If you want to find out about the Peloponnesian War more than what books can teach you, then you must visit the town that has been the center of conflict. The Ancient City of Alea, an ally of both Spartans and Athenians, had an orderly plan with narrow streets, gates, and even its own currency that proved its wealth.
If you want a chance to get to know one of the most efficient marine powers of antiquity, then you have to visit Ancient Assini. Praised by Homer in his poems, as well as by the Greek poet Seferis, its glorious fame has travelled to the whole world. The citadel is situated on a strategic position and proves, along with the archaeological findings, a wave of culture in the area that’s sure to win you over.
If you want to pay a visit to the house of mythical Theseus, then you have to discover the Ancient Troezen. The archaeological findings of the site indicate that the area has been inhabited since the Prehistoric Age and it has been one of the cities of Argolida that took part in the Trojan War. It’s equally noteworthy that the site is associated with the love of Phaedra for Hippolytus and, thus, connected with the worship of Asclepios.
If you want to see the place where Western medicine was born, then you have to visit the Archeological Site of Asclepion. The big sanctuary with the thermal waters was very popular in antiquity and it was considered to be the most important therapeutic centre of its time. Medicine was born here, before expanding to the other 300 similar sanctuaries of the Greek and Roman areas.
If you are searching for a one-of-a-kind experience, then you can visit the Mycenaean Cemetery of Dendra. It’s one of the biggest burial grounds of the Peloponnese that shed light to the burial habits of the ancient cultures and confirmed the content of the great writings of Homer. It’s a place that will make you experience the mysticism of the ancient culture.
If you want to feel the mighty force of the third most important city of Argolida, then you have to visit Midea. It's located on a 270 meters high, cone-shaped hill and it’s a city that played an important part in the Mycenaean world. The ceramic findings of the 13th century B.C. prove that the site was inhabited since the Prehistoric Age, while the engraved stones and the inscribed amphorae helped to decipher the Linear B script.
No matter how much you have already heard about Mycenae, it can’t compare to an actual visit to the site. The Acropolis of Mycenae was built on a rocky spot between two high cone-shaped hills, Profitis Elias and Sara, a location of great strategic importance. According to mythology, the citadel was founded by Perseus, son of Zeus and Danae.
Orchomenos Archaeological Site
If you want to feel the greatness of one of the biggest Arcadian cities of antiquity, you should include the Archaeological Site of Orchomenos in your itinerary. The citadel, built entirely on a hill and protected by a wall, was founded by Orchomenos, the son of Lycaon, and has recently been open to visitors. It’s a striking site full of cultural treasures and an alluring view that will take your breath away.
If you want to find yourself in an ancient city that’s full of antiquities and has attracted a worldwide interest, then you have to visit Tiryns. Its Acropolis is the first of the Mycenaean Era and it’s built on an 18 meter high rocky hill. This small citadel, which is recognized as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, was firstly inhabited in the Neolithic Age and kept flourishing for a long time.
Gortys Archaeological Site
If you want to set foot on one of the most important Arcadian cities of the ancient world, then you should visit the Archaeological Site of Gortys. According to the legend, the city was founded by Gortys, the great grandson of the King Arcas, and used to be a stopover for the Spartans as they marched towards Olympia to take part in the Games.
If you feel like visiting the most sacred and most ancient city of Arcadians, you need to explore the Archaeological Site of Lycosura. It inspired Pausanias to write: " Of all the cities that earth has ever shown, whether on mainland or on islands, Lycosura is the oldest, and was the first that the sun beheld; from it the rest of mankind has learned how to make them cities" and it was founded by Lycaon, son of Pelasgus.
Mantineia Archaeological Site
If you want to find yourself in a city that has gone through a lot, then you should visit the Archaeological Site of Mantineia. It’s one of the most important and best reserved cities of antiquity. Its presence in the ancient world was strong, mainly because of its strategic position.
Tegea Archaeological Site
If you want an original taste of the most important battles of antiquity, then you have to visit the Archaeological Site of Ancient Tegea. It was the home of the great Tegeans, who played a major part to the Argonautic Expedition, the Trojan War, as well as the Persian and Peloponnesian Wars. It was founded by Tegeas, son of Lycaon, and it was the last base of the mythical kings of Arcadia.
Sicyon Archaeological Site
If you want to enjoy a whole city full of archaeological treasures, Ancient Sicyon is the place for you. According to Stravon, Sicyon was first situated close to the sea, until Demetrius Poliorcetes convinced the inhabitants to move the city up to a hill. It was a city that he fortified and temporarily named Demetrias. The most imposing sights are the Theatre and the Roman Baths that host the museum.
Ancient Corinth Archaeological Site
If you want to find yourself at the wealthiest city of the ancient world, then Ancient Corinth is the ideal destination for you. It was one of the most dynamic city-states of antiquity, due to its strategic position, and it had the control of all the land connections between the Peloponnese and Central Greece. Corinth played an important role in all of the important wars and battles of the time.
Feneos Archaeological Site
If you want to visit a very important ancient city of Arcadia, then the Archaeological Site of Feneos is waiting for you to explore it. The first settlement in the area was founded by the Pelasgians and later on it was inhabited by Arcadians, around 1.900 B.C. In 1.500 B.C., the Achaeans created the Mycenaean Center of Feneos and took part in the Trojan War. Its small archaeological museum hosts numerous findings from the site.
Heraion Archaeological Site
If you want to explore how ancient Greeks worshipped their supreme goddess, the wife of Zeus, Hera, then you’re going to love a visit to the Archaeological Site of Heraion. This unusual site is very important to archaeology, especially for the study of temple architecture and the worshipping habits in open air sites. The unusual plan, the location, as well as the remains of the semi-circular structure of the 9th century B.C.
Isthmia Archaeological Site
If you want to visit the place where the second most important Games of the whole ancient world took place, then you have to pay a visit to the Archaeological Site of Isthmia. It's situated on the joining point between Central Greece and the Peloponnese and it’s been a significantly popular location for gatherings and assemblies, as well as a popular destination for the contemporary travellers from around the globe, just like you.
Nemea Archaeological Site
If you want to wander around the land that’s the birthplace of wine and walk where Hercules did thousands of years ago, you should visit the mythical city of Nemea. The city’s name is known worldwide because, according to the legend, it’s here that Hercules killed the mighty Nemean Lion. Moreover, it was the place where the "7 against Thebes"» stationed during their expedition against the city.
Stymphalia Archaeological Site
If you want to indulge yourself to the antique marvels, then the Archaeological Site of Stymphalia is the ideal destination for you. The city, probably founded by Arcadian people, is built on the northern shore of Lake Stymphalia where half of the site is under its waters. It’s a breathtaking site where archaeology, culture, and nature blend in perfect harmony.
If you want to be a part of an ancient city that symbolizes freedom, feel free to discover Ancient Messene. The city was built in 369 B.C. by the Theban General Epaminondas and his Argean allies, in order to blockade the Spartans from the area. According to Pausanias, the Messenian immigrants were called back from Italy, Sicily, Evesperides in Libya, and many other cities for its settlement.