Porto Heli offers the opportunity for beyond spaces explorations.
Dubbed the Greek ‘Riviera’, Porto Heli is an exclusive town in the prefecture of Argolida, on the eastern side of the Peloponnese. Internationally renowned for the pine-covered shores that surround it and its pleasant Mediterranean climate, Porto Heli is built around a natural cove, providing shelter for the yachts that regularly make their appearance in its blue waters. Cruises are the order of the day, with so many exciting islands and destinations to choose from. Spetses and Hydra are a magnet for the yachting set, while numerous secluded coves give new meaning to the notion of swimming incognito. The Peloponnesian coastline boasts beaches that are regularly awarded the Blue Flag, with Agios Aimilianos, Chinitsa, Ververonda Lake, and Costa spoiling for choice.
There is no better place to unwind, after a long day soaking the sun, than in one of Porto Heli’s elegant restaurants, traditional taverns or laid back ouzeri. Fresh fish, home grown vegetables, and lobster, the hallmark of the region’s cuisine, epitomize culinary distinction.
South of Porto Heli, on the southernmost cape in the Argolida, Agios Emilianos takes its name from a chapel with a good view of Spetses. Hidden in the lush surroundings are the summer homes of famous Greeks and foreigners and isolated sandy beaches where you can enjoy the clear, warm waters.
Ermioni – Kilada – Kranidi
Small and tidy on its peninsula, Ermioni resembles a piney island. Its famous tavernas serving delicious fresh fish, followed by dancing late into the night and sometimes on the tables. In the 5th century BC, Ermioni was known for its production of royal purple derived from the murex sea snail and reserved for the use of royalty. Its influence has resonated down the millennia, hence the phrase ‘to the purple born’, still the modern vernacular.
Kranidi, is a small town with neoclassical buildings, narrow streets stone walls decked with flowers and well-tended windmills topped with colorful roofs. Kranidi perches on rocky hills enriched by the pine forest of Agia Anna and overlooks the entire area, mollifying the wild landscape of the Peloponnese.
A few minutes’ drive from Porto Heli is the village of Kilada, famous for its prawns and the handsome shipyard. The fishing boats you will find bobbing in the harbor are a characteristic picture.
Nafplion – Mycenae – Epidauros – Monemvasia
Porto Heli, however, is not just about the dolce vita. Daytime excursions to Nafplion, Mycenae, Epidauros, and Monemvasia appeal to the refined and the sophisticated, who wish to explore some of Greece’s most important archaeological and historical sites.
Porto Heli will astound you with its great natural beauty. Set sail, wear your hiking boots or breathe in the pine-filled air. Then return to one of the Beyond Spaces villas, where more beauty and new experiences await you.