Imagine almost floating over water, able to visit secluded beaches. This is how sea kayaking felt to us. We are going to describe you one of the most beautiful experiences we had while we were enjoying sea kayaking in Greece. Specifically at the area of Argolida, Peloponnese.
If you fancy paddling slowly (or hard) and enjoy rippling the sea & exploring secluded small islands and beaches then this is for you.
All started like this: Hey, why don’t you come for the weekend and we can go for sea kayaking both days. The person behind the words? It was George Pavlopoulos. It was a surprise in a very good and interesting way to get invited by a guy whom we never knew before.
We planned to be at his house at Lygourio (10 minutes from Epidavros ancient theater) early on Saturday morning. It was easy to get there as the area of Epidavros and the surrounding Tolo, or even Nafplio are no more than 2 hours (by car) from Athens. Lygourio village is almost in the center of all.
George met us at the village entrance and he lead the way to his house. His absolutely great, peaceful and calm house with his 2 dogs and a great gazebo (look at me relaxing there). He showed us the way to our house apartment for these 2 days and after having a quick espresso we got ready for day 1 of sea kayaking, over the sinked ruins of Ancient Epidavros.
Day 1: Arriving to the beach for sea kayaking
Our trip would start from a beautiful beach in old Epidavros. We got suit up with lifejackets and all the needed equipment, while George explained the basic rules for safety and having fun. We got into our kayaks and adjusted the sitting position.
There is a secret there: Your body needs to sit absolutely vertically. In that way your back is not stressed at all and your paddling is most efficient.
The sea was crystal clear and almost flat. For a few minutes a thought of just sitting there and swimming crossed our minds but George told us we would reach a secluded beach and we could do that there too! Off we went!
Our first stop was over the sinked ancient city of Old Epidavros. We were too close on the water surface to take pictures, so here are also some from far higher.
Then, we paddled towards a small secluded beach where we had a break admiring the sea and small boats and then we paddled to another secluded one. Both were very beautiful.
Almost 3 hours went by and it was so much fun that we didn’t realized it. We returned at our base, grabbed a cold coffee and we went back home. In the meantime our group got larger as Martha arrived. It was time for ouzo snacks and a lunch delight at George’s home, who proved to be an excellent cook too! Martha made the ouzo snacks while George was cooking the boosted pasta (boosted with Raki) with tuna.
We spend the rest of the afternoon just there at the gazebo under the shade, having a great discussion about life and philosophy, with some more ouzo.
Time flew fast and night came.
We just drove for 10 minutes to arrive to the beach bar for some drinks. The temperature was slightly cool and not very hot (it was May). Music was perfect, cool, smooth and island beach style.
We were feeling like we were on an island somewhere.
Were we not though? Argolida is at Peloponnese, which is surrounded by sea, so there you are!
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Day 2: Sea Kayaking at Nafplio area
We had a beautiful sleep since the village of Lygourio is a rather quiet one. We were to have our big trip at that next morning. The plan was to have a 5 hour sea kayak trip in different places of the area.
So, we went to the harbor of Nafplio and started our sea kayaking exploration. We paddled next to Bourtzi castle island and admired the Palamidi Castle on the other side of the mainland. People were watching us from the shore and waved. The whole complete trip is around 6 to 7 nautical miles. It starts from Nafplio and ends up to Tolo.
A bit of a tough weather was rising so after a short meeting in the sea we decided to change location. We got off, loaded the kayaks on the car and we moved to Tolo area. So instead of paddling all the way towards Tolo we skipped a part and started from Tolo towards another destination.
Day 2: Sea Kayaking at Tolo area
Tolo is an amazingly picturesque area. It has a kind of a gulf with different small islands. We were about to visit them with our sea kayaks.
Our goal was to paddle to Daskalio island. Which was on “the other side” of our location. Just outside the gulf, weather became more windy with bigger waves. However, we were totally determined to land on Daskalio.
We paddled and huffed and puffed, and paddled some more.
We encountered a scale 4 beaufort wind, which may be nice for windsurfing but becomes a bit challenging when you are inside a sea kayak and try to paddle! But it was great! It was amazing. Just us and the sea! George is a great instructor and has an eye on you constantly in order to help you optimize your paddling.
Finally Daskalio was around the corner. When we entered the Daskalio gulf the sea was very calm and the view was amazing. People with boats or sea kayaks go and spend a night or two there under tents or under the open sky. It is a very beautiful, quiet & romantic place.
George had prepared snacks and beverages for this break and we honored them all! We also took the path leading at the top of Daskalio (10 minutes walk) to see the view from there. A small chapel (Panagia Zoodohos Pigi) is also there but the interesting part was the view… Oh that amazing view… We stood there just gazing at the open sea from the top of the cliffs.
Time flew by, once more. We were in and out the sea almost for 5 hours. It was time to return.
We paddled back. We enountered waves again, but this time we had the wind on our back and it took us far less time to return. Entering the harbor of Tolo was another one of those moments that stuns you with its beauty.
A beautiful 2 day sea kayaking trip was coming to the end and we had one of the most beautiful adventures, while we learned a ton of things for the area and sea kayaking.
The area of Argolida, where Nafplio, Tolo, Epidavros and many more places are included, is one of extreme green plus the sea. It is like you are located in the center of Peloponnese with access to different experiences, while (with minor exceptions) the area is not heavily “tourist” oriented.
“Divine” Ice Cream after Sea Kayak
Even at local bakeries you can enjoy much more quality in food pastry like cheese or spinach pies. This expands to sweets and all kinds of food. Which brings us to ice cream!
We were not much hungry after George’s snacks but we wanted some kind of treat for our sweet tooth.
Do not! I repeat.. Do not leave the area without trying “The Epidavros Ice Cream” in Lygourio! It is home made and the taste is orgasmic! It was our first summer ice cream. Definitely try the flavors of Yogurt with Pomegranate and Chocolate Parfait! The first one is a mouth exploding combination, while the later has nuts and berries in it, all from local producers.
This was a perfect closure for us. We left that place with a great taste in our tongue and in our minds, along with our relaxed -yet exercised- bodies.
Definitely an experience to have.
We want to thank our host and sea kayak trainer, George Pavlopoulos of Sea Kayaking Argolida for his caring and interest to have a great time as all his guests have.
Feel free to contact him through the contact data (website, Facebook page) you see below.
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