Paralio Astros is located in Peloponnese, in the prefecture of Arcadia.It is 30 km distance from Nafplio and 40 km from Tripoli.
Paralio Astros possesses beaches and a harbour which can accommodate small ships. A medieval Frankish fortress commands the heights of a peninsula called “The Island” which juts out to form the harbour.
Paralio Astros tooks its name from the star-shaped peninsula, the “Nisi” (‘The Island’) On top of the “Nisi” dominates the old castle. The castle built in 1256 AD by Prince William Villehardouin in order to protect the locals from attacks.
At the foot of the castle there is a small amphitheater built by the port, where cultural events take place during the summer. Also the main big square by the port is full of cafe and taverns open all day where you can enjoy food and have a relaxed coffee time. At the square there are ATM and a bank, and few meters from the square there is a post office and a police station.
Paralio Astros offered for a quiet, romantic walks in the picturesque harbor with fishing boats sailing, as well as exploring the quaint little streets.
Further down the main paved road by the sea there is a primary school with a big forecourt ideal for kids to play and there is a big ‘plaza’ beach with organized beach lies, beach bars and restaurants along the 8 km of sandy beach.
It is also nice to visit the historical town of Astros (‘Mesogeio’, the Inland Astros” which is located 4 Km from Paralio Astros. Astros has also a big square with restaurants and cafe, banks, post office and several schools; primary schools, high schools, and number of churches. At Astros also located the city hall of the municipality of Noth kynouria( ‘Dimos Vorias kynourias’)
Astros was the site of the Second National Assembly of the Hellenes during the Greek War of Independence, convened in the spring of 1823, under the presidency of Petros Mavromichalis. This assembly produced the first constitution of Modern Greece.
The Second National Assembly at Astros (Greek: Β’ Εθνοσυνέλευση στο Άστρος) was the second Greek National Assembly, a national representative body of the Greeks who had rebelled against the Ottoman Empire. It convened between 29 March and 18 April 1823. It’s most important task was the revision of the Constitution of Epidaurus, adopted in the First National Assembly. The new Constitution was voted on April 13, and was called the Epidaurus Law to stress its continuity with the one of 1822.
It was legally more articulate as compared to its predecessor. It allowed a slight superiority to the Legislative power as opposed to the Executive, given the fact that the latter’s veto power was circumcised from an absolute to a suspending one. The new Constitution also marked an improvements as far as the protection of human rights was concerned: property was protected, as was the honor and the security not only of Greeks but of all persons on Greek territory; it established the freedom of the press and abolished slavery. It also abolished local governments. However, the great disadvantage of the yearly term of the Administrative branches remained unaltered, a result of the ever-growing distrust between politicians and the military. The Assembly of Astros passed a new electoral law, according to which the right to vote was bestowed to men rather than to seniors, while the voting age went down from 30 to 25 years.
At Astros also located the Archaeological Museum of Astros which is located in a building which has been used as Karytsiotis school, since the second half of the twentieth century. In 1985, the building was converted into a museum by the Ephor of Antiquities, Dr. Theodoros Spyropoulos. The courtyard of the building was sim Lucius Vibullius Hipparchus Tiberius Claudius Atticus Herodes, otherwise known as Herodes Atticus (Ἡρῴδης ὁ Ἀττικός, was a very distinguished, rich Greek aristocrat who served as a Roman Senator and a sophist. He is notable as a proponent in the Second Sophistic by Philostratus.
The museum hosted collection of marble inscriptions from the villa of Herodes Atticus that located at Loukou Kynourias, from ancient “Thirea” and other objects of the Classical and Hellenistic periods. The courtyard of the museum it hosts parts of the Herodes Atticu’s mansion from the archaeological site of Eva, near the Monastery Loukous northwest of the Astros. Eva is the place that built the 20,000 sqm mansion for Herod Atticus 2nd AD century, one of the most important buildings in Greece, very rich in impressive sculptures and mosaics.
Food in Paralio Astros
There are many taverns and Seafood Restaurants at the coastal road ,that starts from the “Nisi” (hill) until the Doors (area).
Starting from the square, just before the parking near harbor, you can enjoy Greek food and pizza in Paralio Astros square.
From the square until small pier, there are many Café – Restaurants that served Greek food, pizza and pasta.
At the main street (Zafeiropoulou street) that starts from the kiosk in the square, you will find shops selling fast food with delicious Souvlaki, pancakes and cool cold Yaourtaki.!
Seafood Restaurants that served fish will find from the small pier until at the Portes location.
On the other side of Paralio Astros to Nafplio you can find in Glyfada place Restaurant – Tavern with a great fish ,meat and Greek food menu.
At the «La Luna» Café-Restaurant located in Portes location ( 160 meters from Houdis Houses) you can enjoy throughout the day ouzo , pizza ,pasta and other Greek food.
Nightlife – Café Bar in Paralio Astros
The Astro’s Café Bars has plenty for all ages.You will find theme at the Square to the small harbor.
For visitors who want Clubing, Paralio Astros have two Clubs.
The Sail In Club that located 200 meters on the road Paralio Astros – Astros and «Actus Club » that located in “Paliochano Palaced ” on beach road Astros – Nafplio.