Travel guide

Tyros


General info

Welcome to Tyros…

In the center of the historic Tsaconia, in the Prefecture of Arcadia, between the coasts of the Argolic Gulf and the foothills of the Mount Parnon, 70 km away from the capital of the Prefecture Tripoli and 20 km away from Astros, there lays Tyros, a picturesque hamlet of 2100 residents surrounded by green vegetation. The name Tyros derives from the God Apollo the Tyriti, who was the protector of milk and cheese production and was worshipped in the region. The combination of mountain with sea as well as of the traditional with the modern element, render Tyros one of the most famous destinations in Greece and its visitors willing to come back again and again.

 

In the past…

Tyros has been inhabited since the prehistoric times. According to Herodotus, its residents were indigenous and it is one of the oldest marine towns of the Peloponnese with a tradition of 2500 years. The great Greek traveler and author Pausanias in “Lakonica” from his work “Tour of Greece”(Ellados Periigisis) refers to Tyros as "komi meta limenos alieon ke stolou emporikou", meaning adornment of port and fleet. The people of Tyros were known as sailors from the Byzantine times until the Greek Revolution, whereas Tyros reached its peak in terms of its nautical power from the late 1920s till late 1960.

 

Nowadays…

Tyros is today one of the three settlements, namely the Upper (Ano) Tyros which is mountainous, the Lower (Kato) Tyros which is located on a lower level and the coastal settlement of the Beach of Tyros (Paralia Tyrou) with a beach 2km long. The Upper (Ano) Tyros, which is a picturesque and verdurous village built amphitheatrically on the foothill of Parnon, retains until today the characteristics of the tsaconian architecture, with 2-storey stone houses and narrow alleys, offering a majestic view to the Myrtoon Pelagos. On the other hand, the Beach of Tyros, with its many hotels, taverns and its crystal clear sea waters of the Argolic Bay is one of the most remarkable holiday resorts of the Peloponnese with many visitors each year. Tyros combines perfectly mountain with sea, thanks to its geographical position, thus enabling visitors to enjoy their bath in the magical beaches of the region, such as in Kryoneri, Tseflo, Zaritsi, Livadi, Kissakas, Lygeria, Tigani –a visit to the “Cave of Lovers"is advisable – or to move uphills to the top of Orion and admire the remnants of the medieval castle. On the hill above the port, over the remnants of the temple of Apollo, there has been built a small church for the Prophet Elias, which should be visited in between along with other monasteries, such as the one of Eortakousti, Karya, Reontinou and Prodromou.

 

Sight seeing

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

 

  • the magical Beach of Tyros and of “Sapounakeika”, with a length of about 3 km

  • the crystal clear sea waters of the beaches in "Tigani", "Tserfo", "Lygeria" or even the beaches under "Melana", "Kissaka" and "Livadi" 

  • the archaeological sites of the surrounding area: Mycenae (50 km), Epidaurus (70 km), Archaeological Museum of Astros (30 km), as well as the monasteries of Loukou (32km), of Artokosta (24km),of Sain Nicolaos of Karya (27km), of Elonas (34km). 

  • the many traditional restaurants which are famous for their local, delicious dishes and the tsaconian eggplants…

  • te picturesque port of "Sampatiki" (south of Tyros), where you can hang around and enjoy the beautiful landscape.

How to go


By Car:

Tyros is located 204 km away from Athens. After you have entered the Attica Road, continue your journey on the national road of Athens-Corinth (for about 80 km, 40-50 approx. minutes). After you have left behind Corinth, continue your journey to Tripoli (attention should be paid to the road signs so as not to miss the exit). While on the national road of Athens-Tripoli, take the exit to Argos and continue your journey to Astros (follow the road signs). After you have left behind Astros, steer to Tyros-Leonidio until you reach your destination.

 

Total travel time : 180 - 220 minutes

 

By Bus:


There are itineraries from Athens to Tyros. 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 5132834 - 5153510

KTEL Busses Tyros : ☎  (+30) 27570 41217

 

By Train:

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

www.proastiakos.net and www.ose.gr

Useful telephones


Police Station Tyros : ☎  (+30) 27570 41204


Taxi Station Tyros : ☎  (+30) 27570 41384


Health Center Tyros : ☎  (+30) 27570 41212


Drugstores Tyros : ☎  (+30) 27570 - 41449, 41650


Post office Tyros : ☎  (+30) 27570 41800


National Bank Tyros : ☎  (+30) 27570 41600


Citizen Service Centre (KEP) Tyros : ☎  (+30) 27570 29334 – 5


Fire Department Tyros : ☎  (+30) 199


Port Authority Tyros : ☎  (+30) 27570 22387

Distances

Distance from the city of Tyros to:

Athens

188 km

Thessaloniki   

679 km

Piraeus

185 km

Larisa

530 km 

Volos

503 km 

Ioannina

443 km 

Zakynthos

286 km 

Pylos

187 km 

Kalamata

148 km

Nafplio

63 km 

Patras

233 km 

Sparti

115 km 

Corinth

110 km 

Igoumenitsa

509 km

Pyrgos

207 km