THE PELOPONNESE AT YOUR DOORSTEP
Kiveri is a charming seaside village with a population of around one thousand occupants. The inhabitants' major occupations include fishing, farming, and cattle-breeding, while tourism has recently grown in popularity. Concerning the village's name – Kiveri comes from the Greek term kivernisi, which means government – it is thought that the name was given to the region when governor Kapodistrias maintained his headquarters here for a short time. The main attraction for tourists in Kiveri is usually the beach, which is one of the best and bluest of the Argolidikos Bay. Another reason tourists stop by here is the “Anavalos'' spring and drinkable water coming from underneath the sea. Kiveri has local-run shops, cafes, bakery, and tavernas.
ANAVALOS - the Boutique Hotel Experience is located in a very special place; according to Greek mythology, the god of the seas - Poseidon (son of goddess Rhea and the king of Titans Kronos) - was born just here in Anavalos.
Argolida region around Kiveri has plenty of shops, cafes, bakeries, restaurants, bars, and beaches, but must visit city is Nafplio. The ancient city of Nafplio is located on the other side of the Argolida bay and can be seen from ANAVALOS. This was the first official capital city of Greece before Athens. Nafplio has picturesque alleys and plenty of tourist attractions. It is only a 15-minute drive or bus ride away and perfect for a day trip.
One of the main attractions for tourists looking to spend some time outside on a pleasant day is walking around the old town, or if you are looking for something more challenging, the Palamidi Fortress is a site that overlooks the entire bay. To reach the fortress, one must walk up the 999 steps to the top, or simply drive up by car. The entrance fee is 8€. Once inside, you can visit the 8 bastions and go all around the fortress.
If you are interested in history, you might want to visit the Archaeological Museum which has exhibits varying from the Neolithic period, the Classical period, and many others.
The Bourtzi Castle is another historic site. This castle is a fortress built at the entrance of the port to prevent invasions.
Only a 30-minute drive away is the famous hub of the Mycenaeans, home to 30,000 people from the 1600s to 1100s BCE which was a major center of Greek civilization. The Mycenaeans are the first Greeks, in other words, they were the first people to speak the Greek language. Mycenaean culture dominated mainland Greece, the Aegean islands, and the shores of Asia Minor during the late Bronze Age era. This national treasure rose to glory when King Agamemnon took power. The city had suffered multiple invasions and the city-state was put into ruins after several disasters. What is left of Mycenae now is mostly ruins, but some parts of the city-state have been kept in great condition after it was discovered in 1870 AD. The ruins are known for the Cyclopean Walls, the Lion’s Gate, the Tomb of Agamemnon, the Mycenaean Royal Palace as well as the site’s museum.