Complete Travel Guide to Exploring the Peloponnese - Greece
Greece is a country that is the ideal holiday destination for millions of travellers each year. From the historic city of Athens, to the whitewashed islands in the Aegean and Ionian seas, Greece has everything that one could desire in this truly unique Mediterranean holiday destination.
The region of the Peloponesse is the sourthernmost point of mainland Greece, and in fact, can techincally be called an island, since the completion of the Corinth canal in 1893.
The Peloponnese is the perfect destination for your holiday in Greece ..... stunning sandy beaches and crystal waters, Olympia - the birthplace of the Olympic Games, ancient cities such as Mycenae and Pylos, the ancient theater of Epidaurus, and so many other wonderful places that are worth visiting.
Medieval remains, old Venetian castles like Nafplio, Methoni and Corinth, the Towers of Mani and the Byzantine places of Monemvasia and Mystra all make the Peloponnese a truly magical region in Greece, and one that offers such a vast wealth of both natural beauty, and ancient sites and ruins that offer a glimpse into the glorious past.
The Peloponnese is also ideal for holidays "off the beaten track", where you can truly explore all the magic that this region has to offer. There are peaceful and secluded areas all over the region, offering tranquility and beauty, making it the perfect destination away from the hustle and bustle and overcrowding of places such as Athens or other popular Greek Islands.
On route from Athens to the Peloponnese, you will pass through Corinthos (Korinthos) which is known as the "Gateway to the Peloponnese".
Here you can also stop and take a look at the Corinth Canal, which was finally completed (after hundreds of years in planning) in 1893.
The Peloponnese is also accessible from mainland eastern Greece, via the new Rio bridge, which connects the Peloponnese with Antirio, which is located close to the popular region of Nafpaktos.
Mycenae and Mystras are two very popular and historically important areas in the Peloponnese, and are visited by thousands of visitors every year. Mystras is a perfect example of a Byzantine city, with its well preserved houses and churches that date back to the 14th and 15th century.
The regions of Messinia and Laconia, located at the south of the Peloponnese are very popular destinations during the summer months and have lovely sandy beaches, and a very relaxing and picturesque setting.
The site of Ancient Olympia is one part of the Peloponnese that everyone should try and visit. It was here that the original Olympic Games took place in ancient times, and visitors can gain a fascinating insight into the origins of the Games.You can visit the museum as well, which houses a wonderful range of exhibits and findings from the area.
The whole region of the Peloponnese can be described as a paradise for those who are interested in the archaeological and ancient ruins that can be found everywhere. There are also many museums which you can visit to see some of the beautiful artifacts and objects that have been found during excavations of the various ancient sites.
Each region in the Peloponnese offers something different from the others, and when visiting all of them as you travel through the region, you can begin to appreciate just how magical and special this stunning region of Greece really is.