Mycenae

Mycenae was one of the most thriving towns of ancient Greece. It was the most important city of the Mycenaean civilization between 1600 and 1100 BC.  

Nowadays, Mycenae is an impressive archaeological site in the region of Argolis, 120 km southeast of Athens. It is believed that during the Roman Empire, Mycenae was a relevant touristic destination.

What to do in Mycenae

Lion Gate

The main gateway to the citadel of Mycenae is the most iconic symbol of this archaeological site. The Lion Gate was built in 1250 BC and measures 3 meters wide by 3 meters high. The main entrance is crowned by two large lions that also measure approximately 3 meters each.

Once you get to the main entrance, we suggest you look at the markings on the floor and the bolt holes to get an idea of how large the gate once was.

Treasury of Atreus

The German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann discovered the Treasury of Atreus during the nineteenth century. He was also responsible for revealing Mycenae in 1874 and spent most of his career trying to unearth Troy and demonstrate the existence of Agamemnon.

Erected approximately in 1250 BC, the circular monument was a large tomb for the Mycenaean royal family. It is even believed that the remains of Agamemnon, King of Mycenae, lie here.

Grave Circle

As well as the Treasury, six circular tombs were discovered to the south of the Lion Gate. The remains of nineteen people were found in the tombs.

Schliemann and his team found numerous relics, some made of gold, displayed in the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.

How to get to Mycenae?

Discover the best ways to get to Mycenae from Athens:

By car

Renting a car is the most popular option, especially if you plan to explore Greece at your own leisure. Click here to compare the best car rentals in Greece.

It is quite easy to get to Mycenae from Athens. Take the highway to Corinth and then head to Tripoli. Once you get to Corinth, continue about 25 km and then take the exit to Nafplio. You must then take the exit to Mycenae on this road. It takes approximately two hours from Athens.

By coach

The coaches that run between Athens and Nafplio stops in Mycenae. Depending on the season, you can either take a bus or walk to the archaeological site.

All coaches depart from Terminal A (100 Kifissou) once an hour between 7:30am and 7:30pm. The journey takes a little more two hours.