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The town dock can be a bit smelly, but the town itself is charming, with is narrow streets and alleyways, and an amazing backdrop of Venetian forts above.

We spent a few days here and caught the bus up to the ancient site of Mycenae (MIKENIS) .

Most boats dock stern or bows to, but we were not confident to leave the boat unattended, bows too, so the night before our Mikenis trip, we went alongside, in the corner. The harbour police stopped by and asked us to change the position of the boat, but allowed us to stay alongside when we explained that we were planning a day trip to Mikenis. There were a couple of other boats along side as well and a few were rafted up.
Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 08-Dec-2012

Tiryns (Excursion)

Howard [ Just Imagine ] 23-Apr-2009

Argos (Excursion)

Ancient Mycenae (Excursion)

Mycenae is  Μυκῆναι  in Greek which is pronounced and spelled as MYKINES. When we tried to ask around about bus trips to Mycenae we had a tough time being understood, as people thought we wanted to go to Messinia which is many miles away, completely, at the other end of the peninsula.

In the summer, the bus to MIKINES leaves from the central bus stop in Nafplion, near the base of the fort at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm and returns at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. The trip is 30 kilometers and takes about 45 minutes to an hour, as it stops along the way.

We took the 10 o'clock bus and returned on the 1 o'clock bus giving us about 2 hours to explore the site, which was enough time to see the whole site and a quick look at the museum. We thought that waiting for the 3pm bus would have been too much time. 

We did miss seeing the Treasury of Atreus as it is away from the main site. This would have meant catching the next bus.

Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 08-Dec-2012
 The center of the 4000 year old Mycenaen civilization.


Howard [ Just Imagine ] 23-Apr-2009

Lions gate (Point of Interest)

Bus Stop (Bus)

There is no sign for the bus stop, so you need to watch for it arriving
Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 08-Dec-2012

Treasury of Atreus (Point of Interest)

We did not make it to the Treasury of Atreus, also known as the tomb of Agamemnon, because it is quite a way from the bus site. If you caught the 3pm bus instead of the 1pm bus, you would have time to walk down here.

They say it is not to be missed.
Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 08-Dec-2012

Grave circle A (Point of Interest)

Postern Gate (Point of Interest)

Underground Cistern (Point of Interest)

This deep tunnel on the inside of the citadel walls actually provides access to a spring which is on the outside of the wall.

There are several steps down to a dad end at the bottom of the cistern.

You must have a flashlight to see your way down the stairs.
Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 08-Dec-2012

Tomb of Clytemnestra (Point of Interest)

Lion Tholos Tomb (Point of Interest)

Mycenae Museum (Museum)

CarreFour Express (Supermarket)

The castle off Nafplion (Point of Interest)

There are ferry boats that can take you out to the island.
Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 08-Dec-2012

Customs (Formalities)

As non-EU boat, the shipyard in Kilada places our transit log in bond with customs in Nafplion each year. This effectively stops the clock on our 18 month limit in EU before having to pay import duty on the boat.

The shipyard charges €40 to send the papers to Nafplion, but one needs to go there in person to collect the papers in the spring. One can catch a 10 am bus from the shipyard to Kranidi, and an 11am bus to Nafplio. It takes about 2 hours, but beware that you need to change buses after about 45 minutes, or you will end up in Corinth, like I did the first time.

You need to bring the copy of the transit log that the shipyard gives you in the autumn.

You can easily catch a return bus back to Kranidi, but you will need to get a taxi from Kranidi back to Kilada as the last bus will have left by the time you get there.
Howard and Jayne [ Just Imagine ] 08-Dec-2012

Bus Stop (Bus)

A walk around the point (Hike)