From the birth of the Olympic Games, the setting of Homer's tales, to the ancient Greek civilizations that left a tremendous cultutral heritage to the country, the Peloponnese is more or less the motherland of myths and legends. It constitutes the southernmost part of mainland Greece, and with its mountainous interior and deeply indented coasts, it offers a grand variety of experiences to live and destinations to visit.

Location: Southern Greece

Size: 21,549.6 km2
Accessibility: By car from Athens
By flying to Kalamata or Patras. 


Technically it may be considered an island since the construction of the Corinth Canal in 1893, like other peninsulas that have been separated from their mainland by man-made bodies of waters, it is rarely, if ever, referred to as an "island". It has two land connections with the rest of Greece, a natural one at the Isthmus of Corinth, and an artificial one by the Rio-Antirio bridge. It possesses four south-pointing peninsulas, the Messenian, the Mani, the Cape Malea and the Argolid in the far northeast of the Peloponnese.Two groups of islands lie off the Peloponnesian coast: the Argo-Saronic Islands to the east, and the Ionian to the west. The island of Kythera, off the Epidaurus Limera peninsula to the south of the Peloponnese, is considered to be part of the Ionian Islands.


Driving around the peninsulas and discovering little villages hidden among mountains or fishing villages by the coast
Watching a play at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
The traditions and activities that each area has to offer; from the air balloons of Leonidio, to the Kalamata dance festival, to skiing, kayaking, rafting, rock climbing, hiking, horse riding, etc.


Visit Nafplion, the ancient capital of Greece and ascend the 999 steps to the castle
IF YOU LOVE off season traveling, visit Mani or the villages around Taygetos mountain and experience a more traditional and authentic side of Greece.
Drive around the West coast with the 64km long beach, all the way to ancient Olympia

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