Discovering Methana in the Peloponnese

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Methana in the Peloponnese region of Greece. A perfect weekend trip from Athens. And even near Poros island.
Methana in the Peloponnese region of Greece. A perfect weekend trip from Athens. And even near Poros island.

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**Updated JUL17**

During my stay at Live-Bio in the Galatas area of the Peloponnese in Greece, I was afforded the opportunity to visit the relatively unknown seaside town of Methana.

Where is Methana?

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Methana is a town and a peninsula, considered part of the Attica region / district as it’s only about 101 miles / 162.km and a 2 and a half our drive from Athens, on the eastern peninsular of the Peloponnese region of mainland Greece.  Methana is a volcanic area and over the years, has recorded over 30 volcanic eruptions in different areas.  The last land eruption occurred near the town of Kameni Chora in 230BC, but the most recent eruption occurred underwater in 1700AD.  As the Methana region is situation in the northwestern ‘arc’ of the Aegean, not far from islands such as Santorini, Nisyros and Milos, future eruptions are expected.

Region of Methana
Region of Methana

Methana town

The seaside town of Methana, to be honest. is nothing really spectacular.  Due to its volcanic origins, the smell of rotten eggs (sulphur) gradually creeps up on you as you drive in. It has several cafes, bars and a spa one can visit.  Unfortunately there is no website for the spa, and no phone number I could locate!  So I would suggest just turning up and asking the locals where it is. Or, if you stay at Live-Bio in Galatas (approx. half an hour’s drive away), the friendly hosts can advise you – maybe even take you!

 Methana is predominantly a town popular with Greek tourists.

There are some beautiful small beaches on the outskirts of Methana, and take a drive out towards the volcano and the views are spectacular.  You come across small seaside villages such as Vathý – perfect to stop and eat in a taverna, and with a population of only approx. 129 people, it’s really quaint.

The region of Methana itself is dotted with small villages if you choose to drive into the surrounding mountains, or stick to the coast and you also won’t be disappointed by the small coves here and there.

Sulphurous waters of Methana and surrounding beaches
Sulphurous waters of Methana and surrounding beaches
Town of Vathy near Methana in the Peloponnese region of Greece
Town of Vathy near Methana.

To summarise, if you’re staying on the Greek island of Poros – just a 5 minute boat ride from Galatas, or Galatas itself in the Peloponnese, you can’t go wrong if you take some time out to explore this predominantly undiscovered region.

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Methana region of the Peloponnese in Greece...perfect for a weekend break from Athens.
Methana region of the Peloponnese in Greece…perfect for a weekend break from Athens. Photo 
Poros backstreets” (CC BY 2.0) by Grey World
Methana region of the Peloponnese in Greece...perfect for a weekend break from Athens.
Methana region of the Peloponnese in Greece…perfect for a weekend break from Athens. Photos “Poros backstreets” (CC BY 2.0) by Grey World and “4839” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Panegyrics of Granovetter

 

8 COMMENTS

  1. I have only been to Thessaloniki in the north. I should really get down to the coastal parts around Athens. Next European trip!

  2. It’s quite surprising that the business of that spa survives without website for the spa, and no phone number. I love the maps which you added as I wouldn’t have known where to search for Methana.

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