Ermioni - Mandrakia

Mandrakia is on the Southern side of the Ermioni peninsula.  It is a place where one can just sit in a cafe or bar, listen to music, or watch the world go by.  In the tavernas one can enjoy fresh fish, squid or octopus, served with a glass of local wine or the traditional ouzo, or if you want something more authentic, then try the local tzipouro.  As most of the shops and business amenities are situated on the Limani side of Ermioni, it means that Mandrakia is the place to go if you want a larger selection of tavernas, cafes, bars and clubsMandrakia is the liveliest part of Ermioni, as depending on the season, its nightlife goes on until the early hours of the morning for the young-at-heart.

Up until the early years of this Century, Mandrakia used to be the secondary port of Ermioni, with large ferries bringing visitors from Pireaus, docking at the jetty shown in the picture on the left, then continuing to Spetses, Porto Heli and finally Nafplio.  However, following a strict review of health and safety on all passenger sea travel, many of the drop-front ferries were withdrawn from service throughout Greece.  The flying dolphins and flying cats continue to service Ermioni, with the arrival and departure point now being at the Limani port only, however, there are no longer any sailings to Nafplio.  Today, many yacht flotillas visit and moor up along the Mandrakia harbour waterfront during the very busy summer months. Local fishing boats still contine to use the Mandrakia harbour, as well as amateur fishermen of all ages, trying their luck. Many local people still take their traditional evening stroll (volta) along the Mandrakia waterfront, before deciding where to dine. 

Mandraki is the Greek description for 'low walls', given to the small stone harbours that were visible along the original waterfront, before the new road and paved walkway was constructed.  Only three of the original Mandraki harbours remain, on the far Western side of the coastline.  Only one harbour is still in its original state, the other two have been modernised by the night clubs opposite, for the comfort of their patrons.  This part of Ermioni was the traditional boat building side of town, sadly only one remains today, in addition to being the home of the many fishermen and their boats during the 18th to mid 20th Century.  Today, some fishermen still use the Mandrakia waterfront to moor their traditional fishing boats, clean and unload their catch and dry their nets along the waterfront. However, it shows how much Ermioni used to rely on the sea for its survival and development. 

The main harbour jetty of Mandrakia (pictured above) is also the pick-up point for scuba diving, which is carried out from the small Kapari islet, just across from the Mandrakia harbour.  This small islet gives its name to the whole Bay to the South of Mandrakia. The Internationally recognised Kallianos Diving Centre can organise this scuba diving experience for you, offering exciting dives whether you are an experienced diver or just a beginner.

At Mandrakia's Western end, you can walk along the road that climbs to the ancient Hill of Pronos. This is where the original town of Ancient Hermione was located, with a commercial harbour in the Kapari Bay below.  Today, children and adults alike, fly their kites from this hill on 'Clean Monday', where traditional music and dancing takes place.  At the top of the Hill of Pronos is the church of Aghia ErmionI (pictured left) built in 1754, on the foundations of an ancient temple to the goddess Hera.  This hilltop position commands fantastic views of Mandrakia, Limani and the Bisti peninsula, as well as the islands of Dokos and Hydra beyond Kapari Bay.   

Location

Ermioni Mandrakia
Ermionida Argolida Peloponnese
Greece
37° 23' 1.9788" N, 23° 14' 49.1424" E
Picture Gallery
Mandrakia harbour during the late '60s Mandrakia harbour front from an elevated position The tavernas, cafes and bars on the Mandrakia harbour A view towards Hydra island from Mandrakia Mandrakia water front Some local fishing boats at Mandrakia A traditional Ermioni fishing boat Houses and tavernas line the Mandrakia waterfront Perfect place to relax at a bar and look out to sea The lively Mandrakia with tavernas, cafes and bars Visiting yachts at Mandrakia The Mandrakia anchor - on the coastal road to the Bisti Kapari bay looking westward to Kouverta The sun slowly going down over Mandrakia The Mandrakia waterfront before sunset Sunset over Kapari bay from Mandrakia Take a seat - relax and enjoy the view Sit and watch the fishermen bring in their catch One of the original Mandrakia harbours Only three Mandrakia harbours have survived It's best to stay in the shade when it's hot The last Ermioni boatbuilder at the eastern end of Mandrakia Scuba diving at Kapari island - opposite Mandrakia Enjoy some lunch on the small island of Kapari after your dive Mandrakia - Michalis - Traditional taverna Mandrakia - Kati Psinetai - Modern taverna and cafe Mandrakia - Millennium - Modern bar Mandrakia - Kavos - Classic fresh fish taverna Mandrakia - Tzieries - Traditional family taverna The ancient commercial port area of Hermione Ancient harbour mole breaking above the raised water-level Map showing the Southern Mandrakia coastline of Ermioni