Chapter 2: Practical information
Money and Budgeting
[Updated 8/12/16] p. 36-7 Since this edition of the guide was published, the enduring economic problems befalling the Greek economy mean that the price of admission to archaeological sites and museums has inevitably increased significantly. Visitors should be prepared in some instances for prices that are double that which is listed in the guide.
Chapter 3: Corinth and the Argolid
[Updated 8/12/16] p. 81-2 A cheery, laid-back resort with a good range of shops and tavernas, and a high street decorated with tubs of flowers donated by Sunvil who have a strong presence here. The sandy beach is long and narrow, widening at the east end to form Sandy Beach. The narrow bit, backed by hotels, tavernas and self-catering apartments, can get crowded, but the bay is sheltered and a before-breakfast swim is recommended – the sea is particularly inviting. The setting is beautiful, with two islands in the bay providing a target for strong swimmers and kayakers and a harbour for boat trips to Nafplio and a nearby fish farm where large pods of dolphins hang out. Tolo is conveniently situated for Nafplio, Mycenae, Epidavros and Nemea, whilst the site of Asini is just a kilometre away.
The taverna at the Hotel Romvi is justly popular but we also recommend the flowery, low-key To Neon a few metres towards the harbour.
[Updated 8/12/16] p. 81-2 Ancient Asine (Asini) has recently had close to a €1 million spent on it, making it well worth a visit; it’s within walking distance of Tolon, and offers wonderful 360° views. There are now well-made pathways (some steep steps, but handrails are in place), imaginative circuits around the promontory, a multimedia room, a guide to the many types of flora and fauna (in the form of wild tortoises) and much, much more, including information on the archaeological discoveries made in the 1920s by the Swedish Crown Prince and the damage caused by the Italians in World War II. It’s been a strategic location since a fleet was launched from Asine against Troy.
[Updated 8/12/16] p. 82-6 It’s definitely advisable to get here soon after opening or just before closing. The hordes of young people intent on taking selfies rather spoils the atmosphere. The archaeological site beyond the theatre is very interesting with excellent signage – in English as well as Greek.
Chapter 3: Laconia
[Updated 8/12/16] p. 122 The village's tower has now been restored and can be climbed free of charge. The church's frescoes have been restored and are beatiful. The church is unlocked.
[Updated 8/12/16] p. 122 The church's frescoes have been restored and are very impressive. The church is unlocked.
Chapter 6: Messinia
[Updated 8/12/16] p. 179-83 The site has reopened and is now fully covered by a protective roof with walkways that offer excellent views or the archaeologists at work below. This roof also offers welcome shade on hot summer days.