Tolo & Asine

TOLO AND ASINE - Distance from Ermioni: 83 kms/1.25 hours

TOLO is a commercial tourist town by the sea, situated 10 kms South-West of Nafplio.  The main occupation of Tolo is tourism and fishing.  Tolo has some beautiful sandy beaches and is a seasonal resort offering the summer visitor numerous luxury hotels, traditional and modern tavernas, cafes and bars, where one can party or just relax.  In addition to the wonderful long sandy beaches and the clear warm water for swimming, there are many tourist shops, where the visitor can browse at leisure. 

The seasonal time is April until October, where the resort of Tolo gets very busy with visitors from home and abroad. For the driver, there is now a long one-way road system that takes you from the Ancient Asine area, through the town centre to the busy fishing port at the far end of the town.  After the summer season, most of Tolo closes and the 2,000 inhabitants continue with their daily lives of fishing and farming.  During late September or early October, the Trata feast takes place which is well worth a visit.  During this big celebration, all the people sing, dance, eat and drink, enjoying all the local products, including fresh sea food. 

ASINE (Ancient Asine) which today is also known as Kastraki, lies just 2 kms East of Tolo, at the far end of the curved bay, where camping and swimming can be enjoyed on a less crowded beach.  The first to give any information about the gulf of Tolo and Ancient Asine was Homer, where he described that together with Argos, Epidavros, Tiryns and Hermione, Asine took part in the Trojan War, with a total fleet of 80 ships that was led by King Diomedes.  Asine was destroyed by Argos in 740 BC because the city supported Sparta in its war against them.  The homeless citizens were offered new lands in Messenia by the Spartans and rebuilt their new city there, also naming it Asine. The original city and acropolis of Asine was later rebuilt, repopulated and continued to be a thriving commercial centre for its new occupants, as well as various invaders, for many hundreds of years.

Sections of the defensive walls and parts of the ancient acropolis are still standing today, particularly from the Macedonian period.  The visitor can climb onto the 52 metre high rock and view the remains of this ancient acropolis, fortifications and tombs, which are all from the Mycenaean, Macedonian and Roman periods.  Fortifications continued to be added to the whole acropolis during the Hellenistic, Byzantine and Venetian periods.  Even during the Second World War, trenches and defence works were built by the occupying Italian forces.  This whole area was excavated in the 1920's by Swedish archaeologists, and their findings showed that Asine had strong trade contacts with Athens, Sparta, the Southern Peloponnese and the Cyclades islands.  Most of the archaeological finds from Asine are exhibited at the new Archaeological Museum of the Peloponnese, in Syntagma Square, Nafplio. 

Location

Tolo Town & Resort
Greece
37° 31' 17.778" N, 22° 51' 38.3796" E
Picture Gallery
The first view of Tolo coming from Nafplio Tolo is a modern tourist resort with many ammenities The wide sandy beaches are a favourite with tourists The small port at the western end of the town Fishing is second only to tourism in Tolo The main street of Tolo is popular with visitors for shopping The small island of Koronisi in front of the town beach There are still a few traditional tavernas The peninsula and hill of ancient Asine Mycenaean walls are still visible near the entrance to Asine The Helenistic, Roman and Byzantine city by the main entrance The Macedonian bastion and walls on the eastern side of Asine Clear walkways leading up to the Acropolis The Acropolis of ancient Asine View of the eastern beaches of Tolo - used also for camping View of the mainland bay from the Acropolis of Asine