We signed up for a kayak tour of the sunken city near Epidavros during our recent trip to Greece. We were staying in Nafplion for a few days, and it sounded interesting. But to be honest...I had my doubts. Our “Greece trip” was heavily loaded with serious history sites…off the beaten path places where we are generally the only ones there. Think Mystras, Monemvasia, Hosios Loukas.
On the surface, this didn’t fit the bill.
We’re experienced kayakers, but even so, Alex’s introductory explanation taught me things I’d never known…how to properly hold the paddles, stroking techniques, the importance of holding your frame. All very helpful things that I will use in the future. Later that evening I noticed that I had NONE of the normal aches and pains following a day’s kayaking. Thanks to Alex!
The site itself was pretty amazing. The small theatre in Epidavros is interesting…but I could have spent the entire day poring over the sunken city remains. It was just spectacular! You are basically viewing a port city from the Classical Age (maybe earlier) complete with loading docks, walls, large storage amphorae, etc. It’s all about 8 feet below the surface, and easily visible.
It turned out to be one of the highlights of our trip! We’ll definitely be back next year for one of the others.
Bottom line: We had an absolute BLAST. I’d do this again in a heartbeat.
Very nicely done Alex!
PS For those of you apprehensive about the level of physical exertion: I’m 62 years old and in reasonable, but not in spectacular shape. Had absolutely no problem! On the other hand I’m a good swimmer. If you can’t swim, you may want to rethink this trip – only because you won’t appreciate the sunken city – which is really a jewel!