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. 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 Peloponnesos aka the Peloponnese Peninsula.
Name the first Capital of modern Greece. Give up? It wasn't Athens or
Thessaloniki. It was Nafplio. At the time the
Peloponnesos 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 Peloponnesos 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 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.
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