The Peloponnese is a quiet and exceptionally picturesque place to visit, full of small villages, unspoilt beaches, forested mountains, valleys and gorges as well as plenty of archaeological sites to explore. It is truly a place of hidden treasures.
Try a fly drive on the Peloponnese - it's a great way to see the countryside, stop off in out-of-the-way places and interact with the local people.
On the Peloponnese you'll find the ancient site of Olympia, the original home of the Olympic Games and the Byzantine monasteries of Mystra, Sparta, Monemvasia (known as the Gibraltar of Greece).
See Kalavrita with its rack and pinion railway, head to the mountains to visit tucked-away villages such as Vytina and Dhimitsana, and visit the Argolis region, home to the ancient site of Mycenae & amphitheatre at Epidavros, plus many castles and fortresses dotted around the Peloponnese. The unspoilt beaches around the Peloponnese are amongst some of the most beautiful in Greece.
Here, also, are places of interest such as the Corinth Canal, the Diros Caves,and the mountains of Parnasos, Taigetos and Chelmos. There is truly something for everyone!
Where to visit
The villages of mountainous Arcadia are certainly off the beaten track but it's definitely worth the effort!
This medieval tower town, the 'Gibraltar of Greece', is linked to the mainland by a causeway.
"Just back from our great greek adventure!! Thanks for the brilliant arrangements - everything was just perfect. A special mention should be made to the excellent taxi driver from Argonaut - unfortunately we didn't get his name - but he was such a lovely polite lad and his timekeeping was spot on from meeting us at the airport to meeting us off the hydrofoil. We loved the route you gave us - first we managed the climb to the Acropolis (despite the 35% heat!!) which was unbelievable - the visit to monomvassia was well worth the detour, lovely little coastal village of guthion - the mani was so different - sometimes quite barren sometimes lush green, the Diros caves were stunning and loved the atmosphere in areopolis - great tavernas. The Messini Bay hotel was perfect - picturesque setting and so peaceful. The little villages of Finikounda, Koroni and others along the way were so unspoilt and people very friendly. Pylos was very pretty (despite a thunderstorm!!) and we were recommended to a great fish restaurant there by the hotel - loved the Mystras - so well preserved and plenty to interest us. Then to Sparti and on to lovely Nafplion where we did the climb to the castle for the magnificent views - also spent some time on the lovely quiet beach. Back to Athens where we loved the Plaka hotel with its rooftop bar - and one of the staff even supported Leicester City FC!!! Off to Aegina island where we witnessed a Greek wedding in the hotel on Saturday night!! We even hired a scooter to get round the island - its fifty years since I rode pillion - our daughter wants to know when we are going to grow up!!! Thanks again for the fantastic planning - our first time to Greece will certainly not be the last"
P Robinson, UK, Sept 2016
"Well organised overall. A very few minuses to the holiday were: Hotel Atrium was too far from the centre to go out in the evening other than in the local neighbourhood, which, while very pleasant and friendly, was limited in restaurant choice. Flight out delayed by 3.5 hours."
M Asser, UK, October 2017