The region of the Peloponnese is the southernmost point of mainland Greece, and in fact, can technically be called an island. It is a holiday destination for connoisseurs of Greece, since it combines stunning sandy beaches with crystal waters, renowned ancient cities, 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, offering a glimpse into its glorious past.
Much of the region/'s charm has nothing to do with past civilizations, though. The Peloponnese is also ideal for holidays 'off the beaten track', there are peaceful and secluded areas all over the region from pretty small ports to sandy beaches (some of the finest and least developed in Greece) and charming shoreside restaurants with delicious local cuisine.
Most of the regions of the Peloponnese are reachable by car from Athens within a one to five hours drive. The Peloponnese also offers an unspoiled stunning coastline to explore by yacht and the beautiful islands of Spetses or Hydra are perfect for a daily cruise.
How to get there
- By plane to Athens and from there by car (between 1h30min and 3h depending on the area)
- By plane to Kalamata and from there by car (50min-applies for Kardamyli only)
What we love the most
Its unique natural beauty and its strong cultural heritage make the Peloponnese a truly unique place to explore, as it hosts some of the most important ancient sites, diverse landscape with mountains, rivers gorges, exquisite charming villages and a series a wonderful beaches.