Ermioni - Limani

Ermioni is a beautiful Greek coastal town, situated in the Ermionida area of the Argolida (Argolis) region of the Peloponnese, Greece.  It is two and a half hours drive South-West of Athens International airport, and two hours by boat from the port of Piraeus.  It is central to many places of historical and cultural interest.
 
Ermioni is divided into 3 sections for all our info.  Limani is located on the Northern side and is the commercial port, with the lively Mandrakia on the Southern side of the pennisula.   At the far end of the town, at the Eastern point, is the pine-cladded forest area called Bisti which is an open-air archaeological site.  Here one can enjoy leisurely walks at any time of the day, as there is plenty of shade from the sun.  Also, you can swim in the clear blue sea from the rocky coves along the Southern side of the Bisti, which overlook the islands of Dokos and Hydra.  The sea surrounds the town from 3 sides, giving the feel of being on an island, but without the possibility of being stranded in adverse weather conditions.
 
Ermioni is referred to as a seaside town of captivating beauty. We find this is true because it still remains authentically Greek, traditional, charming, hospitable and friendly.  For the visitor to Ermioni, there are numerous commercial amenities around the Limani port, banks, ATM machines, pharmacies, doctors, dentists, physiotherapists, tourist office (for car-hire and boat tickets), real estate offices (for buying land or property in and around Ermioni), post office, taxis, buses to Kranidi and Kosta, assorted shops, supermarkets, beauty salons, hairdressers, barbers, internet cafes, nightclubs, cafes, bars and tavernas.  There is also a colourful weekly farmers market on Thursday mornings only, selling assorted fresh fish and fresh produce, various clothing, footwear and domestic household items.  People come from all parts of Ermionida and nearby islands to enjoy this outdoor shopping experience. 
 
Limani port is usually the first point of arrival to Ermioni for most visitors, whether by road or by sea.  One will find accommodation and holiday Rentals available in small hotels, hotel apartments and studios, various pensions and private modern or traditional Greek houses.   All will provide a warm and friendly service to any visitor, as well as the many tavernas, cafes and bars along the waterfront.   A hire car is advisable to travel around, as Ermioni is an ideal base for exploring the many historical sites and cultural towns and villages in the surrounding Argolida region.  Some interesting places to visit nearby in Out and About are Kilada, Thermisia, Iliokastro, Loukaiti, Kranidi, Porto Heli, Kosta, Fourni and Didyma, all of which are close by.  However, you may wish to go further afield to Places to Visit such as Nafplio, once the capital of Greece, Epidavros, Kazarma, Tiryns, Mycenae, Argos, Asine, Tolo, Galatas, Trizina, Methana, Isthmia, Ancient Corinth and the Corinth Canal. Take the opportunity to explore the pre-historic cave at Franchthi and the caves at Didyma, go rock climbing on Lizard Rock at Thermisia, go walking through the gorge of Katafyki, or just relax on the many nearby beaches and swim in the crystal clear blue sea. If you wish to explore the nearby islands, then the Argo-Saronic islands of Hydra, Spetses and Poros are just a short boat ride away from Ermioni.  All three of these islands have their own individual character and will offer you a slightly different holiday experience.
 
A new luxury super-yacht Marina is planned to be constructed in Ermioni, planned to be operational by Autumn 2019.  Located at the Limani outer harbour, opposite the Ermioni Hermes football ground and alongside the road leading up to the church of Aghios Gerasimos (pictured above) and the Milos cafe-bar on Krothi Hill.  Building plans have been approved and the area fenced off, with construction work due to commence end of 2017.  Operated by specialists Camper & Nicholsons, the exclusive marina will blend discretely into a natural safe harbour and will accommodate more than 120 yachts, up to 65m in length.  The complex will have its own bars, restaurants and shops, in addition to a swimming pool and chandlery.  The new Marina will also provide a much needed 5-star facility for existing and prospective property owners in Ermionida, with a secure place to berth their yachts.  Visiting smaller yachts and flotillas also have numerous places to anchor within the inner Limani harbour, or along the Southern Mandrakia waterfront.
 
