If you happen to be in the area in summertime, it is a memorable experience to watch an ancient tragedy or comedy in the theatre that is symbol of Greek and Western civilization. Here, where ancient drama was revived for the first time in the Modern Age, after a silence lasting seventeen centuries. Most performances have super-titles in English.

The revival took place in 1938 with Sophocles’ play Electra, directed by Dimitris Rontiris. The next production was Euripides’ Hippolytos, staged in 1954. This was the “dress rehearsal” for the Epidavros Festival, which was inaugurated in 1955 with Euripides’ Hecuba, directed by Alexis Minotis, towering figure of the Greek theatre. Two years later, in 1957, Alexis Solomos, another major homme de théâtre, directed Aristophanes’ Ekklesiazousai, with which Attic Comedy returned to the ancient Theatre.

Epidavros immediately became the field of artistic emulation, as the revival of ancient drama was object of experimentations in pursuit of a model of stage direction and interpretation that respected the ancient text and the venue. In 1960 Maria Callas sang the title role in Bellini’s Norma, inaugurating the performance of opera in the theatre, which was soon followed by ballet. This brought conductors such as Herbert von Karajan and choreographers such as Pina Bausch to Epidavros.

Over the first twenty years the productions of ancient drama were of the Greek National Theatre. Since 1975 other important theatre companies of Greece have appeared at Epidavros, each making its own distinctive mark. Since 1982, foreign directors too have presented their views on ancient drama, with excellent companies and directors such as Peter Hall, Peter Stein and others. Other classic works of the world theatrical repertoire have been performed, such as Sam Mendes’ production of Shakespeare’s Richard the Third, with Kevin Spacey in the title role. Among Greek actors of international fame who have appeared at Epidavros are Melina Mercouri and Irene Pappa.


Music-loving visitors to Epidavros in July will be well rewarded by a notable musical event hosted in the small Theatre of Ancient Epidavros. “Μikri Epidavros”, as the fourth-century BC theatre is popularly known, is located in the settlement of Archaia Epidavros, which stands on the site of the ancient city of Epidavros.

Trial re-operation of the monument began with a small festival in 1995, on the initiative of Christos Lambrakis, who was an important figure in the cultural life of Greece. This was organized by the “Friends of Music” Association of the Athens Concert Hall, in collaboration with the Municipality of Epidavros. The terms of use of the monument were stipulated by the ministries of Culture and of Tourism.

The festival known as “Musical July” quickly established a reputation, attracting sponsors and distinguished performers. In 2002 its organization was put under the umbrella of the Hellenic Festival, which is responsible for the Epidavros Festival held in the much larger Theatre of the Asklepieion of Epidavros.

The Theatre of Ancient Epidavros hosts concerts of classical, contemporary and traditional music, theatrical monologues, and so on.

Leading Greek singers have performed there, among them Maria Farandouri, Charis Alexiou and Giorgos Dalaras. Of the foreign artists who have appeared we mention indicatively the famous American pianist Stephen Kovacevich, the Spaniard Paco Peña with his ensemble in a concert of flamenco music with guitar, song and dance, Ι Solisti Veneti in a programme of Baroque music under conductor Claudio Scimone.

In 1998 the exhibition “Agritourism in Epidavros” was included in the “Musical July” event. Organized by the Municipality of Epidavros and the Regional Administration of the Peloponnese, it takes place in the small harbour of Archaia Epidavros, attracting producers, cottage industries, small enterprises and other initiatives. Visitors have the opportunity to sample excellent products of the Peloponnese: olive oil and olives, marmalades, local cheeses, honey, wine and so on.


