Vravrona is one of the most important archaeological sites in Attica. It has been inhabited since the Bronze Age and was one of the 20 municipalities that got together to make up the Athenian State. It gradually developed into a place of worship to Artemis where a temple dedicated to the goddess was built.Today, Vravrona is one of the most picturesque villages in East Attica. Its area combines rich natural beauty, great biodiversity -being an important migratory birds station-, and rich cultural elements. Hiking the well-maintained trails is very easy with access to the mouth of the River Erasinos and the ancient temple.
The Archeological Museum of Vravrona
In the Archaeological Museum of Vravrona, there are findings and sculptures from the Early Bronze Age to the Roman period and depict the sacred character of the area. In this specific museum, are exhibited numerous statues of children (bears) and toys as Artemis was goddess protector of childbirth and children too. Inside the sanctuary pottery, jewelry, bronze mirrors, stone, and wooden compasses were found dating from the ninth to the fourth century, complementing the numerous exhibits in the museum. You may visit the museum after visiting the Sanctuary of Artemis since they are both housed in the same space. It opens early in the morning from 08:00 and 15:00.
The organized beaches of Vravrona compared to the beaches of Artemida are quieter in some places there are stones and their waters run deeper. Choose the beach that suits your needs and desires. Relax, enjoy the mesmerizing colors of the sunset and gaze at the horizon as the waves reach your feet lazily.
The Sanctuary of Artemis
The Sanctuary of Artemis is located in the ancient site of Vravrona. Artemis was the goddess of nature and hunting, women and childbearing. The temple is Doric in style, built in the 6th century BC and is considered one of the oldest and most revered sanctuaries in Attica. Today only its foundations are preserved where the worshiping statue of the goddess was. Visiting the Temple and the Museum is truly a unique experience. Moreover, nature there is magnificent and full of greenery.
The Vravrona wetland
The Vravrona wetland is situated on the coast of Eastern Attica, in the Municipality of Markopoulo, just 35 km away from Athens. The remarkable landscape has managed to remain almost intact. Erasinos River, the shallow bay on its estuary, the surrounding hills and the cultivated land, have created a rich wild life ecosystem, unique in Attica. The presence of Erasinos River, the shallow bay, the surrounding hills and the contiguous cultivated land have created a rich ecosystem, really unique in Attica. It combines a landscape of great beauty, rich in biodiversity especially for birds. If you visit the wetland, you will have the opportunity to see pelicans, seagulls, swans, cranes, nightingales, and other species. Among the plants you may see hedgehogs, green toads (frogs) and Mediterranean turtles!