Mycenean Roads, Mycenae

  • Across Berbati valley from Mycenean road - © William Mackesy
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  • The great lion gate - © William Mackesy
  • Looking up at the valley from Mycenae - © William Mackesy
  • Mycenae - © William Mackesy
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  • 3000 year old culvert - © William Mackesy
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  • Lovely scrub - © William Mackesy
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  • Another Mycenean Bridge - © William Mackesy
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Key information: Mycenean Roads, Mycenae

     

  •  Here is a trail steeped in history: a walk around the base of the crag on which stood the great city of Mycenae, home of Homeric King Agamemnon. Then a steady climb up the valley behind it to join the remarkable remains of a 3,000 year old Mycenaean road.
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Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating91
  • Beauty30
  • Natural interest14
  • Human interest17
  • Charisma30
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating91

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 3-3.5km
  • Maximum Altitude: N/A
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
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WALK SUMMARY

Here is a trail steeped in history: a walk around the base of the crag on which stood the great city of Mycenae, home of Homeric King Agamemnon and city of its little state for some 400 years at a golden period of Greek history; then a steady climb up the valley behind it; at the col with the attractive, olive-studded Prosymni valley, join the remarkable remains of a Mycenaean road, at least 3,200 years old.

The ruins of Mycenae still sit, behind its "cyclopean" walls - built from blocks so large they were believed to have been laid by the one-eyed giants - and the famous Lion Gate, still lording it over the fertile plains which once provided its men and its wealth. It is a fascinating, moving place where you dream of the deeds and tragedies of the house of Atreus: Agamemnon murdered by his wife on his return from Troy, his son Orestes fleeing pursued by the furies after avenging his father's death.

The slopes below are cloaked in peaceful olive and orange groves, through which a small road winds, then climbs up a valley, through olives, rocky pasture and flowering scrub, to the pass to the lovely, wide Prosymni valley.

The Mycenaean hinterland was riddled with strongly built roads and paths, and the one you join here is a fine specimen: retained on its rocky hillside by huge blocks of stone, with drainage culverts and a bridge still extant after 3,200+ years, and wide enough for carts and chariots. It marches through lovely flowering scrub (well, in Spring anyway).

You can retrace your steps or make a slightly longer circuit by dropping downhill and circuiting back to the col on farm tracks.

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Looking up at the valley from Mycenae - © William Mackesy

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