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Epidavros is a world-renowned sacred place surrounded by the blue of the sea and the green of olive groves, pine trees and orange orchards. Famous and flourishing in antiquity, Epidavros saw visitors from all over arriving by sea and by land. World-renowned and very much alive today, it still sees people arriving from all over the world, seeking hospitality and “therapy” through Culture and Art that each summer revive at its two ancient theaters.
Nevertheless, Epidavros does not just mean antiquities, theatrical performances, history and culture. It also means nature, recreation, fun and rural life. The agricultural tourism finds its culmination each year with the organization of the “Agrotourism Fair” featuring all the products of the Epidavrian land. The long tradition in dairy products is lost in the mist of time. The same as its awarded bread products. Those, along with pure animal products, oil, honey, citrus fruit and fresh fish from the local sea-waters gave rise to the Epidavros Fair, a big celebration of agrotourism launched in 1998 and held each summer within the framework of “Musical July”.
The Municipality of Epidavros comprises Nea Epidavros, a village spreading from the rocky slopes to the sea boasting a Venetian castle and the famous Vothylas gorge; Dimaina, built on a verdant plane with fruit trees and olive groves; Koliaki, which in addition to an astounding view also offers a gastronomic challenge and Tracheia with its taverns and its traditional, pure dairy products and home-baked bread and rusks. The verdant mountain slopes are dotted with free-grazing herds of sheep and goats. Ancient Epidavros is a beautiful, agricultural fishing village built on the spot of the ancient city. Its quaint harbour is a work of nature with a small peninsula, called “Nissi” crowned with the small ancient theater of Epidavros that has been active recently with various cultural events mainly during Musical July.
The Epidavros Festival started back in 1954. Since then, almost all the surviving ancient tragedies, comedies and satirical dramas have been performed there. The ancient theater of Epidavros is one of the most significant and most beautiful archaeological sites in Greece. Next to it is the Temple of Asklepios and the ruins of the Temple of Apollo Maleata. In antiquity, the area was full of temples dedicated to Dionysos, Artemis, Apollo Maleata, Aphrodite and Hera and naturally a temple dedicated to Asklepios with a golden-ivory statue of the god. With the passage of time, however, the Olympic gods gave their place to Christianity. Churches and monasteries were built there since the very early years, well worth a visit. Some of them are the 11th-century Monastery of Agnountos, the beautiful Monastery Kalamiou built in an area with astounding view, the 15th-century Monastery of Pammegiston Taxiarchon and the retreat of Polemarchas built in mid 15th century.