Visiting Argos and wonder what to do?
We’ve got you covered with the 7 best things to do in Argos!
Argos is a city in Argolis in Greece. It was the most important of the twelve cities of ancient Argolis. In antiquity, it was a major trade center and an economic rival to nearby Corinth.
The location of this village on the fertile plains along with its proximity to transportation routes made it one of the leading commercial centers in all of Greece until 146 BC when Corinth recaptured its rule over Argos.
Today, you can explore ruins from this once powerful city while exploring what remains today: temples, stadiums, and other public buildings which were all built at different periods throughout history but have been preserved for thousands of years by nature’s hands!
7. Domaine Skouras Winery
Domaine Skouras is situated in the village of Nemea in the North-Eastern region of Peloponnese. The history of the winery goes back to 1980. George Skouras moved over multiple towns in Europe before settling in Malantreni.
The winery consists of an extensive range of grape varieties which includes Merlot, Chardonnay, Moscofilero, and Viognier. All of these grapes are handpicked, and the best ones go for production. The winery has red, white, and rose wine. This is a must-visit place for children of all ages to taste some of the finest wines.
6. Kapodistrias Barracks
Kapodistrias Barracks is in the city of Argos. It was first built between 1687-1715 as a hospital by Venetians. Then during the ottoman rule, it turned into a flea market. It was later rebuilt by J. Kapodistrias and established as barracks for the Calvary.
It is one of the most prominent archaeological heritage sites of the byzantine empire.
5. Byzantine Museum of Argolis
Museums aren’t as bland as they may seem. The Byzantine Museum of Argolis is one of such. It is housed in a historical listed complex of the city of Argos, which is known as “Kapodistria Barracks.”The complex occupies a vast area in the city center and consists of four wings.
The Museum hall was established in 1989 and is situated in the west and southwest wing of the complex.
The exhibits of the Museum have a collection of ceramics, sculptures, coins, mosaics, murals, and small objects. All of these come mainly from the rescue excavations of the local Ephorate of Antiquities in Argos. There are also exhibits from other areas of Argolida, such as Nafplio, Andritsa, Kefalari, the islands of the Argolic.
4. Archaeological Museum of Argos
The Archaeological Museum of Argos is situated in Argos in the Peloponnese region of Southern Greece. The initial establishment of the Museum began in April 1932. The descendants of J. kallergis donated the residence building of Dimitrios Kallergis.
The residence of Kallergis was built in 1830, and later in 1957, it was constructed suitable for a museum. In 1961, there was a new building addition which the French Archaeological school funded.
The Museum contains old pieces of pottery and sculptures. There is a woman figurine among its collection, which is one of the oldest sculptures representing a human body. The courtyard of the Museum has remarkable Roman mosaic tiles.
3. Heraion of Argos
Heraion of Argos, also known as the Sanctuary of Hera, is a prehistoric temple between Argon and Mycenae. Heraion of Argos is located 8 kilometers away from the city of Argon. It is considered to be the religious center of the goddess Hera.
There is no concrete base on the dating of the ruins, and it’s believed to have been in the 7th to 5th centuries. It is also assumed that the sanctuary of Hera was used even by the Romans. The sanctuary is built above three successive platforms.
There isn’t much left after the fire burnt down the temple. But the ruins of the gigantic pillars are a sight to see, which will leave you wondering about the civilization of that time.
2. Ancient Theater of Argos
The theater of Argos is located on the south side of Castle Hill, which is against Larissa Hill. It is an archeological site built in 3rd B.C during the Hellenistic Period.
The theater of Argos is considered to be the largest Greek theater that can accommodate 20,000 people. The Romans later renovated it, and hence it has the elements of Roman Architecture. The theater was used for hosting musical and drama events during Nemean Games. It was also an essential center for holding meetings.
One can witness the amazing masonry of carving directly made into the rocks. The theater also provides a fine view of Argos city, with pine trees and cypress trees surrounding the theater. The sanctuary of Aphrodite is settled right next to the theater.
1. Larissa Castle of Argos
Larissa Castle is 2 kilometers away from the city of Argos and is by far the most popular thing to do in Argos. It is located at Homonymous Larissa Hill. The castle is built at the city’s highest spot, which stands at 289(m). Larissa castle is believed to have been named after the daughter of mythological king Pelasgus, Larissa.
Larissa Castle dates back to the prehistoric period and has played a vital role in the Greek War of Independence. The Byzantines, Venetians, and Turks occupied it as a strategic military position.
In concoction with stories from the past, one can dazzle at the architecture and the ruins of the castle. From the top, you can experience a panoramic view of the City of Argos and the mountains.