Luxury in Peloponnese : Scenic villages, ancient monuments, mediaeval castles, spectacular beaches
The region covers much of the Peloponnese peninsula in southern Greece. Its shape resembles the leaf of a plane tree and it is actually an island connected to the mainland of Greece in two spots: the Corinth Canal and the Bridge of Rio Antirio. The motherland of the ancient Greeks is known for its abundant ruins, sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, beach resorts lining the coast, and old-fashioned mountain villages in its rugged interior. Celebrated beaches are those in the Gulf of Messinia, Kardamyli, as well as Old Epidaurus and Porto Heli. Its few cities include Sparti, situated between the remnants of ancient Sparta and the fortified town of Mystra. Monuments are found from every period of its history, as well as great archaeological sites such as ancient Olympia, Epidaurus, Mycenae and Tirynth. Byzantine churches, unique settlements and castles, mountains, forests, rivers and caves surrounded by the sea, make this part of Greece ideal for holidays, sports and tourists from all over the world. The food is among Greece's best and the region's vineyards contribute to Greece's wine renaissance. Terrific winery-hopping, boutique accommodation in luxury villas and the inexhaustible hospitality of the locals will ensure that visiting the Peloponnese will remain in your memory forever.
Originally a peninsula connected to the rest of the country by the Isthmus of Corinth, it is now cut off from the mainland by the narrow Corinth Canal, spanned by bridges connecting Peloponnese to Attica across the canal. The Peloponnese is the stuff of legends, the heart of ancient Greece and the birthplace of the Olympic Games. It is here that Hercules fought the Nemean lion and where the Argonauts set sail from in search of the Golden Fleece. This region bears concrete traces of the many civilisations that once called it home, witnessed in its classical temples, palaces, Byzantine cities, and fortresses. The area has a dry climate on the east, cold, snow and rich vegetation in its central and mountainous parts and rain and heat in the west. The Peloponnese is world-famous for its olive oil and Kalamata olives, but the sweet fragrance of the orange groves in Sparta and Argos, and their tasty fruit will also stay with you forever. Accommodation is varied in Peloponnese, from self-catering luxury apartments for rent to luxurious resorts. Very tourist developed places are Kalamata, Nafplion, Gythio and Killini, while Monemvasia, Elafonissos and Porto Heli are also great holiday destinations.