Peloponnese | Mainland Greece
36.788° N, 22.405° E
Abundant in diversified sceneries, Peloponnese is a blessed land for all seasons and all tastes.
Peloponnese is the largest peninsula of Greece and consists in 7 prefectures within its 21.500 m2. A land blessed by nature with hundreds of villages and some of the most populated towns in the country, Peloponnese is in itself an experience that needs to be lived in maximum lengths.
Starting from Athens, Peloponnese is reached at less than 1,5 hour drive and all of its wonders are instantly unraveled before the visitors’ eyes. A beautiful laced coast so diversified as its mainland: sandy beaches, pebbled coves, organized resorts, secluded bays, rocky sceneries, all await guests for the holiday of their life.
Peloponnese is suited for all year holidays as it offers everything. Seaside towns and villages, organized camping sites, majestic trajectories in its lush forests, rivers, waterfalls and lakes, a few of Greece’s highest mountains with traditional stone built villages and even a ski center. And of course it boasts a rich gastronomic tradition crowned by the olive oil produced in its fertile lands which is considered to be the best olive oil in Greece.
ManiMani is a wide region divided in two parts: Mani of Laconia and Mani of Messini. The first one represents the raw and rough face of Peloponnese. Built within massive rocks and bare mountains, this place boasts a wild, untouched beauty that seems almost unearthly. The area features a few popular settlements where traditional houses have been refurbished to private villas or luxury boutique resorts. Other than that, Laconic Mani is not massively developed maintaining its natural character and its overwhelming energy with a few small taverns and old cafes for a sip of authentic tradition. Visitors should definitely pass to the other part of Mani, the Messinian one, which is like a fairytale scenery, painted with lushly vegetated hills, traditional villages and refreshing coasts.
Epidavros & NafplioJust a breath away from Athens, Epidavros is the Mecca of the revived ancient Greek culture. The two ancient theatres of Epidavros are a pole of attraction for thousands of people each summer that want to enjoy some of the relived ancient Greek plays. Epidavros is also a region of vast natural beauty with amazing coasts and nearby sites of interest. In less than a 30’ minute drive, one will find Nafplio, the painting-like town with paved alleys and neoclassical buildings still holding up to its past grandeur as the first capital of Greece. An hour away from Nafplio, driving to the south, visitors will reach Porto Heli known as the Greek Riviera. Porto Heli is a cosmopolitan area overlooking the island of Spetses filled with newly built properties to rent throughout its verdant landscape.
MonemvasiaMonemvasia is located on the south-east part of Peloponnese and is a small settlement developed around the magnificent rock of the Castle. When entering the area, you feel you are drawn to a travel back to the legendary past of the place and guided right to the well-preserved old Castle town. And when you set foot at the Castle hill, then the magic begins. While ascending the cliff you are surrounded by nature at its purest; from one hand the imposing rock and the other the endless sea. Entering the Castle is the zenith of this travel back in time; stone paved narrow alleys encircling the settlement’s centre with small shops and uniquely refurbished galleries and hotels, all in tune with the rocky ambience and the legendary past.
KalamataKalamata is located at the mid-south part of Peloponnese, within Messinia prefecture, and is one of the most vibrant towns of Peloponnese. Built between the foots of the imposing Taygetos and the coasts of Messinian bay, Kalamata is a town one can easily live in. Its amazing coastline, its rich archaeological history, a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafes, stone paved alleys and cultural sites, the convenience to just hop in the car and drive to numerous nearby areas of utmost natural beauty and historic significance make this town a holiday must-stay. Sharing the natural beauty of the entire Peloponnese, Kalamata should be the first stop of your holidays and the starting point for exploring other popular spots and amazing resorts of the southern Peloponnese.
Peloponnese is full of options for all travelers and all tastes. Whether you are travelling during winter or summer, whatever you need or want to do, just name it!
A diversified coastline of a few thousand kilometres hosting all kinds of beaches, coves, bays, shores, the coastline of Peloponnese calls for exploration during summer. Clean waters and amazing surroundings will compensate travelers who choose to have a road trip throughout the peninsula. In order to fully enjoy the amazing beach life Peloponnese has to offer, we suggest heading south from Corinth, pass through the entire southern part and ascend the west coast, which is actually an endless sandy coast.
For those who love lush forests and mountain trekking paths, Peloponnese is full of hidden treasures in its blessed mainland. The prefecture of Arcadia, right at the heart of the peninsula, is full of traditional villages scattered throughout Menalo and Parnonas mountains. The mountainous part of the prefecture of Corinthia is a bliss for all senses. Best visited during autumn, winter and spring, the area is full of untouched natural beauty with the artificial Doksa lake, the mountains full of fir trees – no wonder why the place is known as Greece’s Switzerland –, the ski centre of Kalavryta, Trikala with its amazing array of traditional accommodation and taverns, and many more.
Ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games, is located at the north-western part of Peloponnese and it is one of the most sacred places of ancient times. The area still exudes the energy of its glorious times and visitors will have the chance to see all the ancient masterpieces dedicated to Zeus and other Gods of the Twelve Olympians.
Methoni, Koroni and Pylos are also three settlements of graphic beauty and can be all visited while touring the southern part of Messinia. Other places of utter natural beauty are the Cave of Diros, the natural reserve of Gialova, the gorge of Lousios river, the enchanted forest of Foloi and Tsivlou lake. Polylimnio, meaning many lakes in Greek, and Neda’s waterfalls are two of the most beautiful and well reserved biotopes with natural waterfalls, ponds and rivers amidst the lush green hearts of the mountains around them. A swim there is a must for hot, summer days!
Peloponnese is only 80 km away from Athens and, as such, one can flight to Athens and then drive there. In any case and as it is a huge peninsula with far too many points of interest, visitors should definitely make arrangements for a car in order to be able to enjoy their trip at its fullest. One can also fly directly to Kalamata, whose airport serves various non-domestic flights during summer months or even reach Patras, at the northern part of Peloponnese, by ferry from Italy.
When visiting Peloponnese the accommodation options are just countless. Visitors will find a vast variety of luxury villas and holiday villas in Peloponnese depending on their needs and available budget. The Greek Villas team is the expert for helping you with your holiday plan and will ensure not only you will get one of the best luxurious private villas in any part of Pelopoonnese but will also provide all top-notch VIP concierge services for the seamless and most enjoyable stay.