Situated on a peninsula at the southern most part of Greece, this area is an ideal destination if you want to visit some of the finest ancient ruins Greece has to offer combined with soaking up the sun on its fantastic beaches.
Typical ancient sites to visit would include Olympia - the birthplace of the Olympic Games and the historic city of Sparta. The Caves of Diros are also worth a visit with its underground river, stalactites and stalagmites. One of the most stunning coastal villages in the whole of Greece is Pylos Town with its bustling waterfront and town square.
The best beaches include the sandy beaches of Kalogria and for a truly quiet destination, there's Zaga beach in the town of Koroni.
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The Peloponesse has a typically Mediterranean climate with hot dry summers and cooler, wetter winters. Summer temperatures can reach as high as a blistering 40 degrees Celsius but, more generally, it reaches a maximum of 30 degrees. Rainfall occurs mostly between October and March.
There’s an abundance of ancient archaeological sites in the Peloponnese, and one of the least famous is Ancient Messene, but it’s well worth a visit. Founded around the 10th century BC, the site includes a stadium and amphitheatre as well as the Asklepeion Temple.
Olympia is probably one of the most famous ancient sites in Greece. The first Olympian Games (for runner of the Olympic Games) took place at Olympia in 776BC and then every four years until 393AD. Although earthquakes over the years have caused a lot of devastation, you can still see the remains of the running track and other associated buildings.
The Peloponnese coastline is dotted with lovely seaside villages and sparkling beaches. Some of the best beaches can be found at Gythio and Elafonisses. Two of the most popular destinations are Ermioni and Porto Heli.