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Peloponnese
Peloponnese

Roads lined with olive groves, cypress trees marking the contours of a stunning and varied landscape, lush mountains tumbling into azure waters, citrus plantations and some of Greece's best vineyards make the Peloponnese a fabulous choice for a holiday location; Skiing in winter, trekking in autumn, fishing in spring and fabulous beaches for summer fun.

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Pretty Cultural

_p_Culture and history abound at every turn throughout the Peloponnese. A brief summary of the main attractions within each region are below:_br /_
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Ancient Corinth. The ruins of the main site and the formidable Acrocorinth rising above are some of the most fascinating of the ancient sites. Wealthy and decadent, this was one of the most important city states of Ancient Greece, rebuilt in Roman times by Julius Caesar and important centre for St Paul and the early Christians._br /_
Ancient Nemea. This was a sanctuary dedicated to Zeus and one of the main four cities where the Games were held in Ancient Greece. Nemea is also famous for its wines._br /_
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Achaia_br /_
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Mount Kyllini. In ancient times, this mountain was sacred to Hermes and Hermes birth cave is located half an hour walk from the Alpine Club refuge._br /_
Stymphalia. Foul-smelling man-eating birds that blotted out the sky in ancient times have given way to herons and other birds now settled at the lake. An Acropolis and ancient ruins are still visible as well as a 13th Century Cistercian abbey church._br /_
Church of Evrostina near Derveni is absolutely fascinating and not for the faint-hearted. Built precariously right into the rock face, you have to climb through various tunnels and up perpendicular ladders to explore the site with astonishing views right out over glorious countryside._br /_
Ancient Aigeira is a beautiful, quiet and isolated site with amphitheatre with an endless view over the Corinthian Gulf._br /_
The River Styx was one of the five rivers of Hades and where Achilles was dipped by his mother to ensure immortality. You can still follow the signs to 'The Immortal Waters' and follow through forests and alpine meadows to the peak where the waterfall gushes from the rocks._br /_
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Kalavryta. Take the rack-and-pinion railway from Diakopto through the Voraikos Gorge to the mountain town of Kalavryta. Not only does this area have 2 important monasteries - Aghios Lavra and Mega Spileo, but it is also home to the 2nd largest ski resort in Greece._br /_
Ancient Delphi - the greatest oracle of the ancient world though not in the Peloponnese but just over the other side of the Corinthian Gulf. This is easily accessible either by ferry from Aigion on the Peloponnese side or via the new suspension bridge just before Patras. Delphi has an excellent museum and fascinating ancient ruins in a spectacular mountain location._br /_
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Ancient Olympia. The Olympic Games were the most prestigious in the ancient world, and this fascinating site spread out over a large area is well worth a whole day._br /_
Castle of Chlemoutsi - a magnificent and impressive site on a hill that has been inhabited since Palaeolithic times. The castle dates from the 13th Century._br /_
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Mycenae. Immense citadel surrounded by massive Cyclopean walls was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999. Don't miss the Treasury of Atreus with its beehive design on the road out of the main site._br /_
Ancient Argos and its ancient citadel sitting a-top a great mound rising from the plain can be seen from miles around._br /_
Nafplion - this has to be one of the most beautiful towns of Greece with its predominantly Venetian architecture. The spectacular Palamidi Fortress sits high above the town. Just across the harbour is Bourtzi which is a very pretty, little castle built off-shore by the Venetians and with later Ottoman influence. Nafplion has a stunningly beautiful marble 'plateia' (town square) and an excellent archaeological museum which is not to be missed._br /_
Tiryns just outside Nafplion with its massive Cyclopean walls which Pausanias compared to the pyramids of Egypt is well worth visiting but don't be put off by its now slightly urban-looking setting._br /_
