Travel guide

Nemea


General info

Welcome to Nemea...

Nemea (which was formerly known as St. George) is a Greek town with fewer than 5,000 residents, located in the prefecture of Corinth and belonging to the geographical region of the Peloponnese. It's an area of ​​great archaeological significance. One of the village's most popular attractions is its endless vineyards and olive groves. Nemea took its name from the nymph Nemea, daughter of the river god Asopos. According to the tradition, the augur Amphiaraus founded there the famous athletic games, the Nemean games, which were one of the four great national festivals of Greece. The games were celebrated at Nemea, in Argolis, every alternate year, in memory of the death of little Opheltes, the son of King Lycurgus of Nemea, who died tragically choked by a snake. In ancient times, Nemea was also associated with the famous feat of the legendary hero Hercules, who killed the great lion that roamed the land of Argolis.

 

In the past…

Its history goes back a long way in the depths of the centuries, seeing that the findings that have come to light indicate that the region of Nemea must have been inhabited from prehistoric times. It is regarded as the place, where Hercules performed the famous first feat of the slaying of the terrible lion that roamed the area. Nemea holds a prominent place in the mythology of ancient Greece. Nemea took its name from the homonymous nymph, daughter of Asopos River, which runs till today the landscape of Fliasio and Nemeatiko. In 1838 two new municipalities i.e. Fliountos and Nemea came into being, which later (in 1840) merged into the municipality of Nemea, with Saint George as capital (today Nemea). The name of the famous grape and wine "Agiorgitiko" of modern Nemea is also attributed to this, seeing that Nemea is the residential successor of ancient Fliountos, which produced the famous wine “fliasio”.

 

Nowadays…

It is most likely that you will be attracted to Nemea by its big wine festivals. Of course, tourism in recent years has been transformed from “archeological” to “vinic” - (if this term is still in use). Especially the "Great Days of Nemea"- such as those of the Nemean Games, which revive the ancient games-, have enough turnouts of eager tourists every year. They wait to follow the roads of wine – by following the brown signs placed on almost every street corner - and explore all tastes and smells of the locally produced wine with its typical ruby ​​color, which is produced on 30,000 acres of vineyards in the area and watered by the River Asopos.

 

Sight seeing

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

 

• Ancient Nemea, where you can admire the towering columns of the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Ancient Stadium. The foundation of the temple is about 44.5 meters long and it has a width of approximately 22 meters. The columns have a height of about 10 meters and still stand imposingly in the Nemea’s plain


• the Monastery of "Parthena Maria", the history of which is linked to the oldest and legendary Diocese Polyfegous, built at least in 1633 under its seal


• The chapel of St. George in the outlet of Nemea, which is directly connected to the ecclesiastical history of the region. With one room and a tiled roof, wooden screen and wonderful hagiographies, painted in 1932, constitutes the jewel and pride of the settlement of Nemea


• "Agios Nikolaos", a monastery built in 1700, where also the old hagiography (1792) of St. Nicolas is until today kept safe


• The different wine producers of the region and learn everything about wine


• The hundreds of vineyards and beautiful landscapes of the area, which you can visit taking a walk

How to go


By Car:

Nemea is located 136 km away from Athens. After you have entered the Attica Road, follow the highway of Athens-Corinth (for about 80 km, approx. 40-50 minutes). After you have left behind Corinth, follow the national road Corinth – Tripoli (attention should be paid to the road signs so as not to miss the exit) and take the exit to Nemea, which will lead you to the center of the town.

 

Total travel time : 80 - 110 minutes


By Bus:

There are daily itineraries from Athens to Nemea. 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 5150220

KTEL Busses Nemea : ☎  (+30) 27460 22214

 


By Train:

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

www.proastiakos.net  and  www.ose.gr

Useful telephones


Police Station Nemea : ☎  (+30) 27460 22333


Taxi Station Nemea : ☎  (+30) 27460 22290


Health Center Nemea : ☎  (+30) 27460 22089


Drugstores Nemea : ☎  (+30) 27460 23591 – 22239 – 22274


Post office Nemea : ☎  (+30) 27460 22237


Agrotiki Bank Nemea : ☎  (+30) 27460 22710


National Bank Nemea : ☎  (+30) 27460 22229


Emporiki Bank Nemea : ☎  (+30) 27460 20680


Citizen Service Centre (KEP) Nemea : ☎  (+30) 27460 20520


Municipality Offices Nemea : ☎  (+30) 27460 22235


Fire Department Nemea : ☎  (+30) 199


Archaeological Museum of Ancient Nemea : ☎  (+30) 27460 22739


Archaeological Museum of Nemea : ☎  (+30) 27460 20380

Distances

From the city of Nemea to:

 

Athens

116 km

Thessaloniki   

607 km

Piraeus

113 km

Larisa

458 km 

Volos

431 km 

Ioannina

371 km 

Zakynthos

267 km 

Pylos

168 km 

Kalamata

129 km

Nafplio

43 km 

Patras

161 km 

Sparti

106 km 

Corinth

43 km 

Igoumenitsa

437 km

Pyrgos

188 km