Probably one of the most go-to destinations for leisure is the beautiful country of Greece. But what do we know about Greece aside from it’s an ancient country with a lot of history, traditions, and beautiful people? Greece, in a nutshell, is often considered to be the world’s first democracy. It is also one of the world’s brightest countries, so catching the sun here will never be a challenging task. The land itself is world-famous for its food such as Tzatziki, Feta Cheese, Moussaka, Gyros, Spanakopita, Souvlaki, Greek Salad, Calamari, Kleftiko, and many more dishes are all Greek foods that you should try when you visit Greece. When you converse and co-exist with the locals, you’ll realize that 98% of the total population are ethnic greeks. The rest of the people are minorities coming from Albania, Armenia, and Bulgaria. There are 2000 islands in this country, but 40% of the population reside in Athens. Some of the biggest cities include Athens, Thessaloniki, Patras, Heraklion, Larissa, Volos, Rhodes, Ioannina, Chania, Agrinio.
But did you know that there is one underrated place in Greece? This might be the first time you might hear or read about it, but the wonderful city of Argos has hidden gems as well. Argos is a city-state that was first raised to fame during the Mycenaean era in Greece, much earlier than the classical period. By the time Greece’s classical age came about, around one thousand city-states could be found all across Ancient Greece. However, by the time the classic era came around, Argos was already relatively stabilized. It was a notable city-state throughout the Trojan War, which takes place during the Mycenaean era. It has been obtained since the Neolithic period. This city’s story is so much more meaningful when you try to relate it with other Greek cities that you know of.
Argos is the second oldest city-state of Greece. This place is credited that they invented coinage to make trade easier as trade was vital for them. Argos was incredibly talented in arts back in history, the main reason why many Greek city-states envied their unique statues with rippling muscles. This place is also famous for poets and musicians, most especially their theater, drama, and plays, which drew crowds of more than 20,000 people. When you are here to visit during April, May, October, and November, you are most likely to feel a good climate with warm average temperatures that drop between 20 degrees Celsius (68°F) and 25 degrees Celsius (77°F). In contrast, the hottest season/summer is in June, July, August, and September.
Argos’s ancient town has a past stretching back an astonishing 6000 years, though today, most vestiges of its former glory lie buried beneath the modern bustling city. Overshadowed by its neighbor, Nafplio (12km away), Argos is worth a detour for its excellent Byzantine museum and the nearby ruins and fortress. While you are here, never miss many sightseeing activities that will make you appreciate the whole place. The ancient town, where an impressive theatre of the Hellenistic Period is stored, is such a vibe with a capacity of 20,000 seats. Not to mention the Roman Music Theatre, where the remains of the temple of Venus and the ancient Agora can be found. It is also suggested that you make time to see the Archaeological Museum, in the main square, which houses finds from the diggings in ancient Agora, in the theatre. If you try to be purposive about your visit, you will catch the Neoclassical dwellings, such as the building of the Town Hall and the Constantopoulou Mansion, designed by Ziller. These and more are waiting for you in Argos!
Plan your visit in line with their events. You will also see and witness Argos’ Festival, with theatrical performances, dancing performances, and painting exhibitions. They also celebrate the Feast of Agios Petros on 3 May coupled with a commercial fair on the Friday of Easter and the celebration date of Zoodochos Pigi. If you get tired and hungry around, there’s plenty of restaurants you can dig yourself in.
Argos may not be as famous as other cities in Greece, but don’t let that fool you. Argos is a more petite but attractive expected tourist destination that is worth a stay. You will be amazed by some of the unusual things to do and places you can explore at this exclusive destination. You might wish to return someday, to take a break and relax at Argos!