Tolo, Greece – Modern Tourism or Ancient History?

Tolo is a small Greek village situated in the Peloponnese peninsula. It is popularly known as Tolon. According to the Greek atlas, Tolo has been recently added to the map as a distinctive town but, in fact, it has a rich history that dates back to the early part of the 19th century and is mentioned as far back as around 2000 years ago.

The famous poet Homer wrote ‘The bay of Tolon’ based on this town where the fleet took part in the Trojan War. Later in history, the bay at Tolo was home to the ships that took refuge during the Byzantine War. After the end of rule of the Byzantines, Tolo came under the Frankish rule, after which it was captured by the Venetians and further by the Ottomans. A treaty was signed between the Venetians, the Germans, and the Polish against the Ottoman Empire, where in they decided to make Tolon the base of all their military operations to protect what we now know as modern Greece.

After the end of the Greek Revolution, a lot of refugees from Crete migrated to Tolo and the mid 20th century saw the rise of the town as an important place for tourists due to the tremendous beauty of the area. The tourism industry in the town grew rapidly, especially in the peak summer seasons, with the Greeks offering great hospitality to visiting tourists from many countries. Tolo is also also an important transit destination because of the accessibility to notable Greek archaeological sites.

Among the major sight-seeing places in Tolo is a monument building called Zoodhohos Pigi established in 1688 in the form of a church and the remains of the fort on the island of Daskaleio alongside the bay of Tolon.

The Tolo Beach is probably the best beach in the area, boasting cool and crystal clear water with golden sand along the length of it’s coast. Popular for swimming and sunbathing, the beach is close to the main town with easy access between the two.  

Tolo is believed to be one of the busiest Greek tourist destinations, attracting many people from the northern part of Europe and traffic can be very busy during the summer season.

The local people are extremely friendly in nature and greet the tourists with a lot of warmth. Fishing is still a large part of local economy and, on the whole, Tolo has retained its historical importance and traditional Greek charm giving all nationalities a unique place to visit.

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