Epidavros Virtual Tour


Epidavros Virtual Tour



Athens, a modern metropolis, a european capital, a nest for all the Mediterranean cultures. Athens, the meeting point of East and West, the harbor of everyone, who still loves passionately life! There are so many different ways to describe and analyse Athens, that any given effort to do a short depiction of the city is nothing but a try doomed to fail. Nevertheless, we will try to underline some of the main characteristics of the city of Athens. Visit Virtual Tour


Knossos was undeniably the capital of Minoan Crete and is the site of one of the most important and better known palaces of Minoan civilisation. Knossos was inhabited for several thousand years, beginning with a neolithic settlement sometime in the seventh millennium BC, and was abandoned after its destruction in 1375 BC which marked the end of Minoan civilization. It was damaged several times during earthquakes, invasions, and in 1450 BC by the colossal volcanic eruption of Thera, and the invasion of Mycenaeans who used it as their capital, while they were ruling the island of Crete until 1375 BC. Knossos was ruled by the dynasty of King Minos and is connected with thrilling legends, such as the myth of the Labyrinth with the Minotaur. Visit Virtual Tour


Known from the Homeric myth, as the mythical island of Phaeacians where the shipwrecked Odysseus was soothed by princess Nausika, Corfu continues to welcome visitors from all around the world. Be a synchronous Odysseus and follow the new destination of YouGoCulture initiative. Having the Central Corfu and its old town which is in the list of the Unesco World Heritage Sites, a journey begins in the history, the traditions and the unique beauties of the island. Visit Virtual Tour


Situated in continental Greece on Mount Parnassus, Delphi was considered to be one of the most important cities of ancient Greece. It was believed to be home to the goddess Gaia, or Earth, and later to Apollo after slaying Gaia’s son, the snake Python. The Pythian games—similar to the Olympic Games—were held here every four years to honour Apollo’s slaying of the Python dragon. Visit Virtual Tour


A breath away from Athens, the birth place of Eleusinian Mysteries and goddess Demeter challenges you to explore it! Eleusis or Eleusina, as now known, one of the five sacred cities of antiquity enjoys the privilege of being located only thirty kilometers from the historic Athens. But let me refresh it! It could be the privilege of Athens to have so nearby a city full of life and history! Visit Virtual Tour


Even today’s visitors feel that they are in a sacred place as soon as they set foot in the Asklepieion of Epidavros. The place where healing was a religious mystery. The sick were cured by the god Asklepios in their sleep (enkoimesis) or received from him instructions on the therapy they should follow. From the sixth century BC until the end of antiquity, hosts of people resorted to the Sanctuary of Asklepios in expectation that their prayers for healing would be heard and answered by the god. These were patients and pilgrims who arrived there bringing precious votive offerings from all parts of the then-known world. Visit Virtual Tour


Peering over the plain of Argolis, up there from the heights of the acropolis, one comes to terms with the superiority of the Mycenaean civilization. It reached its heyday in the Late Bronze Age (1350 - 1200 BCE) and then disappeared, leaving to eternity its legendary acropolis, built on an inaccessible, rocky hill between two ravines. The footprints of the Atreidai, the mythical royal dynasty, are visible to today's visitor and inspire awe in an era like ours, in which myth meets the history of the most important period of the ancient world. Visit Virtual Tour

Ancient Olympia

What can be said of Olympia and not sound like a cliché? The significance of the archaeological site is self-evident, even if one is not familiar with the fascinating historical details and the political background, which literally span thousands of years. Known to the world as the cradle of the Olympic ideal, this open-air museum of imposing ruins and unique artefacts tells a story of religious piety, fair play, political ambition, and demonstration of power. All the buildings you can still admire were erected to please the gods and send a message to the thousands of visitors who swarmed to the sacred grounds. Walking around the Stadium, the Gymnasium and the Temples of Zeus and Hera – both instrumental in the ritual and competitive part of the Games – modern visitors will be able to understand why the event remained relevant even when the rest of the Ancient World was long dead. As an added bonus to the splendour of the site, the Museum of Olympia boasts some of the most famous works of art produced in the long course of Hellenic culture. Visit Virtual Tour


Travelling in the Messenian land from Mount Taygetus to the coast, our glance dives, following the sunlight dipping onto the Messenian plain. From the mountainous volumes to the fertile valley, the olive groves and herbs, we see a landscape of culture, myth, and history, unfold before our eyes. In the heart of the region of Messenia, one town stands out: Ancient Messene. This "blissful plain" as Homer calls it, became a theatre of war and mythical narrations offering a viewpoint on the past and the present. Visit Virtual Tour