The Peloponnese: Heart
and Soul of Greece
As many people who travel to Greece year after year will tell you, the Peloponnesos is the real Greece, the most authentic part of the country, and you could spend a lifetime exploring it and still not see it all.
When most people think of holidays in Greece they think of the Greek
islands. 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 Peloponnesos aka the Peloponnese Peninsula. From Myceneae to Sparta to
Mistra to Navarone, the Peloponnesos
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 Peloponnessos.