Travel guide

Tolo


General info

Welcome to Tolo...

Tolo is a hamlet situated in a littoral area, about 12 km south of the city of Nafplio, on the east coast of the Argolic Gulf. The village spreads along a sandy coastline that stretches for about 3 km, opposite the islands “Romvi”, “Daskalio” and “Koronisi”. There are wooded hillsides that descend gently to the sea, embracing the beautiful coastline to form a safe and secure port. The fertile plain of Argolis spreads behind the hills. Besides, there are areas of high ecological significance, such as the peninsula of “Drepanos” and the “Vivari” wetland, which are located in the more southern parts.

In the past…

According to a legend, the human presence in this region began with “Driopes”. This pre-Hellenic tribe found refuge here, when Hercules evicted them from their residence in Mt. Parnassus. Eurystheus, the King of Tiryns let them settle in “Assini”, the ruins of which have been discovered on the rocky cape “Kastraki”. Homer refers to it in the "Iliad" as one of the cities which sent a fleet to Troy. In the first Byzantine period, it came again to the front, since its port was subsidiary to the one of Nafplio. Then, the area had the same historical fate as the Peloponnese, felling first into the hands of the Franks (1204), later into the hands of the Venetians (1389), where it remained until 1540, that is the beginning of the Turkish domination. On July 25, 1686, Vice-admiral of the Venetian fleet Morosini disembarked military force in Tolo that occupied Argos, thus enabling the occupation of Nafplio. The port was fortified by the Venetians and became a station of the Venetian fleet. The Turks returned in 1718, when the Venetian-Turkish wars came to an end. In 1824, Nafplio was proclaimed headquarters of the provisional administration of the newly established Greek State in 1831, initiating efforts to assist refugees who arrived en masse from the rebellious territories of Greece. Refugees from the island of Crete settled in Tolo and founded a city under the name of Minoa, which would later on develop into a picturesque, relatively isolated village with the name Tolo in 1916. Several events occurred in Tolo during the Second World War. On April 27, 1941, a battle between German and Allied troops took place in “Lakka-Kaminaki”, whereas British warships approached the port of Tolo so as to help people to escape. Some of them were sunk by the Germans in Arvanitia of Nafplio, in April 1941.

Nowadays…

Tolo is a charismatic village known for its natural beauty and its famous hospitality. Its geographical position is such that it can give visitors a chance to pay brief visits to all archaeological sites of Argolida. For visitors who wish to go on a family holiday, Tolo is the solution offering enjoyable holiday close to nature. Its 1200 residents have long been involved in tourism and know how significant hospitality is, seeing that most of their businesses are family businesses. Beaches around Tolo (“Golden Sand”,” Plaka”,” Kastraki”,” Kondili”,” Karathona” etc.) are suitable for safe swimming, water sports and diving. The countryside is ideal for pleasurable walks. On the other side, boats sail daily on trips across the opposite islands and the neighboring beaches.

Sight seeing

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


• the beautiful beaches of the surrounding area

 

• historical Nafplio which lays within walking distance from Tolo

 

• the ancient citadel of “Assini” which soars to the top of a steep hill on the seashore, about one kilometer before Tolo. It experienced a vivid life in the Early Bronze Age and flourished in Mycenaean, Pre-Geometric and Geometric times, as shown by excavation findings

 

• the churches of the Transfiguration of Christ the Saviour, built in16th century, in the northwest part of “Assini” and of the Church of "Profitis Ilias"

 

• the tower of “Aga” or “Pirgospito” of “Candia”, which is one of the most impressive buildings that remain untouched by time in the region

 

• the Signal Tower (“Friktoria”) of the 7th century. BC, which you find while entering Iria on the left. The tower is maintained in good condition until today

 

• the islets “Romvi” and “Daskalio”

 

• Because of its geographical position, Tolo can become the base for your acquaintance with the most significant archaeological sites and historical monuments of Argolida (Argos, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Ancient Assini, Nafplio).

How to go

By Car:

Tolo is located 151 km away from Athens. After you have entered the Attica Road, follow the highway of Athens-Corinth (for about 80 km, 40-50 minutes journey.). After you have left behind Corinth, keep in the direction to the national road of Athens – Tripoli (following the relevant road signs). After about 35 km take the exit for Nafplio – Argos (following the road signs) and continue your journey for another 30 km until you arrive at the center of Nafplio. From that point, you should follow the sign to Tolo and Epidavros to the left, until you reach your destination.

 

Total travel time : 100 - 120 minutes

 

By Bus:

There are daily itineraries from Athens to Tolo. 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

KTEL Busses Tolo : ☎  (+30) 27520 27323 - 27423

 

By Train:

OSE Train station Tolo: ☎  (+30) 27510 29380

 

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

www.proastiakos.net and www.ose.gr

Useful telephones

Police Station Tolo : ☎  (+30) 27520 59202


Taxi Station Tolo : ☎  (+30) 27520 59243 - 59920


Health Center Tolo : ☎  (+30) 27520 59724


Drugstores Tolo : ☎  (+30) 27520 59194 – 59163


Post office Tolo : ☎  (+30) 27520 59460


Alpha Bank Tolo : ☎  (+30) 27520 59020


Citizen Service Centre : ☎  (KEP) Tolo (+30) 27520 59559


Municipality Offices Tolo : ☎  (+30) 27520 26461


Fire Department Tolo : (+30) 27520 21556


Port Authority Tolo :  (+30) 27520 59335

Distances

From the city of Tolo to:

 

Athens

144 km

Thessaloniki

635 km

Piraeus

141 km

Larisa

486 km 

Volos

459 km 

Ioannina

399 km 

Zakynthos

290 km 

Pylos

191 km 

Kalamata

152 km

Nafplio

11 km 

Patras

190 km 

Sparti

129 km 

Corinth

65 km 

Igoumenitsa

465 km

Pyrgos

211 km