Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
If you are visiting Athens or the Peloponnese, then I recommend you to visit the site of Epidaurus and the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece. The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
At the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus kids can learn here about Asclepius, the important healer God in ancient Greece. Epidaurus was the healing center of the Classical world, ill people would go there to be cured. They would stay the night in the so-called Enkoimetria – a big sleeping space. They would wait for the God to appear in their dreams to advise them on how to get better. Children can still see the remains of this: the Sanctuary of Epidaurus, the Temples of Artemis and Asklepius, the Tholos but also the hotel, springs/ baths as well as sport and hospital areas. The theater of Epidaurus is unique in its kind. Your kids can travel back in time here and feel like the ancient actors for a moment.
The best time to discover Epidaurus is in the spring and fall. It can get very busy and hot at the excavations in the summer. There is no shade. It is recommended to choose the early morning hours for a visit. To avoid long lines at the entrance, you could opt for a guided tour. A tour guide will get your children engaged and there are specially designed tours for kids. Bring lots of water, sunscreen a, d hats. Some parts of the site are not stroller accessible.
How to get to Epidaurus with kids
Epidaurus theatre is located within the archaeological site of the Sanctuary of Asklepios in Palea Epidaurus, in the region of Argolis which is a two-hour drive from the city of Athens. You can also consider booking a bus trip from Athens to Epidaurus. There are many organized excursions available that usually offer a transfer and a guide at the site. Some of these excursions combine a visit to Epidaurus with other important archaeological sites in the Peloponnese such as Mycenae and Nafplio. These tours can be more relaxing because they offer a round trip transfer to your hotel.
For families with young children from Athens, I would recommend to either visit Nafplio or Epidaurus and Mycenae. To visit both in one day would be tiring for the kids. Have a look at this From Athens: Mycenae and Epidaurus Private Tour. It includes a comfortable private van and guide that takes your group at your own pace to Ancient Mycenae, the tomb of Agamemnon and the tomb of Clytenmnistra, the Archaeological Museum of Mycenae and the ancient theatre of Epidaurus. There is also a stop at the Corinth Canal for photos. Click here for more information and booking of this tour.
For families with older children I would recommend the combined tour including Nafplio. Click here for more information and booking a bus tour to Epidaurus, Mycenae and Nafplio.
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