On Peloponnese holidays, myth meets reality. Here Paris of Troy fell in love with Helen, the Argonauts ventured off in search of the Golden Fleece, the Spartans battled tooth and nail and Homer’s epic tales begin. The region just south of Athens is scattered with more ancient ruins then you’ll know what to do with, and culture seeps out of every village. You’ll find perfectly preserved theatres, the stadium from the first Olympic Games and ancient Mycenaean palaces.
Peloponnese holidays are perfect for nature lovers. The western coast is dotted with tropical beaches where you’ll find yourself among just a handful of other bathers. The region’s green interior is packed with pine and cypress tree forests, cut through with looming mountains and deep gorges. Rivers, lakes and waterfalls are just waiting to be discovered by intrepid travellers, and the scent of fresh herbs will surround you on your hikes.
In spring, the countryside is covered in wildflowers, in winter, powdery snow blankets old Byzantine churches and stone turrets to beautiful effect.The food highlights the purity of the region’s most famous ingredients – this is the olive-producing heart of Greece, and on holidays to Peloponnese you’ll sample some truly fantastic, golden-green olive oil.
The middle finger of the peninsula is the most rugged, wild and traditional. Hike the trails to stumble across distinctive tower houses and abandoned churches.
The best preserved of all the ancient Greek theatres, Epidaurus is a feat of acoustic engineering. In summer, bag some tickets and enjoy one of the regular concerts.
The cobbled, twisted streets of this medieval castle town are carved into the rocks of a tiny island separated from the mainland by a causeway.