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The Peloponnes

The Peloponnese

Traditional Greek villages, ancient sites and stunning coastal villages

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 fantastic beaches.

A must see for visitors to this area is Ancient Olympia – the birthplace of the Olympic Games. You will see what remains of the original running track, where the Olympic Torch is lit, the Temple of Zeus and there’s an interesting museum too. We would highly recommend a guided tour to make the most of your time at this fascinating site.

One of the most stunning coastal villages in the whole of Greece is Pylos Town with its bustling waterfront and town square. You could also stay in Kalamata, a wonderful seaside city where you can soak up the sunshine and take time to visit interesting local sights and attractions including the Kalograion Monastery and the Kalamata Castle.

Costa Navarino is increasingly popular as it’s one of Greece’s newest resort areas. You’ll find boutique retreats and luxury five-star hotels nestled in an idyllic setting surrounded by the abundant greenery of the coastal forests and hills. The beaches are excellent and it’s an easy drive out to local historical sites too.

The best beaches include the sandy beaches of Kalogria and for a truly quiet destination, there’s Zaga beach in the town of Koroni.

You can hire a car and get around to most places quite easily as the roads are simple to navigate. This is a great way to explore more of what this area has to offer – you can travel to a remote beach, head up into the hills or stop at a local taverna and linger over a leisurely lunch of fresh fish or local Peloponnesian specialties. We recommend the roast lamb in tomato and the saitia – small local pies filled with fresh goat cheese and mint.

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Key Highlights
  • This Southern peninsula has a wonderful coastline and lush greenery
  • There are plenty of ancient sites to explore
  • Visit the Byzantine enclaves of Mystra and Monevasia
  • Treat yourself to a soak in the thermal springs of Kyllini
  • You must visit Olympia, the site for the first ever Olympic Games
  • Costa Navarino offers unspoilt beaches
  • Adventurers and explorers can find many opportunities for off-roading, hiking and rock climbing
  • The Caves of Diros are also worth a visit with its underground river, stalactites and stalagmites.
  • Pylos has wonderful natural beauty, a wealth of history and bucket loads of Greek charm
  • Kalamata is a popular choice for holidaymakers
  • Costa Navarino is a new resort where you’ll find a good selection of boutique and luxury five-star hotels
  • This area of Greece is popular with both couples and families seeking a relaxing holiday

Travel Information

Time Difference: GMT +3 hours

Currency: Euro

Climate Information

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°C but, more generally, it reaches a maximum of 30°C.

Rainfall occurs mostly between October and March.

Leisure & Activities

Ancient Messene
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 (forerunner 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 beaches. Some of the best beaches can be found at Gythio and Elafonisses. Two of the most popular destinations are Ermioni and Porto Heli.

Hotels in The Peloponnese