Epidavros This is a really beautiful site and dedicated to Asklepios, the god of healing. The museum has a great collection of ancient medical instruments. The ruins include a 4th BC hotel, ancient baths, large gymnasium, an Odeion, Stoa full of shops, a stadium and various temples - all for the most part all remarkably well preserved so you can easily put together the pieces of history as you wander around the site. The piece de resistance is the ancient Theatre of Epidavros which is a work of harmony and beauty both within itself and in relationship to its surrounding landscape. This is the best-preserved theatre in Greece and every summer comes to life as part of the Festival of Greece with its programme of theatre, music, opera and dance._br /_
Methana - this is an important spa town with three thermal springs still used today to soothe rheumatism and other aches and pains. The Methana volcano with its other-wordly landscape of black, red and green crags and steep vertical drops to the azure sea below can be viewed by taking the path from the church of Aghios Ioannis in the village of Kaimeni Chora._br /_
Hermioni is a pretty, pine-fringed peninsula with a port on either side and an ancient Temple of Poseidon scattered through the woods._br /_
Frachthi Cave is where the most ancient Greek skeleton to have been unearthed was found (8,000 BC). The Archaeological Museum of Naplion has some fascinating exhibits from this cave going back to Paleolithic times. The cave is in the most breathtaking setting - best viewed from the sea._br /_
Didyma boasts two enormous craters that are clearly evident when driving along that are said to be craters left by meteors. They now house two little 15th Century churches built into the sides of the craters which are delightful and well worth visiting._br /_
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Mantinea lying 12 km from Tripolis the capital town of the region has been inhabited from Geometric times. Arcadia in general was considered ancient even by the Ancients (!) so famous temples and shrines abound._br /_
Tegea - famous in the ancient world for its fearless warriors, a splendid Temple was built in ancient times in dedication to the goddess Athena._br /_
Lykosoura - it used to be said that this was the oldest city in the entire world and even as late as Roman times a flame was kept eternally lit in front of Apollo's shrine._br /_
Mount Lykaio 'Wolf Mountain' is the haunt of the ancient werewolves and it was rumoured throughout antiquity that human sacrifices were offered here._br /_
Stemnitsa & Dimitsana are two of the loveliest villages in Greece with medieval stone houses and wonderful views over the countryside, some beautiful medieval churches and at Dimistana, a museum displaying a collection of rare old books._br /_
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Sparta - powerful, brave and fearsome were the Spartans and it was here that the Trojan Wars were ignited. Ancient Sparta with its well-preserved acropolis, temples, Roman theatre and early Christian basilicas is a fascinating historical site to explore._br /_
Palace of Menalaos an immense Mycenean palace reputed to be the one from which Paris stole Helen._br /_
Mystra - Byzantine Mistra was known as the 'Florence of the East'. It's now a ghost town with beautiful medieval houses and Byzantine churches with luminous frescoes set on a hill above the modern town._br /_
Monemvasia is set on a precipitous rock floating just off the coast and connected to the mainland by a bridge. With only one entrance it offered a completely secure and fortified setting allowing the Byzantine Monemvasiotes to create a medieval republic. The Kastro 'Castle', surrounding medieval houses, narrow cobbled streets and delightful Byzantine churches cast an almost dream-like existence on the town._br /_
Mani - Outer Mani belongs to Messenia and Inner Mani belongs to Laconia. The Maniots were a strong, fierce and independent bunch renowned for their vendettas. The tower houses and fortified stone villages protected by the surrounding Taiyetos mountains are reflective of this. The earliest churches date from the 6th Century and all the churches are fascinating and most are lovingly restored. Mani is a whole region unto itself and needs days to explore._br /_
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Kalamata is a pleasant modern town with smart marina, plenty of parks and a vibrant cultural life. It also boats a Frankish castle and a new Archaeological Museum._br /_
Ancient Messene is located on the slopes of Mount Eva and is enclosed by magnificent Classical walls. The First, Second and Third Messenian Wars against the Spartans, for which the region is famous, go right back to the 8th Century BC._br /_
Nestor's Palace - Pylos is famous for its association with Nestor who ruled for three generations. At Troy his 90 ships were only over-shadowed by Agamemnon's. The palace is the best preserved example of a Mycenean royal residence.>>>>>>>>>>>>_/p_

