Tolo & Asine

TOLO and ASINE - Distance from Ermioni: 83 kms/1.25 hrs

Tolo (Tolon) is a commercial tourist resort by the sea, situated 10 kms South-West of Nafplio, with the main occupation being tourism and fishing.  Tolo has a beautiful long sandy beach which consistently gets the Blue Flag award and is a seasonal resort offering the summer visitor numerous luxury hotels, traditional and modern tavernas, cafes and bars, where one can party day or night or just relax along the beachfront in the summer sun.  Tolo also offers its visitors the opportunity to visit many places of interest including sea cruises to Monemvasia and the islands of Spetses and Hydra.  In addition to the clean sandy beach and the clear warm sea for swimming, there are numerous tourist shops, where the visitor can browse at leisure.  The seasonal period of the resort is April until October, where it gets busy with visitors from home and abroad, especially during July and August.

Tolo has a long one-way road system that takes you from the Ancient Asine area and along the colourful main street to the busy fishing port at the far end of the town.  After the summer season, most of Tolo closes and the 1,500 inhabitants continue with their daily lives of fishing and farming.  During late September or early October, the 'Trata Feast' takes place which is well worth a visit.  During this big celebration, most residents get to sing, dance, eat, drink and enjoy all the local products, including fresh sea food. 

Asine (Ancient Asine) which today is also known as Kastraki, lies just 2 kms East of Tolo, at the far end of the curved bay, where camping and swimming can be enjoyed on a less crowded beach.  The first to give any information about the gulf of Tolo and Ancient Asine was Homer, where he described that together with Argos, Epidavros, Tiryns and Hermione, Asine took part in the Trojan War, with a total fleet of 80 ships that was led by King Diomedes.  Asine was destroyed by Argos in 740 BC because the city supported Sparta in its war against them.  The homeless citizens were offered new lands in Messenia by the Spartans and rebuilt their new city there, also naming it Asine. The original city and acropolis of Asine was later rebuilt, repopulated and continued to be a thriving commercial centre for its new occupants, as well as various invaders, for many hundreds of years.  Asine archaeological site admission: Free

Sections of the defensive walls and parts of the ancient acropolis are still standing today, particularly from the Macedonian period.  The visitor can climb onto the 52 metre high rock and view the remains of this ancient acropolis, fortifications and tombs, which are all from the Mycenaean, Macedonian and Roman periods.  Fortifications continued to be added to the whole acropolis during the Hellenistic, Byzantine and Venetian periods.  Even during the Second World War, trenches and defence works were built by the occupying Italian forces.  This whole area was excavated in the 1920's by Swedish archaeologists, and their findings showed that Asine had strong trade contacts with Athens, Sparta, the Southern Peloponnese and the Cyclades islands.  Most of the archaeological finds from Asine are exhibited at the new Archaeological Museum of the Peloponnese, in Syntagma Square, Nafplio. 

Further East, just beyond Ancient Asine, there is another long sandy beach called Paralia Asini.  The beach is not commercialised, apart from a small cafe, and offers a quiet relaxing area for sunbathing, swimming and camping for the more adventurous visitors.   

Location

Tolo Town & Resort
Greece
37° 31' 17.778" N, 22° 51' 38.3796" E
Picture Gallery
Tolo - The first view of Tolo coming from Nafplio Tolo - A modern tourist resort with many amenities Tolo - The wide sandy beaches are a favourite with tourists Tolo - The small port at the western end of the town Tolo - Fishing is second only to tourism Tolo - The small island of Koronisi in front of the town beach Tolo - There are still a few traditional tavernas Tolo - You may even find some quiet side-streets Tolo - The main street is popular with visitors for shopping Tolo - Popular daytime shopping time Tolo - Typical main street by day Tolo - The place really comes to life at night Tolo - A place to relax on the beachfront Tolo - Beachfront tavernas and hotels Tolo - The small island of Koronisi by day Tolo - The small island of Koronisi by night Asine - The peninsula and hill of the ancient site Asine - Mycenaean walls are still visible near the entrance Asine - The Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine city by the main entrance Asine - Macedonian bastion and walls on the eastern side of Asine Asine - Clear walkways leading up to the Acropolis Asine - The ancient hilltop Acropolis Asine - View of the eastern beaches also used for camping Asine - View of Kastraki beach from the Acropolis