For anyone who is experienced in scuba diving or someone who wishes to sample a begginer's course, then Ermioni is classed as having the best International scuba diving centre in the whole Ermionida area, with diving from the small nearby islet of Kapari. 
 
The town's war memorial is situated in the main square, in front of the tourist office, and is the main focal point of the Limani waterfront.  From this point one can wander up Taxiarches street to the Old Village of Ermioni, situated on the crest of the hill.  Explore some of the back streets and see the local people going about their everyday lives, of which many will greet you with a warm friendly "Yassas".  The old village has the Ermioni Museum and Library, the Ermioni Toy Museum, the Byzantine Metropolitan church of Taxiarches (Archangels) and Panaghia (Holy Virgin).  One of the main streets also includes the Melina Mercouri street, named after the famous late Greek actress, singer and culture minister, who as a child, visited her grandfathers house in Ermioni.
 
An important factor is that Ermioni has changed little over the last number of years, both in its appearance and in continuing to keep the local civic, historic and religious festivals and traditions alive, especially to the growing younger generation.  If you have the time to visit in the Spring, then the Greek Orthodox Easter is a wonderful experience, as it is the main festival celebrated throughout Greece.
 
FURTHER INFORMATION:
 
  • If you want to see the best sunset over Ermioni, then a walk or drive up to the Milos Cafe is a must.  The Milos Cafe is situated on Krothi Hill opposite the Limani harbour.  Sit and relax with an exotic cocktail, and watch the sun slowly go down over the town, the sea, the surrounding hills and distant mountains. 
  • Fresh fish can be bought daily from the local fishermen along the Limani waterfront, from a shop by the war memorial, or from the weekly Thursday market, located by the school adjacent to the Limani harbour.
  • Wi-Fi is available in many cafes, bars and tavernas along Limani and Mandrakia, as well as the Library in the old village.

FURTHER READING:

'Beyond the Acropolis - A Rural Greek Past'  by Tjeerd van Andel and Curtis Runnels  AMAZON  About ancient Hermione and region.

'Papas' Greece'  by Tessa and Bill Papas  AMAZON   An affectionate look at life in Ermioni and Greece in the late 1960s and 70s.

Location

Ermioni Limani
Ermionida Argolida Peloponnese
Greece
37° 23' 7.5048" N, 23° 14' 55.8636" E
Picture Gallery
Map of Ermioni Limani port during the late '60s Limani port during the mid '70s Ermioni viewed from the Milos Cafe Limani harbour of Ermioni Limani waterfront from Agios Gerasimos Limani harbour from Agios Gerasimos Old village of Ermioni on the crest of the hill Panaramic view of Limani harbour from Pronos hill Fishermen mending their nets at Limani Fishing boats in Limani harbour The larger fishing boats Colourful leisure craft at Limani The 'Flying Cat' arriving in Ermioni The 'Flying Dolphin' bringing visitors to Ermioni   A visiting flotilla in Limani harbour Limani port side of Ermioni Fishing boats in the inner harbour Limani port from the Milos Cafe on Krothi Hill Limani port from Pronos Hill Assorted boats around Limani harbour Getting ready to visit Hydra and Poros Central Limani waterfront with tavernas and cafes Eastern Limani waterfront with tavernas and bars Ready for something to eat? The central square, plateia, with the war memorial Car Hire available from the Tourist office The memorial looking towards the main street Limani main street leading to the Bisti Ermioni taxis at your service Fishing boats in front of the central Limani area Looking towards the western waterfront area Kiosks sell drinks, snacks and ice-cream Thursday morning farmers market in Ermioni Fresh vegetables available at the market Fresh fish for all tastes at the Thursday market Local home grown produce Anyone for watermelons? Shoes and sandals to fit everyone Enjoy the colourful atmosphere