Pretty Good Beaches

_p_Every part of the Peloponnese as its fair share of excellent beaches too numerous to name but a few:_br /_
Kourouta (Elis)_br /_
Miles and miles of golden sand and few people make this beach one of the most beautiful of the Peloponnese_br /_
Trapeza (Achaia)_br /_
Awarded a European Blue Flag denoting the cleanest beaches of Europe, this is a long, pebbly beach with water that looks like the colour of bleach in water_br /_
Loggos (Achaia)_br /_
Blue Flag beach with pebbles and crystalline waters_br /_
Elafoniso (Laconia)_br /_
Small island south of Monemvasia with possibly some of the most spectacular beaches in Greece: gorgeous, white, floury sand on absolutely transparent sea_br /_
Hinitsa (Argolis)_br /_
Pretty bay fringed by pine trees with an excellent (though expensive) fish tavern_br /_
Kalogria (Messinia)_br /_
Near Stoupa, this is a stunning beach in a small bay with golden sand and turquoise waters. It has beach volley, loungers with umbrellas and various beach bars_br /_
Finikounda (Messinia)_br /_
Long, white sandy beach also excellent for surfing_br /_
Tyros (Arcadia)_br /_
Pretty beach with white sand and framed by lush mountains_br /_
Plaka Leonidiou (Arcadia)_br /_
Sandy beach about 4kms long and with various fish tavernas>>>>>>>>>>>>_/p_

Pretty Sporty

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Tolos Beach (Argolida)_br /_
Finkounda Beach (Messinia)_br /_
Mavrovounio Beach (Lakonia)_br /_
Porto Heli (Argolida)_br /_
Drepano (Achaia)_br /_
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Waterskiing_br /_
Tolos (Argolida)_br /_
Porto Heli (Achaia)_br /_
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Diving_br /_
Panagopoula Beach (Achaia)_br /_
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Sailing_br /_
Sailing Association of Patras (Achaia): +30 2610 423939_br /_
Achaic Sailing School (Achaia): +30 2610 429698_br /_
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Walking & Hiking_br /_
The Peloponnese is a walker's and hiker's paradise and includes one of the major trans-European hiking routes: The E4 starts in Spain and goes over 10,000 kilometres including right through the heart of Achaia in the Peloponnese. Great walking territory can also be found at Kardamyli (Laconia) also on the E4 route. Wherever you find yourself in the Peloponnese, there are mountains, villages, lakes, rivers, high plateaus and pastures, waterfalls and forests to explore by foot._br /_
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Skiing_br /_
Mount Helmos above Kalavrtya (Achaia) is the 2nd largest ski resort in Greece offering plenty of winter fun either on or off-piste as well as 2 ski schools.>>>>>>>_/p_

Pretty Delicious! Food and Drink

_p_The Peloponnese has particular significance among Greece's winegrowing areas. The regions produces the grapes for raisins as well as grapes for a quarter of all Greek wines. The Peloponnese is predominantly red wine country. In Nemea there is the Agiorgitiko grape; in Patras the highly prized sweet Mavrodaphne, a white Muscatel and a dry white Rhoditis grape; the Mantinea region has a fruity Moschofilero. Throughout the region you will find excellent Greek wine, both red and white._br /_
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In tavernas by the sea, you will find fresh bream, bass and snapper on offer as well as calamari, octopus or thrapsala (a type of sweeter, more tender calamari). In the mountains, you will come across wild boar stew, suckling pig, wild mountain greens, trout caught in local rivers, rabbit stifado and cockerel in wine sauce as well as local cheeses and honey like nectar to name just a few delicious treats._br /_
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The Peloponnese is the major olive and fruit producing region of Greece. Kalamata olives are renowned but all over the region you will find excellent cold-pressed Extra Virgin olive oil and many of the villages still have a working press. Citrus fruits, raisins, figs and melons abound, and in the fertile valleys almond, walnut and chestnut trees are rich with produce.>>>>>>>>_/p_