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Jul27

Beaches in Paralio Astros



Paralio Astros has become a very popular destination in Arcadia, it is 160 km from Athens, 32 km from Nafplio and 35 km from Tripoli and it boasts about its lovely beaches of 14 km length!



 

 
Old Inn
 
 
Coming from Nafplio, Argos or from Athens and as we have crossed a lot of the coastline of the Argolic bay, before reaching Paralio Astros we see the beach which is 4 km long. The first beach we meet is the beach of the Old Inn (Paliohano-Παλιόχανο). It took its name from the stone building with the arch and the loopholes around it. It is estimated that it was built in 1660 and it is said that it was an inn, a place where the travellers and their animals stopped to get some rest.





The Beach of Old Inn



The beach as you can see in the photo is sandy and the sea is very shallow for a long distance, thing which makes it especially convenient for families with children.







As we go farther we reach the Kato Vervena beach or Batarola with the same ground and sea morphology. Then after we cross the bridge and the campsite we are at Atsiganos beach. The beach is also sandy and the sea a little deeper. There you can find the children's camp.

All this coastline has sea trees, palm trees and it consits of sand. It is equipped with canteens and shops which provide umbrellas, sunbeds, showers and changing rooms.



In Paralio Astros and heading to the theatre, behind the mermaid statue there is a small beach and at the theatre people who like jumping into the water or diving from the rocks can have a go there!
 


 



Kallisto Beach

At the other side of the harbour, as you can see in the picture above, there is Kallisto beach which goes up to the end of the pedestrian street. Along the beach there are lots of cafes and restaurants which provide umbrellas, sunbeds, showers and changing rooms where you can enjoy your meals and drinks. The beach consists of thicker sand and the sea is a little deeper. In addition there are life guards towers for even more safety.
 

 
 

Plaz Kallisto



In this picture you can see how beach Kallisto or "Plaz Kallisto" was at the beginning of the '70s, the first equipped beach in Paralio Astros and among the first ones in the Argolic Bay.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





Portes Beach
 


After the beach Kallisto, there is Portes beach which took its name from the area "Portes" of Meligou. It is a very long beach and there are equipped canteens and stores and a lifeguard tower. The waters are deeper and cooler and you can also find sand areas after the camping. You can also see a small stone harbour where, according to the legend, Paris met the beautiful Helen. But in fact these are the walls of a small river which flowed into the sea. You can also see the gates which are buried into the sand. 
 
If you walk a bit farther you can try nudism, as it is unofficially a nude beach, so do not be surprised.
 
 
 
 

Jul05

Portes beach, one of the most popular beaches in Eastern Peloponese


Portes beach near lake Moustos for water-sports  - Paralio Astros



Portes beach (which means gates) has become very popular in eastern Peloponese. Long stretches with clear, crystal sea for all tastes. The beach took its name from two big gates which were placed to hold the waters of two rivers. These gates still exist buried into the sand and some of the locals really know where they are. During the summer when the sea level is lower they can be seen by those who know of course.

Portes beach in Paralio Astros


Along Portes beach there are equipped canteens and sea trees (tamarix) where you can enjoy  your day and the see breeze. The afternoon is the favourite time of the water-sports lovers as the wind starts to blow and you can also spend your time looking at the skills and tricks of kite & wind surfers.


At the small stone-built harbour at Portes, Paris met Helen of Troy according to the legend. Today the truth is that these stones are the walls of one of the rivers which flowed into the sea. And who knows... you may discover those "gates" on your own.

From that place if you walk along the beach you wiil arrive at lake Moustos's mouth. The sea is deeper and it is a secret nudity area, so don't be surprised!

Paralio Astros is the place where you can do everything from extreme activities to more relaxing ones like fishing or wandering in the small streets on the hill or island and walking along the main cobbled pedestrian area. 








Jun16

Paralio Astros, the ornament of Arcadia

 
The statue of mermaid Stheno guards the harbour and it is an attraction.
 
 
 
Paralio Astros ithe ornament of coastal Arcadia with its clear waters, long beaches and the castle on the top of the hill. It is in eastern Peloponese in the Argolic bay. 
 
The name "Astros" means star because the peninsula where Paralio Astros is located looks like a star. In the ancient years the hill of this place or 'Island' by the locals was surrounded by sea.
 
On the top of the hill can be seen the medieval castle. It was a fortress and it could communicate with other castles with fires. In 1256 it was fortified and improved by William Villehardouin, sovereign of Ahaia princedom, to submit the Tsakones - rebellious people of the area. So it took the name Castello della Estella which means star castle. During the Greek revolution against the turks it was used as a fortress by the Zafiropoulos brothers, which had an important role for the area.
 
Below the castle there is the church of Virgin Mary, its existence is estimated in 1256, since Villehardouin's time. It is a simple, beautiful temple with a nice view to the sea.
Another thing that a visitor can see and admire is the special, stone building of the Lighthouse. It started to work in 1893 and it belongs to the lighthouses service of Military Navy. It does not work anymore but there is another lighthouse on the other side of the hill.
 
 
 
 
 
 
The open theatre hosts a lot of performances, music and dance festivals, concerts and other things. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In the nearby town, Astros, 3km from Paralio Astros, there is the archaeological museum with important exhibits and statues from the area. Unfortunately it is closed because of some damage from the earthquake in January 2008. Today a lot of effort is being made to open its gates to the public.
 
The area has got a lot of places of interest such as Moustos lake, the picturesque mountain villages of North Kinouria like Agiannis, St Petros, Kastri, Prastos, Kastanitsa and many others. The monasteries of Loukou, Paliopanagia and Malevi. Beautiful long beaches and nice fish villages. So Paralio Astros can be a starting point for everything!!
 
 

Beach Portes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Jun16

Paralio Astros feels like an island

 
 
A view of the "island"of Paralio Astros
 
 
 
Paralio Astros is located in Peloponese, North Kinouria municipality and it is a popular holiday destination which combines sea and mountain in case someone wants to visit the picturesque, mountain villages of North Kinouria. It is 32 km from  Nafplio, 42 from Tripolis and about 2 hours (165 km) from Athens by car.
 
In the past 20 years it has had a growing touristic development and the reconstruction of its harbour proves this. It provides a great variety of hotels and other accommodation for all budgets. 
 
 
Paralio Astros took its name from the peninsula hill which is star shaped. On the top of the hill it is located the medieval castle which was built in the 15th century. It was called Castello della Estella which means the castle of the star. During the Greek revolution in 1821, it was used as a fortress by Zafiropoulos brothers for their fight against the Turks. The visitors can enjoy its view especially at night when it is illuminated and it can travel you back in time.
 
The castle on the top of the hill
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Paralio Astros definitely gives an island impression with the stone houses which are built amphitheatrically on the hill, with the fishing boats and the clear, blue sea. Near the square, in the main cobbled street, the visitors can wander around the shops. 
 
But what Paralio Astros boasts most are the long beaches. They are up to 14 km long in two different sides with equipped canteens and stores. 
 
This place also has a lot of local products from the whole area, like dairy products, traditional homemade pasta, honey, homemade jams and sweets, mountain tea and lots of other herbs. In addition there is a big variety of local fruit and vegetables always fresh which can be found in the markets around and of course fresh fish!
 
 
Fishing boats in the harbour
 
 
But what about those who love good food? Paralio is also a food paradise; there is a great number of restaurants and taverns where visitors can sample exquisite different tastes of Greek cuisine and others.
 
These are some of the things that make Paralio Astros a must-see place.