancient remains of the city of Thyrea.
Later the city was moved towards the seaside where one can find Roman and Byzantine buildings of later construction. Near the castle exists a semi demolished arching bridge in the remnants of the river.
The Castle of Paralio Astros is located near the western corner of the hill that was once the island and was constructed during the Frankish occupation.
More precisely the construction took place during 1256 by Prince Gulielm Vilearduin (Castello della Estella) and it was used to house the Venetian commander.
In later years during the Turkish occupation it served as a Greek fortress.
Points of Religious Interest
The Monastery of Luku. This monastery, about 4km from the town of Astros, was built around 1117a.c. on top of the ruins of the ancient city of Eva, the ancient sanctuary of the famous physician of the time, Polemokratis. In the monastery’s library there is a wide collection of handwritten documents from that time.
Monastery of Saint George Endyssenas can be found by the road on the way from from Tyros to Agios Adreas. The road leading to it is uphill with a lot of tight turns and branching and as such will require someone with adequate knowledge of the area to reach.
It is, however, absolutely worth the effort as it offers a unique view towards the Argolic gulf, the city of Nafplion and the island of Spetses, as well as the valley of Thyrea and Mt. Parnon. The total distance from our villa is approximately 7km.
The Monastery of Saint Demetrios Reontinou is the oldest monastery in the Area nicknamed Tsakonia on Mt. Parnon and it’s located about 8km away from Agios Andreas on the way to Prastos. It goes by many names and it was founded in 1617. To this day it is still operational as a women-only monastery.
The Monastery of Evangelistria of St. Adreas village can be found near the village of Agios Andreas and it is related with the monastery of Orthokostas.
It includes the church of Evangelisms and a high Venetian tower both of which were refurbished during 1714-5.
The Monastery of Kontolina in Kastanitsa. Written history of this monastery exists only between 1628 and 1834 when it was torn down by decree of King Othon. It’s located near the village of Kastanitsa in the crossing of Maza’s Canyon amidst the beautiful lush scenery thanks to the running waters nearby.
The Monastery of Paleopanagia is located about 4km away on the way to Agios Petros. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and it dates back to 1612 (possibly 1310but unverified). It is currently used as a women’s monastery.
The Monastery of Malevi, located around 30km off the town of Astros at 950m elevation. It is a women’s monastery built around 1616 during the Turkish rule over Greece. It was heavily damaged around 1826 when it was burned to the ground by Ibrahim, a Turkish commander. This is the most renowned monastery of the area which attracts thousands of believers, history enthusiasts and tourists every year.
The Monastery of Timios Prodromos, supposedly the oldest one in Peloponnese, is an old male-excusive monastery dedicated to St. John. It is located in the Canyon of River Tanos near the village of Perdikovrisi and is built on solid rock on the canyon wall. It is believed to have been constructed in 1126 and was refurbished some time during the 18th century.