Iria night sky
The Village of Iria
Iria is a picturesque village just 15 minutes east of Nafplio, and is a small traditional seaside village in the prefecture of Argolis. A main feature of Iria is the picturesque fishing port, where the locals moor their fishing boats and the first houses appear, which have kept their traditional style taking you back to older times. Stroll along the shore line where you can find a variety of shells, have a swim in the clear blue sea or just a relaxing Greek coffee.
Iria is abound with mandarin trees, orange trees, olives and artichokes and you will also find the odd tobacco 'farm'. To celebrate the artichoke, a festival is hosted in its' honour, usually sometime in May, giving you a chance to sample some of the local dishes made from this vegetable.
On the hillsides around the village you will discover the wild mountain herbs of chamomile, oregano, thyme and cyclamen.
As well as being able to enjoy a relaxing and quiet holiday, there is the opportunity to visit some of the famous sites in the Peloponnese: Epidavros, Mycenae and Nafplion, the first capital of Greece.
Candia, a short distance away, has been inhabited since ancient times. The ruins of the Acropolis of Kosta, are found on the hill of St. Eleoussa and date back from the Mycenaean period. Another beach to enjoy a swim, sunbathe and relax.
Vivari, slightly larger, is a very picturesque fishing village, set in a natural horseshoe shaped bay. With very fine shingle and shallow waters it makes it the ideal setting to sit at one of the fish tavernas having a meal with your feet in the clear sea.