Kranidi. Kranidi is an agricultural town in the hills of Agia Anna in the south of the Greek Department of Argolis. It is the capital of the province of Ermioni and is surrounded by olive groves. In the southeast is the pine forest of Korakia. Kranidi has approximately 4500 inhabitants who are mostly engaged in agriculture and cattle breeding. From Kranidi there is an excellent view of the peninsula which also bears the name Ermioni.
Kranidi has traditionally been a prosperous town. In the 19th century it was an important trading centre. The activity on maritime area was also great. Characteristic of the town are the traditional stone mansions with beautiful balconies and special skylights. Beautiful buildings include the town hall, library and churches from the 19th century that are scattered throughout the area.
Sights include the three windmills, traditional oil presses consisting of large stones and the main church of Agios Ioannis. Six kilometres away in the northeast near the village of Kilada is the cave of Farachti.
There are not many options to stay in Kranidi, but there is a big hotel and in addition there are some rooms for rent. It is also possible to stay in a hotel in one of the coastal towns near Kranidi. Popular coastal towns near Kranidi are Porto Cheli, Kosta, Ermioni and the fishing village of Kilada.
In Kranidi there are several restaurants and cafes. From the village of Kosta sail boats to the island of Spetses and that is worth doing.
Text: Yorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Revised by Maxine van Hoften Gee