Lernaia Hydra apartment
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B&B | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 7
traditionally furnished and fully equipped apartment of 45m2 in a complex of 7 separate studios.
Master bedroom,sitting room with a bunk bed and a sofa bed,electric cooker,fridge,fireplace,private balcony free parking,bbq,free wifi,children's play area,600m away from the beach,in the picturesque fishermen's village of Myloi,5km away from Argos and 8km away from Nafplion.
|Size||Sleeps up to 7, 2 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: eleftherios venizelos athens airport 150 km, Nearest railway: argos 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Staffed property|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Fax machine, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, BBQ|
The Argolis Region
Not only famous because of Lerna, Mili, the name meaning mills, is the town the Nafpliots visit to eat what they believe is the region's best «souvlakia» (grilled meat on skewers).
Fresh water springs and a lake (pictured left), described in the Greek mythology, was located near Mili and Lerna. The bottomless lake was said to be one of the entrances to the underworld. It was here that Poseidon and Amymoni created their son Nafplios, who later gave the city of Nafplio its name, and Heracles fought the monster Hydra, a dragon with a snake's body and nine heads. (Heracles had to fight twelve different monsters in his so called labors, the first one in Nemea.)
The lake, that still exists, is now part of Nafplio's water supply. Quite a fascinating thought, actually: When you drink the water in Nafplio, you drink water from a mythical lake.
In Mili you will also find the tower depicted left. It was built by the Franks, who ruled here for roughly 250 years until the year 1460. The tower is called Pirgos tis vasilopoulas or Princess Tower. On the hill beyond, Pontinou, we can see the ruins of Lerna castle, which was last used during the Greek revolution that started in 1821.
Lerna (or Lerni), near the village of Mili, southwest of Nafplio, is a unique little place, even in Argolis. Because chances are you have not seen many houses as old as this before - and certainly not made by clay tiles!
Lerna has layer upon layer of settlements. People have lived here from the Neolithic period, around year 7000 BC, which is the time people first settled as farmers. We can see the remains of a wall from a Neolithic house in Lerna; it's at a considerably lower level than the rest of the buildings here.
The most interesting for us is probably the so-called House of the Tiles (main picture). This was a two-storied palace from around 2500 BC, built partly of terracotta tiles and with tiles on the roof. The palace was destroyed in a fire sometimes in the 22. century BC, and later covered with a huge burial mound. We can see the remains of the wall (tumuli) that surrounded the burial mound, and two tombs, located inside the palace. This is actually a part of the largest areas of prehistoric burial mounds in Greece (a total of approx. 180 sq. m).
Furthermore, we can see the remains of a city, with small two-and three-bedroom houses, and the narrow roads that ran between them. Some big clay pits (bothroi, pictured left) are dug into the ground in several places. Archaeologists don't agree on what they used to be, perhaps they were made for food storage, perhaps they were baking ovens. Later they were used as rubbish bins.
Many beautiful artefacts have been found in Lerna, and you can admire them in the archaeological museums in Nafplio and Argos.
There's not much information to find at the site of Lerna. The buildings and walls are marked with a label that briefly mentions what you are watching and when it's from, divided into periods - but not year. Therefore, it might be useful to know:
Neolithic = Stone Age, from the 7. millennium BC to 2800 BC
Early Helladic (I, II and III), from 2800 to 2100 BC
Middle Helladic, from 2100 to 1500 BC
Late Helladic (I, II and III), from 1500 to 1060 BC (Mycenaean)
The little gravel road that leads to Lerna (pictured left) is not so easy to see, so watch out for the sign. It's not exactly the road you'll expect to find, leading to one of Europe's oldest and most beautiful settlements!
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