Epidaurus

Overview

Introduction

Epidaurus, Greece, is located 83 mi/135 km southwest of Athens. It was built to honor Asklepeios (Aesculapius), the god of healing. In the city you'll find the unique Tholos, a circular building with Corinthian columns, and the Temple of Asklepeios (both from the fourth century BC). Chief among the other draws are Roman and Greek baths, a museum and one of the best-preserved amphitheaters in Greece. Mountains provide a scenic backdrop for the antiquities.

If you're there any time during July-September, attend one of the Greek dramas performed in the open-air theater. The performances are in Greek, but English summaries are available, and the acoustics will astound you. The plays are one of the greatest cultural experiences in Greece. Combine a visit to Epidaurus with a night in nearby Nauplio.

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