Travel guide

Mycenae


General info

Welcome to Mycenae...

Mycenae is a city of great historic significance, situated in the prefecture of Argolida (Argolis) and bordered by the municipalities Koutsopodi and Midea of Argos. The area spreads over an area of ​​159,000 acres and, aside from its world-famous history- it is also famous for its peculiar beauty. Actually, it has a really diverse landscape, combining plains, mountains and sea in short distance one from another. The residents of the municipality of Mycenae were 4,169, according to the 4,169 of 2001, a figure which nearly doubles in summer because of the tourists.

 

In the past...

Mycenae has been considered to be the biggest city of Greece from prehistoric times. The Mycenaean civilization reached its peak during the Bronze Age. Between 1600 and 1100 BC, Perseus was the founder of the Kingdom of Mycenae and several generations later was succeeded by Atreus who ascended the throne. The two sons of Atreus, Agamemnon, who later became the King of Mycenae and Menelaus, the King of Sparta, had many misfortunes due to a curse. Menelaus married Helen, who was abducted by Paris to Troy. Under this pretext the two brothers, Agamemnon and Menelaus, started a familiar war, known from the epics of Homer, that is, the Trojan War. When they returned to their kingdoms after ten years, Menelaus was murdered by his own wife, Clytemnestra. The "Curse of Atreides” came to an end because their generation was dethroned by Heraclides, the descendants of Hercules. They united the kingdoms of Mycenae and Sparta. Thus, peacefulness prevailed again, as it is usual at the end of most Greek myths.

 


Nowadays...

Mycenae is the seat of the municipality and it is a district area with approximately 420 residents. Given the importance of the archaeological site located nearby, the majority of the people are involved with tourism businesses. However, many residents work on the land cultivation, especially of citrus and olive trees.

 

Sight seeing

If you happen to come by or stay in this beautiful city,
then you can visit:

 

• the archaeological site of Mycenae, is one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world. There you can admire, among others, the Lion's Gate (it is the entrance of the Mycenaean citadel)-which bears the oldest example of monumental sculpture in Europe- a series of vaulted tombs which Pausanias used to call "treasures". The most important tombs were the ones of Lions, of Aegisthus and Clytemnestra whereas the palace complex which is situated at the highest point of the region is built on several levels

 

• the Archaeological Museum of Mycenae, which opened in July 2003. In its exhibition rooms, it has findings from all periods of use both of the region of Mycenae and the surrounding villages. The museum is built near the citadel and is closely connected to it via a network of access points, offering visitors the opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the use and operation of buildings and graves

How to go

By Car:

Mycenae is located 140 km away from Athens. After you have entered the Attica Road (“Attiki Odos”), follow the highway of Athens-Corinth (for about 80 km, approx. 40-50 minutes). After Corinth continue your journey on the national road of Athens – Tripoli (following the road signs to Tripoli). After about 35 km, follow the exit to Argos (follow the road signs) and continue your journey until you reach your destination.

 

Total travel time : 100 - 120 minutes

 

By Bus:


There are daily itineraries from Athens to Mycenae(Argos). The departure point is at the main bus station of Athens. (KTEL Busses Kifisos - Kifissou 100, on the national road of Athens).

 

For more information please call:

KTEL Busses Athens :  ☎ (+30) 210 - 5134588, 5122516, 4126126

KTEL Busses Argos :  ☎ (+30) 27510 67324


By Train:

Athens OSE Train station : ☎  (+30) 210 5131601

Argos OSE Train station : ☎  (+30) 27510 67212

 

For more information and itineraries, please visit the following websites:

www.proastiakos.net and www.ose.gr

Useful telephones

Police Station Mycenae : ☎  (+30) 27510 62945


Tourist Police Mycenae : ☎  (+30) 2752021051


Taxi Station Mycenae : ☎  (+30) 6946431726


Hospital of Argos : ☎  (+30) 2751024455


Drugstores Mycenae : ☎  (+30) 27510 66609


Post office Mycenae : ☎  (+30) 27510 67336


Eurobank Argos : ☎  (+30) 27510 23588


Marfin Bank Argos : ☎  (+30) 2751068228


Piraeus Bank Argos : ☎  (+30) 27510 27000


Agrotiki Bank Argos : ☎  (+30) 27510 67327


National Bank Argos : ☎  (+30) 27510 65001


Alpha Bank Argos : ☎  (+30) 27510 61813


Citizen Service Centre : ☎  (KEP) Argos (+30) 27510 76904


Municipality Offices Argos : ☎  (+30) 27513 61200


Fire Department Mycenae : ☎  (+30) 199


Museum of Ancient Mycenae : ☎  (+30) 27510 76585

Distances

From the city of Mycaene to:

 

Athens

119 km

Thessaloniki

610 km

Piraeus

116 km

Larisa

461 km 

Volos

434 km 

Ioannina

375 km 

Zakynthos

273 km 

Pylos

174 km 

Kalamata

135 km

Nafplio

22 km 

Patras

165 km 

Sparti

112 km 

Corinth

41 km 

Igoumenitsa

441 km

Pyrgos

194 km