Epidavros

Epidavros is a very popular harbor, so in order to get a spot there, we had to be there around 14.00. From Vathi it should take approximately 2,5 hours to get there. We had a slow morning, and stopped in a nice bay close by Epidavros for a swim to cool down from the heat. The remains of an old house was supposed to be seen under the surface, but we could not find them. But at least all of us got a nice and long swim.
Epidavros harbor
Arriving in the harbor of Epidavros, we got one of the few available spots. As we were at shore at lunchtime, we decided to make it easy and just buy some gyros.

One of the great attractions nearby is the old Epidaurus Theater. It is about 30 min drive from the port, and it usually cost 40€ to have a taxi drive you and pick you up again. It is recommended to spend at least 1,5 hours there. It would have been great to see this enormous ancient theater, but the heat set us back, so we relaxed partly in the shadow at the beach, or out in the cooling water instead.

In the evening we had dinner at a great restaurant called To Perivoli, meaning under the oranges. It was a few minutes walk away from the harbor, situated in a beautiful back yard with orange trees (surprise, surprise…!) We could go to the kitchen and point out what we wanted to order, and chose some mixed grilled meat and seafood, and some chicken in lemon sauce. For starters we had Cheese Zaganaki (fried cheese) with honey and sesame seeds, and also some fried small fish. Everything was really tasty, and we certainly did not go to bed feeling hungry.
To Perivoli restaurant
The next morning we woke up to a magnificent sunrise, accompanied by the calming sound of the small fishing boats going out for today’s catch.
Sunrise
A few of us went for a walk, leading us to an old amphitheater (not to be mistaken for the big one) and further to the Church of Virgin Mary on the top of a hill.
Amphitheater
Overall Epidavros is a very pictorial harbor, with charming streets and squares, and some nice sights. I regret that we did not go to Epidaurus Theater, but if I am ever nearby again, I will definitely do that!
Overview of Epidavros

Athens

Arriving at the bus station in Athens very early in the morning, I decided to take a taxi to Sea View Hotel in Glyfada where my friends had checked in the night before.

Glyfada is a suburb in the southern part of Athens, also known as Athens Riviera. We started out easy, and just walked down to the beach just across the street from the hotel. We had to pay 4€ entrance fee, but that included the sun bed, very nice toilets and changing facilities. The area also had a pleasant restaurant. We spent most of the day just relaxing and cooling down in the fresh seawater.

When in Athens, a visit to the Acropolis is a must. The site is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and consist of several ancient buildings. Most of the ones that are still standing today was originally built during the 5th century BC. This includes the Parthenon, dedicated to the goddess Athena.
Amphiteather
Parthenon

Details Partgenon
Porch of the Caryatids
As the structures are very old and fragile, quite a few of them needs to be supported to stand up. In addition to the remarkable ruins, you have an awesome view of the city.
Fantastic view of Athens
Walking down from the hill, we walked through the historical area of Plaka. This area is built on top of the former residential area of the ancient town of Athens, and you pass many old ruins as you wander around.

There is off course so many other things to experience in Athens, but sadly we had quite limited time before moving on to our journey at sea.