Located at the tip of southern Greece, the rugged terrains of the Peloponnese peninsula mingles the beauty of the Mediterranean with the shades of ancient legends and history. As various empires marked the soil with their footprints through the ages, the landscape is dotted with the remnants of ancient civilizations along with middle age monasteries. Add to it the appealing landscape, fertile shades of the olive groves and vineyards along with the distinct flavour of authentic local delights that is sure to elevate your vacation to the next level.
So if you are packing your bags to discover the hidden charms of Greece through Peloponnese, here are our recommendations for the best spots to visit around the region.
Arcadia: The trail of history
With its poetic name derived from the roots of Greek mythology, Arcadia is the heart of Peloponnese. With exquisite beaches, dramatic views of rising cliffs and ancient monasteries perched on cliff tops, the region offer dramatic views. The land is dotted by mountain ranges like the Mainalon and Parnonas along with pristine lakes like Taka and Moustou, offering excellent options for hiking and biking. Archaeological sites like the Wall of Tegea and the Temple of Athena Alea are major attractions throughout the year.
Epidaurus: The legendary theatre
The chief attraction of this coastal town is the 2300 year old ancient theatre that was constructed in the 4th century BC. The theatre had the capacity to hold 14000 people and is known for its symmetric design and superior acoustics. During summer various Greek dramas are still performed here and experiencing such a performance can surely be counted as a lifetime experience.
Mani peninsula: A touch of wilderness
When you are looking for dramatic views, picturesque medieval villages and the traces of mythology, spend a few days exploring the beauty of Mani peninsula. Start with the spectacular underwater beauty of the Diros cave and move forward to the lovely village of Gerolimenas. The pretty villages of Kardamyli and Stoupa in outer Mani offer the perfect ambience for enjoying a relaxed holiday. Head further south to deep Mani and visit Cape Tenaro to stand on the southernmost tip of the European continent and walk into Skoutari village to enjoy its pristine beaches.
Laconia: The legend of Sparta
Surrounded by mountains on three sides, the plains of Laconia were the training grounds for the Spartan warriors. History lovers will enjoy the spectacular sites of Mystras and Monemvasia while the lovely fishing towns of Gythio and Elia are perfect spots to soak in the vibes of the region. Visit the Sparta Archaeological Museum to view the various relics from the Spartan era and step inside the Temple of Artemis Orthia which dates back to the 6th century BC.
Nafplio: For the medieval touch
Often termed as one of the most beautiful cities in Greece, Nafplio exudes a medieval aura that makes it a charming destination. A walk through the narrow streets is a rewarding experience with colourful shops and taverns presenting a lively ambience. The beach is a lovely spot to enjoy the sun and a visit to the fortress of Palamidi on a hilltop presents rewarding views across the sea.
Argolis: The perfect Greek beauty
Argolis presents the distilled beauty of authentic Greece that includes pristine landscapes and pretty villages spread across the beautiful coastal terrain. The land is perfect for hiking and a drive along the serpentine coastline rewards with magnificent views. It is also about enjoying the finest taste of the Greek cuisine and seeping some of the best flavours of the local wine.
Olympia: The legend of the Olympics
One of the most famous sites of ancient Greece lies on the western side of Peloponnese. There are two museums, the Archaeological Museum of Olympia and the Museum of the History of Excavations in Olympia that provides detailed insight into the past. The main site holds the sanctuary of Zeus and other building like the gymnasium and the Philippeion.
A visit to Peloponnese is a trip into a fascinating region of Greece that deserves special attention for its unique treasures.