Posts include information about Ermioni, Ermionida and the Argolida region

Constantine II 1940-2023

Constantine II, the last king of Greece before the royal monarchy was abolished, died on Tuesday 10th January 2023, aged 82.  After experiencing breathing problems, Constantine had been taken to a

Golden Visas

A new law has sparked a rush for Golden Visas in Greece.  Following PM Mitsotakis' announcement at the Thessaloniki International Fair in September that the cost of acquiring a Golden Visa would rise from 250,000 to 500,000 euros, foreign buyers are snapping up real estate to obtain residency permits before the limit rises on Sunday 1st January 2023.  Golden Vis

Glass Onion: Knives Out

The Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery film sequel was released in November 2022.  The Glass Onion film's production designer Rick Heinrichs fell in love with a luxury hotel complex called Amanzoe, near Porto Heli and Kranidi, and used views from multiple villas to create a CGI island.  As the Amanzoe luxury hotel is located in the middle of Ermionida, Rick had to depend on visual e

Pomegranate Festival

The 11th annual Ermioni Pomegranate Festival was held on 29th and 30th October 2022, with the famous historic pomegranates of Ermioni that were the star attractions over the weekend.   The Festiv

Smyrna Refugees in Ermioni

On Sunday 5th October 1922, Autumn dawned and the local weather was cloudy.  At the entrance of the Ermioni port, opposite the Bisti, the ocean liner IOANNIS ANDROU was anchored.  The ship had set off from the port of Antalya with 5,000 women, children and old people looking for refuge from their pain and misery.  Seeing Ermioni, they sing the Hellenic National Anthem with emotion as

Mitsas Memorial

On Sunday 25th September 2022, the community of Ermioni, with the Municipality of Ermionida, unveiled a white marble bust of the Colonel and MP of Ermioni Antonis Mitsas.  The bust was unveiled due to the kind

'Armata' Bicentenary

On Saturday 10th September 2022 the Argo-Saronic island of Spetses commemorated the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Spetses, which occured during the Greek War of Independence (1821-1829).  The famous naval battle against the Ottoman fleet took place from 8th to 13th September 1822 and has been recorded as one of the most important events of the Revolution.  The Municipality organ

Smyrna Centenary

The month of September marks the 100th Anniversary since the 'Smyrna Catastrophe', when Ottoman Greeks and Armenians were forced to flee the cosmopolitan city of Smyrna due to a fire set by Turkish forces led by Mustafa Kemal Pasha.  It was an event of such enormous importance for modern Greece, adding yet another unforgettable and tragic milestone to its long history.  A terrifying blaze, called th

Queen Elizabeth II 1926-2022

Queen Elizabeth II, the United Kingdom's longest serving monarch, died at Barmoral aged 96, after reigning for 70 years.  The Queen died peacefully on Thursday 8th September at her Scottish estate, where she had spent much of the summer.  The Queen came to the throne in 1952 and witnessed enormous social change.  Her son, King Charles III, said the death of his beloved mother was a moment of great sa

New AERO Catamarans

On Monday 8th August 2022, Hellenic Seaways started operating three newly built catamarans on their Saronic Gulf routes.  These will connect Piraeus with the nearby islands of Aegina and Agistri as well as Poros, Hydra, Spetses and mainland Ermioni and Porto Heli.  Attica Group, which serves the routes through its subsidiary, Hellenic Seaways, paid 21 million euros for the three Norwegia