Holidays In Peloponnese
Peloponnese Holidays at a glance
The Peloponnese is situated on a peninsula that makes up the most southern part of mainland Greece. Recognised as true Greece, the Peloponnese is an area of outstanding beauty which combines centuries of mythology and history. Split into several regions, there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy on their holidays. The northwest is rich in history and is an excellent base for sightseeing. It is also home to the archaeological site of Olympia, an ancient town with much historical interest.
Who holidays in Peloponnese?
If you want to experience some of the finest ancient ruins in Greece and spend your leisure time soaking up the sun, holidays in the Peloponnese are for you.
Key Facts - Peloponnese
- Time Difference+2 GMT
- Flight Duration from UK3 - 4 hours (Approx)
- Nearest AirportKalamata (KLX)
Peloponnese Holidays - Destination Profile
Greece is overflowing with attractive holiday destinations but the Peloponnese is a spectacular area of its very own significance.
Holidays in the Peloponnese can cater for a large variety of interests, with breathtaking beaches, welcoming villages and sites of global archaeological significance. This spectacular peninsula attracts tourists on holiday from all corners of the globe. So whether you're hoping to spend your Greek holiday devouring olives and ouzo or you're eager to witness the ruins of Ancient Olympia in the flesh, holidays in the Peloponnese could offer you much more than you expect.
Making the most of your Peloponnese holidays
The outstanding beauty of the Peloponnese means that it has been enjoyed by Greeks on holiday for centuries. To view a piece of global history firsthand, travel north west to Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympics, to see where it all began. The historic city of Sparta - which still has a population of 10, 000 people - is another gem of the Peloponnese, with many ancient relics that tourists can visit.
If you'd like to spend some of your holiday in the Peloponnese working on your tan, head towards the Mani peninsular, where you'll be able to bask in the sunshine on golden beaches that are virtually untouched by the commercial pressures of global tourism.
You'll also find some of the best food in Greece in the Peloponnese during your holiday; visit Kalamata to sample some of the regions famous olives, or find a restaurant along the seafront to fill your belly to its fullest.
Holidays in Peloponnese - Things to see
Olympia: The home of the first Olympic Games. There you can visit the archaeological museum and the museum of the Olympic games.
The Caves of Diros: Diros cavern is a magical place. An underground river is responsible for crystal waters through the glistening textures of stalactites and stalagmites of all sizes and shapes.
13th Century Fortress: Located in the town of Methoni - The fortress is surrounded on three sides by the sea and the fourth by a moat. Inside the fortress is an entire medieval town and you can literally spend hours wandering around. The name Methoni comes from the stones that the small castle named the Bourtzi. At the end of the peninsula, the harbour is situated, and you can continue underwater to the uninhabited island of Sapientza.
Pylos Town: One of the most attractive coastal villages in Greece. The town itself has a central square down by the waterfront and most life revolves around it. There are two castles; one on each side of the bay and nearby is the Mycenean Palace of Nestor, one of the best preserved of all Mycenean palaces.
Mountain Villages: There are an abundance of tranquil traditional little villages with locals going about their daily business without a care in the world. Get Together on the day after your arrival. The places available are limited.
Things to do on a Holiday in Peloponnese
Popular activities during Peloponnese holidays include snorkeling and windsurfing. The international festival of Ancient Olympia which takes place every July and August.
Peloponnese Holidays - Excursions
Athens and Corinth Canal: A super value for money, overnight stay in Athens combined with a cruise on the breathtaking Corinth Canal. Sample the highlights of the city - the world famous Parthenon and the changing of the guard at Syndagma.
Olympia: No visit to the Peloponnese is complete without a visit to the home of the Olympic Games, Ancient Olympia. Run the original Olympic track and see the recovered artifacts in the modern site museum.
Diros Caves: Visit these stunning caves, the 3rd largest of their kind in the world, either by boat or by coach
Mytras: Travel through the valleys and breathtaking scenery of the Langada to magical Mystras, the Byzantine capital of Greece. Walk at leisure through the captivating ruins of a once awesome town crowned by an imposing fortress.
Monemvasia: A fortified town built on two levels set impregnably on a great island-like eruption, rearing some 350 metres above sea level. Monemvasia is Greece's answer to the rock of Gibraltar.
Lazy Day Cruise: Enjoy a cooling cruise up and down the beautiful Mani coastline where you will have the chance to enjoy a swim from the boat and enjoy a lunch included in the price.
Tastes of the Mani: A perfect opportunity to travel through some of the hidden villages of the Taygetos mountains. See the traditional process of honey making and visit an olive oil press with a chance to sample 'Mani Gold', the local olive oil.
Eating/Drinking During Peloponnese Holidays
Greece holidays are truly a paradise for food lovers; speciality dishes include keftedes (meatballs with oregano and mint), dolmades (rice and herbs wrapped in vine leaves) and souvlaki (grilled skewers of meat). Try a Greek meze (a selection of different Greek dishes to taste a little of everything). To compliment your meal, restaurants offer a number of delicious, inexpensive local wines varying from area to area. Or try a glass of ouzo, Greece's national drink.
Major resorts provide a wide variety of bars and restaurants with something to suit all tastes, from all-night discos and international restaurants to cosy little tavernas serving typical Greek fare. Nightlife in the smaller resorts tends to centre round the latter where the charm lies in their authenticity and more traditional feel.
Getting Around on Peloponnese Holidays
By Boat and bus: If you are in Olympia or Pyrgos: There are regular coach connections to Patras (Coach terminal). From there, you can take ferries to a few resorts in Italy, stopping at either Corfu or Igoumenitsa on the way. Patras lies 115 kms south west from Olympia, and 250 km from Stoupa.
Bus or Train: You can reach Patras and Pyrgos by train from Ancient Olympia with a regular train service. There will also be a regular shuttle train service to Pyrgos from Ancient Olympia, and a bus connection from Stoupa to Patras.
By Car: Rent a fully comprehensively insured car from our representatives in the Peloponnese.
Peloponnese Holidays Shopping
Kalamata black olives and very good quality olive oil, including organic oil, which is available to buy in Stoupa and the surrounding villages.
Olive oil soap, local honey, etc.
There is a monastery in Kalamata where the nuns produce silk, and you can buy silk scarves made in the city of Kalamata.
Antique pottery, jewellery from the 1950s. Found in the village of Kardamili (antique shops), and also in Stoupa and Kardamili (souvenir shops).
Beautiful coloured glass lamps in a traditional style are sold in Kardamili.
Holidays in Peloponnese - Beaches
Stoupa and Kalogria beach ; golden sandy beach with chilled out beach bars playing everything from classical to soul, (located in the Stoupa area).
Gulf of Corinth - an extremely long stretch of beach that is popular with Athenian weekender's. The beach is ideal for families as it is free from mass tourism and is very clean. There are not many facilities but you can enjoy traditional Greek cuisine.
Zaga Beach - located in the lovely little port town of Koroni just outside of Kalamata. The beach is quiet and is the perfect place to unwind. Just further down the coast is the fishing village of Finikounda which is one of the best windsurfing spots in Greece.
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