Next time you’re lucky enough to visit Athens, consider a day trip to a few truly remarkable historic sites, Mycenae and Epidaurus. Even if you’re not well-versed in Classical Greek history, there’s enough visual scenery alone to make this visit a worthwhile trip back in time. And as a huge added bonus, cats — a lot of them. So, let’s take a quick look at the ancient past in the Southern Peloponnese region of Greece.
We visited on a day trip and hired a private driver for the entire day. Not something we normally do since we usually love to discover sites on our own, and usually by walking, but due to the distance and our unique emphasis on cats, we didn’t want to join a group tour.
Morning at the Roman Agora. The cats were just waking up.
Next stop, Mycenae….
Our very experienced driver had been to this location many times, and also happened to be an animal lover, so he prepared for the best locations to find the cats, told us to expect a lot, and even gave us a preview of a few he had seen recently that we should look for. We truly felt like we had hit the jackpot. He was not wrong. As soon as we stepped out of the van we were greeted with at least half a dozen mixed ages of short hair kitties.
Epidaurus, the ancient Healing Center
The main draw is the theater, or amphitheater, which is considered one of the best preserved in Greece. We have visited several ancient amphitheaters in Greece and Italy and more often than not the setting is absolutely breathtaking, and this is no exception. But before that, we needed to park and walk and as we had hoped for (and the driver had told to expect), we were again greeted by a good handful to a dozen cats lounging in the cafe and park areas. Nice mix of kittens and adults and all in what looked like good health which is always what we hope for.
All in all, a wonderful trip for history lovers and cat lovers, and one we would recommend without question.
For more information on Epidaurus, visit https://ancient-greece.org/archaeology/epidauros.html