In the heart of Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula, Arcadia is heaven for nature enthusiasts. From stone-hewn monasteries in soaring gorges with racing rivers, to placid lakes and flower-dotted valleys, the scenery is a knockout. And then there are the historical villages, with their traditional stone architecture.
On Arcadia holidays, you’re likely to be amazed at every turn, and the area has a mythical feel – it’s no wonder it’s the home of the god Pan in ancient Greek mythology. Sitting in the centre of Arcadia is Tripoli town, where you’ll find a more cosmopolitan vibe rubbing up against the layers of history.
Across the region, meanwhile, you’ll encounter delicious food made using local produce and served in rustic restaurants, not to mention cute cafés where you can stop to enjoy a cup of thick, syrupy Greek coffee. Holidays to Arcadia are a perfect choice for families, couples and solo travellers after an authentic taste of Greece, set against an awesome backdrop.
Admire the neoclassical houses on a stroll through Tripoli, then visit the archaeological museum to learn about the region’s ancient history – it’s housed in a building designed by renowned architect Ernst Ziller.
Visit ancient ruins
The ancient valley city of Gortys is one of the most impressive sites in Arcadia. You can tour the ruins, which include two acropolises, a bath house and several temples.
Try mountain sports
Arcadia is a region of forests, mountains, lakes and rivers, where you can have a go at rafting, hiking, mountain climbing or bouldering – and even skiing in winter.