Travel Guide to Ancient Epidaurus

A trip to Ancient Epidaurus in the Peloponnese is the ideal two-day excursion for lovers of theatre, history, nature and tranquility. 

Epidaurus offers visitors a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the ancient world while gaining a deeper understanding of Greek history and culture. Discover the best places to eat, drink and explore when heading this way! 

Perfect place for: couples, history buffs, and a wellbeing retreat. 

Where to stay: There are plenty of family-run hotels and apartment-style accommodation available around the main town. And if you prefer boutique or luxury hotels, we recommend you stay in nearby Nafplio, which is only a 30-minute drive. 

Must See + Do

Enjoy your day at the beach, try traditional dishes at quaint taverns, walk around the archaeological sites and explore the enchanting streets of the village, where ancient ruins and traditional homes intertwine. And never leave Ancient Epidaurus until you’ve seen a theatrical play (preferably at both theatres).  

The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is not only a theater built in the 4th century BC, but a large archaeological site that’s known as the best preserved in all of Greece. Worth visiting in its entirety, Epidaurus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a popular spot, offering visitors the chance to explore its rich history, architecture, and natural beauty. The theatre is still used for performances, including ancient Greek dramas and modern plays, with plenty to watch during the annual Athens and Epidaurus Festival.

We recommend a tour of the entire archaeological site. Within it, you will also find the Archaeological Museum of Epidaurus, which hosts important finds from the excavations of the Asklepiion and the Theatre. 

The Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus is also a must. Located in the heart of the town, you can walk here and admire the most peaceful and dynamic scenery, which includes the ancient theatre, ancient olive oil trees, and stunning sea views. 


Kalamaki is probably the most beautiful beach in Epidaurus. You will find it in Palaia Epidaurus by walking for 5 minutes on a paved path that starts from Vagionia beach. The pine trees reach the coast and diving in its waters is pure magic. Gyalasi beach is the most popular in the area, as you can spend all day here under an umbrella and sunbed while enjoying a light lunch and refreshments from the beach bar.

Εat + Drink

Breakfast + Coffee

Start your day with an espresso or fresh juice from Koilon Café or Stork Café, which has a delightful brunch menu and incomparable views of the Saronic Gulf. And for those searching for something sweet, we suggest Agnanti tou Saronikou. 

Lunch + Dinner

Epidaurus is famous for its traditional taverns where all dishes are cooked using locally produced oil and fresh ingredients from the area. We highly recommend To Perivoli Tis Gogos, where you can dine under orange and mulberry trees, and also try Mouria for fresh seafood, and Ta Klimata, which serves authentic dishes in a lush green courtyard.

Dishes + Delicacies

Try the extra virgin olive oil from local producers, as well as anything made with orange, as the Argolida region is the biggest producer of oranges in Greece. As for traditional dishes, Epidaurus is known for its pork or lamb cooked with mountain herbs and of course, don’t leave without tasting local wine and spoon sweets. 


Best view

Try catch the sunset from the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus– as the sun sinks into the sea,  the light reflects off the olive leaves and bathes the ancient marbles of the theatre! 

Local gem

A well-hidden treasure that few know about is the Sunken City of Ancient Epidaurus. At the edge of the town’s beach, in the quietest spot far from sunbeds you will find these submerged ruins, revealing the existence of the ancient city. Just two metres deep, you can snorkel and swim among vessels, allowing you to dive deep into history. Tip: just watch out for spiky sea urchins!

Ultimate day trip

Visit the beautiful town of Nafplio, which is only 30 minutes away by car. As you drive along you will marvel at the gorgeous scenery, including the stunning countryside. We also suggest you stop off at nearby local vineyards to sample some of the best Greek wines on offer. 


Getting there: by car or bus from Athens it takes around 2.5 – 3 hours, depending on the traffic. 

Make sure you take home: souvenirs from the Epidaurus theatre box office and cute postcards from local souvenir shops in town.

Best time to gοfrom June to August, when the Athens Epidaurus Festival is held.

Ideal time to stay: 2 days (weekend is preferable). 

Getting around: You can easily walk around the town, however, if you want to see nearby attractions we recommend hiring a car.