Archangelos

Archangelos is one of the most characteristic and picturesque coastal settlements in the Peloponnese. Its low-key charm, along with its Blue Flag beach, attracts people looking for a relaxing holiday; it’s particularly suitable for families.

Fishing caiques that dock in the village port every night keep the restaurants well-supplied with fresh fish.

The village was founded in 1811 by Bishop Chrysanthos Pagonis, who described the site as “most pleasing”. Today there is a hotel, rooms to rent and friendly cafe-bars.

Archangelos’ central position provides easy access to most of the important sights in the region, for day trips to Monemvasia, Neapoli, Elafonisos, the villages of the Asopos area, Molai and Gerakas.

 

Access

Archangelos is the seaport for the village of Daimonia, accessible from two directions.

The first is from the north, along the road from Papadianika to Neapoli. About 10 km after Papadianika, turn right at the coastal church of Aghia Marina and follow the shoreline past Daimonia coast.

If approaching from Neapoli or Monemvasia, turn left down towards the coast three kilometers after Elika.

There is plenty of parking space on the perimeter of the village, with parking for tourist coaches 200 m. past the square.

Kyparissi

Long before reaching Kyparissi, it is clear that one is entering no ordinary landscape. Leaving behind the village of Harakas, as one reaches Stavros, an awe-inspiring vista opens up, as if the Parnon mountain range has been cut with a huge knife, forming a cliff face that drops down into the Myrtoon Sea.

The next 7 kilometres or so to Vrysi, the first of Kyparissi’s three settlements, is magical. No less magical are the views of the other two settlements, Paralia and Mitropoli. Clean streets, whitewashed courtyards, island architecture, hospitable people, with the tree-clad slopes of Parnon as a backdrop.

The biggest beach, Megali Ammos, is right in the settlement; a little further north is Aghia Kyriaki. Others might find their own little paradise on Drymiskos beach.

The Carved Asclepium and the walls of Ancient Kyphanta bear witness to Kyparissi’s long history. Meanwhile the surrounding mountain range has a number of interesting hiking trails. Rock climbing enthusiasts will find several routes, although the climbing area is still being developed.

Kyparissi has a number of accommodation options, as well as restaurants and cafes to cater for hundreds of visitors.

 

Access

Kyparissi is 23 km from Riechia, which is approached either from Molai via Metamorphosi or from Monemvasia via Gerakas.

There is plenty of parking space in the centre of the settlement of Paralia.