Located at just about a 1-hour drive from Athens, the Peloponnese region offers many different historical sites, culture and beauty to tourists looking for a spectacular trip in Greece. Just recently, Lonely Planet awarded the Peloponnese its top “must visit place in 2016.” Let’s take a look at 5 reasons you will have an unforgettable trip in the Peloponnese!
The first capital city of Modern Greece was Nafplio and until this day you will see ruins of the fortress walls up high overlooking the town from the mountain side. This charming and romantic town has small streets that wrap around neoclassic buildings and squares and is the perfect place to visit anytime of the year.
From ancient ruins and an impressive ancient theater to quaint town with tavernas serving up local treats, Epidavros is a must see on any trip through the Peloponnese. During the summer months there are weekend shows at the ancient theater that draw in crowds of 1,000s of spectators and is an amazing experience.
Check out the unspoiled beaches that this region has to offer. There are so many diverse terrains surrounding the sea in this region. The seas are clean and the beaches can have pebbles, soft sand or you can jump off of cliffs – there is something for everyone in the Peloponnese!
You can find 65 percent of Greece’s 132 million olive trees in the Peloponnese with the black Kalamata olives being the best-known variety. So why not stop by Kalamata, eat some olives, try great local Greek dishes with fresh olive oil and enjoy the villages and beaches in this beautiful part of the Peloponnese? You can purchase some souvenirs such as olive oil or maybe some sculptures made from olive tree wood that are hand carved in this region.
Wine Tours and Vineyards
A perfect way to get to know the beautiful Peloponnese region of Greece is to enjoy an amazing wine tour during your visit. Greece is one of the oldest wine-producing regions in the world, having started cultivating vineyards and creating wine over 6,500 years ago.