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The Peloponnese: Heart and Soul of Greece

Nafplio, beachWhen most people think of holidays in Greece they think of the Greek islands. The idea of all these islands, each different from the next, the whitewashed houses and beautiful beaches is an enticement to anyone. But lost in the commotion over Mykonos, Santorini, Rhodes and Corfu is the fact that some of the most beautiful and interesting areas in Greece are not on the islands, but on the mainland in particular the Peloponessos.

Name the first Capital of modern Greece. Give up? It wasn't Athens or Thessaloniki. It was Nafplio. At the time the Peloponessos was all there was of Greece since it was the first part of the country to be liberated from the Turks in 1821. For many, the Peloponnesos is the true Greece and the narrow isthmus of Corinth is all that separates them from a world of Albanians, Vlachs, Bulgarians and Macedonians, who are all Greeks to us. But the Peloponessos can be said to be the heart and soul of Greece and though it has been left off the tourist map that was specially painted for Americans, it is as worthwhile a place to visit as any ten islands combined.

From Myceneae to Sparta to Mistra to the guns of Navarone, the Peloponessos has seen its share of history. This is where Paris stole Helen from King Menelaous and where Agamemnon set forth with his ships to Troy. It is a land of rugged mountains, green valleys, the ancient games of Olympia, and a coastline with some of the best beaches in Greece. What follows is a Guide to the different regions of the Peloponessos.

Peloponnesos Index

Ancient Myceneae, Greece
Corinth & the Argolis

The Mani
Laconia & the Mani

Messinia, Peloponessos
Messinia

Leonidio, Arkadia
Arkadia

Patras ferry
Achaia

Ancient Olympia
Eleia & Olympia

Peloponessos
Photo Album
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Kyparissi, Peloponessos
Helpful Info

Nafplio, Peloponessos
Nafplion

Mistras, Peloponessos
Mystras

Githio, Peloponessos
Gythion

Diros Caves, Peloponessos
Diros Caves

Nemea, Temple of Zeus
Nemea

Ancient Olympia
Olympia

Leonidio, Arkadia
Leonidio

Monemvasia, Peloponessos
Monemvasia

Kyparissi, Lakonia
Kyparissi

Kalavrita train
Kalavrita

Elafonissos, Greece
Elafonissos

Stoupa, Peloponessos
Stoupa

Kalamata, Peloponessos
Kalamata

Katakolon Cruise Ship
Katakolon

The Outer Mani
The Outer Mani

The Mani
The Deep Mani

Andritsaina, Peloponese
Andritsaina

Corinth Canal
Argolis with George

Grande Bretagne Hotel, Nafplio
Peloponessos Hotels

travel agency
Travel Agents
 

George the famous taxi driver
Taxi Tours

Peloponessos 1963
60's Peloponessos Photos

Peloponese Village
Itinerary Suggestions


Driving Tips

Rental Cars
Car Rentals

Corinth Canal
1 Day Corinth Tour

Myceneae Lions
1 Day Myceneae/Epidavros

Myceneae
2 Day Myceneae/Epidavros

Olympia, Greece
3 Day Classical Tour

Epidavros, Greece
4 Day Classical Tour

Nafplio, Greece
5 Day Classical Tour

Nafplio-Tolon, Greece
7 Day Grand Tour

Kyfanta Walking Tours: Explore the beautiful wildlife on the paths around Kyparissi, a one-week walking holiday during March, April, May, June, September and October for 600 per person, including transport to Kiparissi, meals and accommodation.

You can find hotels in the Peloponessos by location, price, whether or not it has a swimming pool, and see photos and reviews by using this link to Booking.com. Excellent prices and many hotels you can book and then cancel with no cancellation fee. For those who want to book without using a travel agency this is the best way to do it.

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Delphi-Olympia tour

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