There is a wealth of archaeological sites to explore in the area. These include the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus; the legendary citadel of Mycenae and the Mycenaean cemetery of Dendra; the ancient citadel of Tirynth and its dam, constructed around the 12th century BC; the early Bronze Age settlement of Lerna at Mili; the Temple of Hera close to Argos; the village of Didyma; the lofty St. Dimitrios Monastery of Avgo; Monemvasia and its beautifully-preserved medieval churches; and numerous Mycenaean bridges, each a feat of engineering on the road trip from Amanzoe to Nafplion, amongst many others.
The historic city of Nafplion is situated just 65 kilometres away from Amanzoe. One of the first capitals of modern Greece, it is well-known for its neoclassical architecture, the imposing Palimidi Castle overlooking the city, and the Bourtzi Castle in the middle of the harbour. Take a stroll in the old part of town, visit the archaeological museum, sample local cuisine at any of the sea-view tavernas and spend an evening enjoying the town’s live jazz bars.
The peninsula is surrounded by numerous uninhabited islets, ideal for day trips, sailing excursions and swimming in secluded coves. Ten minutes across the water from Porto Heli by water taxi is the cosmopolitan island of Spetses, known for its sea-faring traditions, its heroic contribution to Greek Independence from the Ottoman Empire, its Venetian and neoclassical mansions with pebble mosaic courtyards, and its horse-drawn carriages. A bit farther away, but still within easy reach by water taxi is the island of Hydra. Populated by historic sea captain mansions which evoke an ambience of centuries past, it is renowned for its vibrant dining scene and nightlife.
historical, archaeological and nature treks
Trekking in the beautiful scenery of the Peloponnese is an invigorating and memorable experience. Trek past Byzantine chapels, Mycenaean tombs and watermills on your way from Mycenae to the village of Prosymni (3 hours). Other options include a light trek to the sunken hollows of Vythismata or the Bisti Forest at Ermioni.
The region has a reputation for its agricultural products including its citrus fruits, low-acidity olives, diverse fish and crustaceans, and wine. Amanzoe offers guests the opportunity to pick olives and make their own olive oil (seasonal); join in the pomegranate harvest (seasonal); visit local sheep and goat farmers who make their own cheese; and collect honey (seasonal) on a trip to the local hives and honey museum. Within 90 minutes of Amanzoe there are numerous vineyards open for wine tasting.
Waterskiing is available in the region’s sheltered bays; or why not find your own beach for the day on the resort’s Wally One speedboat or Aquazoe, a Pershing 62.
Ideal for mountain biking, off-road tracks abound in the area, whether winding through ancient pine forests or hilltop olive groves.
Head out at sunrise or sunset for an airborne tour of the area. Flights take in all the Mycenaean Citadels including Mycenae, Tyrinth and Midea, as well as Epidavros, Halieis (the ancient sunken city in Porto Heli Bay), Acrocorinthos, the ancient stadium and Temple of Apollo at Nemea, and Isthmia Harbour.