Methana is an volcanic peninsula in the Saronic gulf near Athens and Piraeus, Greece. The approximately 55 square kilometres peninsula is created 80 % by volcanic lava domes. The highest mountain top is the Chelona top with 740 m altitude. There are forests, valleys and high plains. Methana is an ideal destination for trekking and for photographing.
The best way to get to Methana is by car from Athens (ca. 2,5 hours drive), by a ship from Piraeus or by flying dolphin fast ships from Piraeus to Poros island.
By car: Highway Athens-Corinthos - towards Epidavros - Galata/Poros - Methana, about 2,5 hours (be careful if it is raining, slippery roads!)
By ship: There are ferry boats from Piraeus sailing Piraeus (Egina) - Methana - Poros. If there is only a flying dolphin hydrofoil, take it to Poros and get to Galatas to take a taxi to Methana (about 25 Euro).
On Methana there are some roads and nice hiking trails. There are taxis to get anywhere on the peninsula but expect prices around 10-16 Euro. It is recommended to take a rented car for example at Galata (Top Cars Mr. Dimitris Karababas) or at the airport Athens.
The volcanic peninsula Methana is a highly interesting area for geology, archaeology, nature and folk history. There are many ancient and prehistoric sites, like the Mycenean excavation at the chapel Agios Konstantinos & Elenis near Methana where an prehistoric sanctuary has been excavated. The items that have been found there can be seen in the archaeological museums of Piraeus and Poros. There are two ancient acropoles that have not been excavated at the port of Vathy (Paliocastro) and near the harbor of Agios Georgios, the acropolis Oga where an sanctuary of Poseidon Fytalmios existed. There are many other sites of archaeological importance spoiled in the mountains of Methana and an systematic research & excavation could bring to light archaeological sensations.
There are also about 30 extinct volcanoes and the remains of an older caldera in the mountains of Methana. The central crater is situated in the valley of Stavrolongos (wrongly called "Stravolongos"). There are lots of lava domes around the peninsula and the most famous one is the historic volcano & lava dome near the village of Kameni Hora.
For nature lovers the hiking paths offer the experience of a great volcanic landscape with lots of rare animals and plants (especially in spring time). The hiking paths have to be cleaned in some positions, so it is not yet easy to follow every of them.
Methana penisula is an ideal place for hiking, mountain bikes, but NOT (!!!) yet for climbing with ropes etc. in the historic volcano. There is a too high danger in case of an accident you will find no help in time! Methana is nice for swimming & snorkeling and of course for healing baths in the thermal springs. The area is great for photographers, nature lovers, geologists, etc.
Get the fresh herbs like origano ("rigani") and local made oil, soap, macaroni, etc.
There are some good taverns & restaurants in Methana, at Vathy village, at Agios Georgios harbor and at the settlement of Agios Nikolaos. Everything is fresh made and local.
Do not drink & drive :-)
There are hotels, private hotels and private rooms in the town of Methana, at Megalohori village, at Vathy and near Agios Georgios.
There are some nice café & bars and the disco at La Playa. It is very nicew to sit in one of the café and taverns at the sea side of Methana, Vathy or Agios Georgios.