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Drepano

COUNTY: Argolis MUNICIPALITY: Nafplio

Clouds
11.12ºC

Population

1,000 - 2,000

Infrastracture

Medical Centre, Pharmacy, Gas Station

Distance from nearest city

10-35km

TL;DR

A small seaside village that has seen growth in recent years, equipped with everything needed for family vacations, as well as a twice-weekly bazaar.

A seaside settlement of 1,272 residents, on the east coast of Argolida, 10 kilometres southeast of Nafplio. It used to be called Chaidarion, possibly named after the Turkish ruler of the area, agha Chaintar (Haydar) during the Turkish occupation. It took the name it has today because of the geological morphology of the coastline, resembling a scythe, or drepani in Greek.

The village is very picturesque, build in the Greek island style. Its residents are engaged in agriculture, the village's main product being citrus fruits and mushrooms. The last few years, however, the touristic industry has grown, since the village is very beautiful, sitting right next to the sea, and is also near other seaside destinations such as Vivari and Tolo.

The traveller can visit the ruins of a stone watermill and the ruins of a Venetian castle. The village's beach is called Plaka, and it has many catering businesses and hotels, making it an ideal site for family vacations. Sports are also prevalent, since the village has two local soccer teams, the Drepanikos Asteras (Star of Drepano) and the Alkyona Drepanou (Kingfisher of Drepano), as well as a basketball team also named Alkyona Drepanoi. The village is also equipped with a Regional Medical Centre, a pharmacy and a gas station.

Six churches stand out, the largest of which is the one dedicated to the two saints Agios Andrianos and Agios Natalias, built in 1840, celebrating in the 25th of August with one of the largest festivals of the area. Also, twice every week, an open-air bazaar of local produce is organised in the village's centre.