Photo: Tobias Schorr

Methana is one of our favorite ecotourism spots near Athens. Although it had a glorious past thanks to its thermal baths, today its long-faded charm and its absence from the Greek tourism map makes it a hidden treasure.

The peninsula, almost an island with one lone road to the mainland, features a majestic – even if inactive – volcano right in its midst, complete with several craters to admire and explore. Steeped in mythology, archeology and geological curiosity, Methana will delight you with its hiking paths that crisscross the land, Mediterranean biodiversity, quiet semi-abandoned villages, and lazy seaside vibe.

Photo: Tobias Schorr

Ancient spa

The town was once famous for its thermal baths, even in antiquity, with many fine hotels having been built for spa visitors in the since the 1930s. Some of these hotels, albeit abandoned, still stand today, reflecting their faded glory in all their art-deco splendor. The public baths and spa facilities have opened and closed several times over recent decades. At the time of writing this (June 2020) the two facilities on either side of the main town are still closed, but there is a small creek right before the smaller public spa facility on the edge of town that is popular with locals who know the healing secrets of these spring waters. If you do manage to find this creek on the coast, make sure you don’t spend more than 20 minutes a day, giving you just the right dose of radon that is reputed to heal you from a whole range of ailments. The Ecotourism Greece team tried the experience and we felt perfectly good after it, so we do recommend it for aches, pains and more. Hopefully, the formal spas will reopen soon (a Czech company has supposedly shown strong interest) and you will be able to embark on a more organized spa escape.

Photo: Tobias Schorr

Hiking and more

Beyond the spas, the island has numerous hiking paths that are perfect to explore during spring and fall, as well as during milder winter days. There are a couple of tour operators in Greece that offer hiking tours, such as Nature Discovery and Volcano Discovery, and you can also download this great trilingual hiking map in English, German and Greek. For a unique outdoor activity, you can also go out to In Land of the Wolf which not only offers unique hiking experiences in the region but also a unique experience with their horses: this is not horseback riding but a chance where you can bond with the horses on a one-to-one level in superb nature within a holistic philosophy.

Photo: Tobias Schorr

How to get there:

Either by ferry from the port of Piraeus (a two-hour ride) or by road from Athens (around 2 hours driving). Please check ferry schedules as they often change and run less frequently during the low season (outside the summer months).

 

Share:

Location - Methana

No activities found in this destination. Please check other destinations.

ANCIENT REMAINS AT THE CHELONA SUMMIT

Athens & Nearby Islands / Methana
Find Out More

PALIOKASTRO ACROPOLIS, ANCIENT METHANA

Athens & Nearby Islands / Methana
Find Out More

THE MYCENEAN SANCTUARY

Athens & Nearby Islands / Methana
Find Out More

You might be surprised to know that Methana was inhabited as far back as the Neolithic period, i.e. between 4000-8000 BC. Evidence of settlements goes back to Helladic times, i.e. as far back as 2800 BC, and into the Mycenaean era up to 1100 BC. Tsunamis rocked the coastal settlements in 1627 BC (caused by the Santorini volcano eruption), affecting the way of life drastically. The geometric period saw more new religious temples being built and upgraded, while the prehistoric ones were still being used as well. Browse through our individual archeological sites in Methana and you’ll be intrigued by what can still be seen from ancient times.

In collaboration with our partner Methana.com

ACROPOLIS OGA

Athens & Nearby Islands / Methana
Find Out More

ANCIENT REMAINS AT THE CHELONA SUMMIT

Athens & Nearby Islands / Methana
Find Out More

ANTIKE FARM PANTELEIMONAS

Athens & Nearby Islands / Methana
Find Out More

HELLENISTIC WATCHTOWER OF THRONI

Athens & Nearby Islands / Methana
Find Out More

KOUNOUPITSA ANCIENT TEMPLE

Athens & Nearby Islands / Methana
Find Out More

PALIOKASTRO ACROPOLIS, ANCIENT METHANA

Athens & Nearby Islands / Methana
Find Out More

THE MYCENEAN SANCTUARY

Athens & Nearby Islands / Methana
Find Out More

VARKESA VINE PRESS

Athens & Nearby Islands / Methana
Find Out More

ANCIENT REMAINS AT THE CHELONA SUMMIT

Athens & Nearby Islands / Methana
Find Out More

PALIOKASTRO ACROPOLIS, ANCIENT METHANA

Athens & Nearby Islands / Methana
Find Out More

THE MYCENEAN SANCTUARY

Athens & Nearby Islands / Methana
Find Out More

Tour to Methana Find More

0 Review

Location

Galatas 180 20, Greece
0 Review

Location

Galatas 180 20, Greece

Poros Kayak Discovery

4 hours / 6 hours (preferred hour: 9 am)
0 Review

Location

Poros 180 20, Greece
No Archeological Tours found in this destination. Please check other destinations or tour types.
No Canyoning Tours found in this destination. Please check other destinations or tour types.
No Caving Tours found in this destination. Please check other destinations or tour types.
No Climbing Tours found in this destination. Please check other destinations or tour types.
No Cycling Tours found in this destination. Please check other destinations or tour types.
No Diving Tours found in this destination. Please check other destinations or tour types.
No Gastronomy Tours found in this destination. Please check other destinations or tour types.
No Geo Tours found in this destination. Please check other destinations or tour types.

Tour to Methana Find More

0 Review

Location

Galatas 180 20, Greece

Tour to Methana Find More

0 Review

Location

Galatas 180 20, Greece

Tour to Methana Find More

Poros Kayak Discovery

4 hours / 6 hours (preferred hour: 9 am)
0 Review

Location

Poros 180 20, Greece
No Mountain Bike Tours found in this destination. Please check other destinations or tour types.
No Nature Tours found in this destination. Please check other destinations or tour types.
No Sailing Tours found in this destination. Please check other destinations or tour types.
No Sightseeing Tours found in this destination. Please check other destinations or tour types.
No SUP Tours found in this destination. Please check other destinations or tour types.

Tour to Methana Find More

0 Review

Location

Galatas 180 20, Greece

Poros Kayak Discovery

4 hours / 6 hours (preferred hour: 9 am)
0 Review

Location

Poros 180 20, Greece
No Trekking Tours found in this destination. Please check other destinations or tour types.
No Walking Tours found in this destination. Please check other destinations or tour types.
No Workshops / Lessons found in this destination. Please check other destinations or tour types.
No hotels found in this destination. Please check other destinations.

Explore More

More Subdestinations In Athens & Nearby Islands
Aegina Island Athens & Nearby Islands
Athens City Athens & Nearby Islands
Hydra Island Athens & Nearby Islands
Poros Island Athens & Nearby Islands
Salamina Athens & Nearby Islands
Spetses Athens & Nearby Islands