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5 knockout things to do in Peloponnese

Dimitsana ● Elafonisos ● Epidavros ● Gytheio ● Kalamata ● Kalavrita ● Mani ● Methoni Messinia ● Monemvasia ● Nafplion ● Olympia ● Peloponnese ● Porto Cheli ● 07 March 2017
 

Peloponnese is famous all over Greece for its rich culture, its long history and its beautiful towns and villages. In Peloponnese, the variety of the things you can do is so great that exploring this region is like exploring a whole country with many different places and activities.

1. Important archaeological sites

The historical and archaeological sites in Peloponnese are significant, and their visit allows you to learn the whole ancient history of Greece. The Temple of Apollo Epicurius, Ancient Korinthos, the Ancient Theatre of Epidavros, where performances of ancient drama are displayed, the Archaeological Site of Mycenae, which was the centre of the Mycenaean civilisation, as well as the Archaeological Site of Olympia, where the Olympic Games of the antiquity took place, are only some of the numerous monuments you can visit, but they are among the most significant historical sites not only in Greece, but also in the whole world due to their influence to western civilisation.

Mycenae

2. Picturesque towns

In Peloponnese, you can spend a couple of days in one of its beautiful towns that have kept their character and traditional architecture, offering you the opportunity to relax and enjoy unforgettable moments. Monemvasia looks like it comes from the Medieval Era, Gytheio and Nafplion with their neoclassical buildings are romantic places to walk around and get rest, while Kalamata is a littoral town, which belongs to the most wonderful large cities of Greece.

Nafplion

3. Idyllic villages in nature

Peloponnese has also many wonderful villages that are perfect for relaxation and activities in nature. The villages of Mani, the mountainous villages of Oreini Arkadia, like Stemnitsa Arkadias and Dimitsana with its amazing atmosphere, as well as the coastal villages of Messinia, like Methoni Messinia, are the best options to explore the nature of Greece and have an idyllic experience away from the crowds.


4. Astonishing beaches

The varied landscape of Peloponnese consists of amazing coasts with crystal waters and sandy beaches. The most famous beaches of Peloponnese are located in Elafonisos, in Tolon Nafplion, in Porto Cheli, in Pylos (Voidokoilia) and in Methoni Messinia.


5. Winter activities and resorts

In Peloponnese, there are many choices for winter sports. Hiking or mountain biking at the mountains of Helmos, Taygetos and Mainalon are the most obvious options, and Lousios River is ideal for kayak and rafting. There are also two ski resorts, the one at Helmos Mountain near Kalavrita, and the other at Mainalon Mountain.


Where to Stay

Hotel & Appartment in Mystras, Greece Mazaraki Guesthouse
Mazaraki Guesthouse
Pikoulianika, 23100 Mystras, Greece

Mazaraki Guesthouse is located in the village of Pikoulianika, just a 5-minute drive from Mystras. The city of Sparti is a 15-minute drive away. The nearest airport is Kalamata International Airport, 60 km away.

Hotel in Sparta, Greece Melies Hotel
Melies Hotel
Kokkinorachi Lakonias, 23100 Sparta, Greece

Melies Hotel is located in the small village of Kokkinorachi just an 8-minute drive from Sparta. The nearest Airport is the airport of Kalamata, which is approximately an hour's drive away.

Hotel in Laconia, Greece Limeni Village
Limeni Village
Limeni Areopolis, 23062 Laconia, Greece

Limeni Village is located in the small, seaside settlement of LImeni, close to Aeropolis. Kalamata International Airport is 88 km away.


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