MYTHIC GLORY

The motherland of myths and legends, Peloponnese is like a treasure chest filled with unforgettable scenery and majestic history. The southernmost part of mainland Greece, with mountainous interiors and deeply indented coasts, offers a grand variety of experiences to live and destinations to visit.

HOME OF KINGS

Location: Southern Greece
Capital: Patras
Size: 21,549.6 Km2
Accessibility: By car, ferry or plane landing at the airports of Patra and Kalamata

The legendary land of Peloponnese has a history rooting as far back as Ancient Greece. It is the home of the first ever Olympic Games, the setting of Homer’s epic tales, the scene where civilizations flourished and kings roamed, leaving a tremendous cultural heritage. Since the construction of the Corinth Canal in 1893, Peloponnese 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 in the Rio-Antirio bridge. It possesses four south-pointing peninsulas shaped like fingers, the Messenian, the Mani, the Cape Maleas (Epidaurus Limera), and the Argolid. Two groups of islands lie off the Peloponnesian coast: the Argo-Saronic islands to the east, and the Ionian to the west. The islands of Kythera and Antikythera, off the Cape Maleas at the south, are considered part of the Ionian Islands.

ESSENTIALS

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WE LOVE

The “Greek Riviera”, aka Porto Heli, a cosmopolitan playground and an excellent base for exploring the cultural and gastronomical offerings of the Peloponnese. Watching a play at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus. The traditions and activitie 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.

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LOCAL TIPS

If you love off season traveling, visit Mani or the villages around majestic Taygetus Mountain. Drive around the West coast with the 64km long coastline to the sacred site of Ancient Olympia. Discover the traditional village of Kosmas, high in Parnonas Mountain. Take the ferry from Neapoli to find yourself at Elafonissos island in less than 15 minutes. Drive to Simos beach and experience a slice of the Bahamas that somehow exists in Greece.

Events calendar

ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL

A summer festival that hosts state-of-the-art international and Greek productions

ARGOS-MYCENAE FESTIVAL

Concerts, theatre, traditional dances and more happening at various locations from June to August

NAFPLION FESTIVAL

Catch some of the best Greek musicians performing live at Greece’s first capital city

SKIRITIDA RUN

Held in themagnificent Skiritida Forest in Arcadia, this athletic events is perfect for long-distance runners