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What to do in Porto Heli Agios Emilianos, whether you’re famous or not
A few kilometers south of Porto Heli, on the southernmost cape in the Argolis, Agios Emilianos takes its name from a chapel with a good view of Spetses. Hidden in the lush surroundings are the grand summer homes of famous Greeks and foreigners and isolated sandy beaches where you can enjoy the warm clear waters.
Ermioni, fresh fish where they used to gather the purple
Small and tidy on its peninsula, Ermioni resembles a piney island. Here, too, you’ll find villas hidden among the majestic Peloponnese landscape. For you the attraction is its famous tavernas serving delicious fresh fish, followed by dancing till dawn – sometimes on the tables. In the 5th century BC, Ermioni was known for its production of royal purple derived from the murex sea snail and reserved for the use of royalty and still retained in folk memory with the phrase, to the purple born.
Porto Heli’s fine little harbor is well protected from the wind and much favored by yachtsmen. Across the way are the ruins of the ancient city of Alieon. Whether you came by sea or not, you’ll enjoy your stroll through the streets lined with shops, restaurants and hotels. Porto Heli is one of the most famous and luxurious holiday destinations in Greece for a reason.