Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Lost Cities of Greece
Part III: Pavlopetri

Someone had told me that Simos Beach on the island of Elafonisos was probably one of the best beaches in Greece, but it wasn't necessarily the crystal clear waters that got me thinking about Elafonisos. A number of months ago I remembered catching a documentary about the oldest underwater city in the world, a city going back to 3000 BCE. I had long forgotten the name of this amazing site, but knew it was somewhere near Elafonisos. After a bit of research I found the documentary online and rediscovered its name; Pavlopetri. Because there is still extensive research going on concerning this site I couldn't find much material about it other than the documentary; something I will do my best to include on this blog.

To get to Pavloperti, and to the stunning beaches of Elefonisos, isn't as difficult as one would think. In fact, its quite easy. My journey to these places started around 5 am in the morning waiting at the Terminal B bus station in Athens. To get to Pavlopetri I had to take the bus that was running to Neaopli, one of  the southern most villages located in the Peleponese. The bus ride, so I had been warned, would take about 6 hours. Possibly the bus ride would have taken only four to four and a half hours, as the official schedule said, but that schedule wasn't including the numerous stops along the way.
The entrance to Terminal B Bus Station in Athens