Welcome to Hermione, the best place for your diving holidays in Greece. The small town of Hermione is the departure point for Kapari Island and the diving centre.
Some information on Hermione:
A small town with strong island characteristics, Hermione is located on the south-eastern edge of the Argolida peninsula. Hermione, one of the most beautiful coastal regions in the Peloponnese, is the ideal holiday destination and point of departure for many day-trips. This tiny, picturesque fishing village that became a tourist attraction thanks to its natural beauty, is built next to a cape brimming with pine-trees, and boasts sandy beaches, many small harbours and an ancient history.
It is 84km from Nafplion and about 60 km from the ancient theatre of Epidauros, while also being to close to the islands Spetses and Hydra, both reachable by sea. There are daily high-speed ‘flying dolphins’ that connect Hermione to the port of Piraeus.
The civilisation in Hermione peaked in ancient times. At Bisti archaeological excavations have brought important findings to light, such as the remains of the Temple of Poseidon, while in Heliokastro foundations of the ancient city of Ilii were found. It is worth mentioning that ancient historian Pausanias mentioned this city as the sacred place of the Gods of Elefsis.
Moreover, findings were excavated in the primary school playground and in the 17th century church erected on the foundations of the ancient temple of the goddess Demeter, while traces of ancient roads are still visible in the church grounds. This church is also connected with the historical events of the Greek war of independence in 1821.
The Agioi Anargyroi Monastery, built in the 11th century, is a remarkable monument famous for its Byzantine paintings, extensive library and religious gold-plated wooden carvings.
The small island Dokos is located opposite Hermione where under-water excavations have revealed the remains of a pre-Hellenic ship-wreck, the oldest in the world.
Moreover, if you are a fan of long walks, do not miss the chance of crossing the small Katafikios canyon, which connects Hermione to Fournous. The 30-minute trek is truly magical and the landscape is spectacular. Hermione is a well-developed area, where you will find hotels, rooms and apartments to let for all tastes and budgets.
In addition, there are cultural events throughout the year in and around Hermione. For example, during the religious celebration of the Epiphany, young men about the start their military service go around the town singing the traditional song ‘Giala-Giala’ and come dawn, find themselves diving in the freezing winter waters to find the Holy Cross. August’s cultural events are also worth attending, climaxing with the Fisherman’s Feast organised in the village Koilada on the 14th August.