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The peninsula of Methana with its two steep volcanic slopes is in fact a volcano that rose out of the sea. Explore a stunning volcanic landscape with dense vegetation, coastal villages and a variety of flora and fauna. The establishment of the spa complex in 1870 made it a popular spa town attracting mainly senior citizens from many European countries.


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You can either sail to Methana on a boat from Piraeus or drive there. Built on a peninsula of the Peloponnese, it is one of the oldest summer resorts in the Saronic Gulf. Here there are hot springs along the southeast side of the peninsula and lovely beaches with clean water.
It has been famous since ancient times for its curative springs created by volcanic phenomena. There is a characteristic reference by Pausanias in ”Troiziniaka” to the eruption of the volcano and the appearance of hot springs with therapeutic properties.
Archaeological finds prove that the region had been inhabited since the prehistoric period. In antiquity, the peninsula belonged to the region of Troizinia, which the Athenians captured in 425 BC. The name Methana was derived from methane, which is related to the curative waters and volcanic activity in the region.
On the peninsula some 32 craters have been recorded. To reach the largest crater is a real challenge; you start out from Kameni Hora. The climb takes about 25 minutes. You walk on the now dry paths of red lava while admiring the rough black and red rocks and steep chasms.
Returning to the village, the visitor is rewarded at the lovely little tavernas beside the sea with their fresh seafood mezedes (snacks). Arriving back in the town of Methana, you are advised to devote a few minutes before you leave to take a short walk around the little islet with the church of Agioi Anargyroi and admire Methana before bidding it goodbye.

Source: Visit Greece - The Official website of the Greek Tourism Organisation