Surrounded by sea from all sides, the region provides amazing beaches. The Peloponnese is also famous as the cradle of wellness and for its farm to table culinary philosophy. Its award-winning olive oils, mouthwatering cuisine and lush wine regions are what foodie
Ancient Mycenae, Epidaurus, Nafplio
The ancient Mycenae, is an archaeological site that one must visit to feel the special aura that surrounds it, while it is considered to be one of the most important ancient civilizations. Next, the ancient theater of Epidaurus with the amazing accoustics, is visited by thousands of visitors every year and hosts important theatrical performances during summer. In less than a 30’ minute drive, one will find Nafplio, the painting-like town with paved alleys and neoclassical buildings still holding up to its past grandeur as the first capital of Greece. You should not miss a walk around the Old Town of Nafplion, Palamidi Fortress and the Castle of Bourtzi.
Another highlight of the Peloponnese region, is the archaeological site of Mystras, surrounded by walls and many Byzantine churches with interesting frescoes in the interior. On top of the hill, there is the Palace of the Despots. Mystras is declared as an archaeological UNESCO World Heritage site.
Monemvasia is among the most impressive and romantic towns in Greece. The Medieval Castle of Monemvasia is entirely built against the slopes of a huge rock, connected to the mainland through a narrow pathway only.
Mani, Porto Heli, Menalo
Mani is a wide region divided in two parts, Mani of Laconia and Mani of Messini. The first represents the raw and rough face of Peloponnese, built within massive rocks and bare mountains, this place boasts a wild beauty that seems almost unearthly. Laconic Mani is not massively developed maintaining its natural character and its overwhelming energy with a few small taverns and old cafes for a sip of authentic tradition.
Porto Heli is also known as the Greek Riviera, as it is a cosmopolitan area overlooking the island of Spetses filled with newly built properties to rent throughout its verdant landscape.
The great geography of the land, gives to travelers the ability to choose from a vast variety of outdoor activities, such as climbing mount Menalo, rafting in river Lucius, trekking along the paths that according to the myths were once walked by gods, and take part in exciting water sports in the cosmopolitan resorts.
The archaeological site of Olympia, on the western side of Peloponnese, is mostly famous as the venue of the ancient Olympic Games, that took place every four years as part of celebrations for god Zeus.
Today, Olympia site hosts ancient temples, a stadium, and the Archaeological Museum. This museum hosts stunning pieces found at excavations in the ancient site and the region of Olympia, such as the Statue of Hermes of Praxiteles and the Nike of Paionios. The Ancient Stadium with the characteristic arch is also interesting sightseeing in Olympia.
Enjoyable activities to try in Olympia are hiking and cycling. Many old footpaths lead to tiny chapels, small settlements, forests and hilltops with breathtaking view. Close to Olympia, you can visit the amazing Oak Forest of Foloi.
Authentic Peloponnese Cuisine
In Peloponnese, the flavors of the local cuisine are as abundant as its nature. An exploration of the gastronomy of Peloponnese is fascinating, as the traditional recipes that have been salvaged and enriched over the years are a significant part of the Peloponnesian culture. Its award-winning olive oils, mouthwatering cuisine and wine regions are what culinary dreams are made of. A great variety of local oils, fruits, vegetables and of course all modern Nemea wineries, awaits you for divine wine tasting experiences, that will turn your holidays into a long-lasting memory.
Authentic Peloponnese Experiences
• Explore the famous Nemea wineries
• Walk through romantic Nafplio and enjoy a sunset from the castle
• Walk to the top of Monemvasia castle and admire the stunning view
• Discover the beaches and islands with a boat tour
• Join a private cooking class or an olive oil tasting
• Try the famous lobsters at the small, sandy island of Elafonissos
• Immerse yourself in the Ancient myths by visiting the ancient sites
• Take the rack train from Diakopto to Kalavryta, through the gorge of Vouraikos
• Take a hiking tour across the Peloponnese