• December 10, 2019
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Category: Peloponnese


    The peninsula of Peloponnese can nearly be classified as an island, due to the Corinth Canal which was finally finished in the 19 th century, divides the peninsula from the mainland. The canal with its sheer cliffs on either side, is a spectacular sight, here you can see cruise ships being towed by tugs through the canal. The peninsula has an area of 21,439 square kilometres, the geography of the region ranges from high mountains to fertile plains. Peloponnese is divided in to seven provinces each with its own rich history. Traces of human influences on the island go back to 100,000 BC. The region has also had a turbulent past, rivalry between Athens and Sparta led to the Peloponnesian War which led to the decline of Ancient Greece. Invasions by the Romans and other invaders have left their mark on the region. Take a trip around the local villages and towns each with its own history, with their small squares and tavernas serving local food and wines, you will be sure of a good welcome.

    Korinthia

    Korinthia

    Korinthia is home to several important archaeological sites, as well as the modern engineering marvel of the Corinthian Canal. A visit to Korinthia isn’t complete without seeing the site of Ancient Corinth, where ongoing excavations…

    Ileia

    Ileia

    Ileia is famous now for the same reason it has always been famous: it is the home of the ancient athletic contests at Olympia. One of the most important archaeological sites in Greece – on…

    Arkadia

    Arkadia

    Arkadia, home of the ancient god Pan (whose name gives us the word ‘panic’), is the center of the Peloponnese both geographically and spiritually. Although fewer visitors make it to this part of the Peloponnese,…

    Argolida

    Argolida

    Argolida is the most popular part of the Peloponnese with visitors. Why? Nafplio, the beautiful coastal town that is crowned by the stone Palamidi Fortress, sparkles in the bay and welcomes visitors to its Old…

    Messinia

    Messinia

    Messenia includes the beautiful coastlines and beaches of the southwest Peloponnese. Some of the best beaches in Greece are here, as well as plenty for the culturally inclined – including the Mycenaean palace of Pylos,…

    Lakonia

    Lakonia

    Lakonia, home of the ancient Spartans, is the most untouched and isolated part of the region. Hidden under the bulk of Mt. Taygetos, the mysterious society of the Mani peninsula warded off pirates (while simultaneously…

    Peloponnese

    Peloponnese

    The soul of Greece, and in some ways, one of the least well understood regions, is the easy-to-reach, yet somehow easy-to-overlook Peloponnese. Not far from Athens, reachable by car, bus, train, airplane, or ferry, the…

    Achaia

    Achaia

    Achaia is home to the largest city in the Peloponnese – and third largest in all of Greece – the port city of Patra, gateway to the island of Corfu, and to the east coast…