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Administrative Region : Peloponnese
Regional unit : Argolida

Ermioni (Ερμιόνη) Argolida

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Within it, bordering on the land of Troezen, is Hermione. The founder of the old city, the Hermionians say, was Hermion, the son of Europs. Now Europs, whose father was certainly Phoroneus, Herophanes of Troezen said was an illegitimate child. For surely the kingdom of Argos would never have devolved upon Argus, Niobe's son, the grandchild of Phoroneus, in the presence of a legitimate son. Pausanias, Description of Greece, Corinth

Ermioni, (Greek: Ερμιόνη) ancient forms: Hermioni and Hermione is a small town, population 2.562 (in 2001), and a popular tourist resort in the Peloponnese, Greece. It is on a very small out-cropping of the land facing the island of Hydra. You can reach Ermioni within two hours from Athens by Hydrofoil. Ermioni is also the same name of the province but its capital lies to the southwest in Kranidi. The ancient country of Ermionis used to lie in this area. It is linked by a road linking Kranidi and Galatas along with Poros. It is located SE of Argos and Nafplio, about ESE of Lygouri, SW of Troizina, about 10 km E of Kranidi and 17 km NE of Porto Cheli. The island of Dokos lies directly to the southeast.

The modern city is just about four stades distant from the headland, upon which is the sanctuary of Poseidon, and it lies on a site which is level at first, gently rising up a slope, which presently merges into Pron, for so they name this mountain. A wall stands all round Hermione, a city which I found afforded much to write about, and among the things which I thought I myself must certainly mention are a temple of Aphrodite, surnamed both Pontia (of the Deep Sea) and Limenia (of the Harbor), and a white-marble image of huge size, and worth seeing for its artistic excellence.
There is also another temple of Aphrodite. Among the honors paid her by the Hermionians is this custom: maidens, and widows about to remarry, all sacrifice to her before wedding.
Pausanias, Description of Greece, Corinth


Much of the area are rocky and forested. There are some forests. The mountains with a few valleys surround Ermioni. The harbor of Ermioni lies to the south.


Radio Ermioni, Ermioni's only station

Nearest places

Ancient sites

  • Acheroussia
  • Ilei


Ermioni has a school, a lyceum, a gymnasium, churches, banks, a police station, a water tower, a post office, a library, and a square (plateia). The main streets includes Melina Merkouri Street.

See also

  • Communities of Argolis
  • Ermioni Beach
  • Hermione (Mythology)

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