Peloponnese Holidays 2014

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The Greek Life

Decked out with ancient ruins and staggering mountains, vivid green valleys and deep gorges, the Peloponnese is a destination that will have your jaw dropping at every turn. Home to the ancient towns that adorn legendary tales, such as Sparti and Corinth, this spectacular region in Greece will have you mesmerised from the moment you arrive.

Sitting in the south of Greece, this large peninsula is home to some of the most beautiful Greek holiday destinations. Emitting a calm and tranquil atmosphere, the fresh scents of olive and orange groves fill the air during Peloponnese holidays, creating an otherworldly vibe. For unforgettable getaways that appeal to all senses, look no further than the captivating Peloponnese.

Perfect Holidays in the Peloponnese

As this area is quite large, you’ll be spoilt for choice with all the accommodation options. Start in the first capital of modern Greece, Nafplio, for one of the nation’s most romantic towns complete with Venetian houses and a fortress, and a picturesque port. Home to quite possibly the most famous olives in the world, Kalamata is the second largest city and perfect for shoppers and historians. You can find several 5-star hotels in picture-perfect Pylos to the southwest, and plenty of hotels in bustling Patras, perfect for taking a ferry to Italy or nearby Zante and Corfu, a necessity on holidays to Peloponnese.

Explore the Peloponnese

As the home of the Olympics, Olympia and its spectacular museum cannot be missed; walk through the ancient baths and training areas of athletes, and run the full length of the original Olympic stadium. On Peloponnese holidays you can find yourself in ancient sites dating back to Homer’s epics, two in particular are the incredible ruined palaces of Nestor at Pylos and of Agamemnon at Mycenae. Take a detour to Corinth for a wealth of ancient history, and Lakonia, once home of the mighty Spartans.

For incredible natural beauty that will literally take your breath away, head to the area of Messini in the south, especially to Costa Navarino and Methoni. In either you can take leisurely walks on holidays in the Peloponnese along the historic towns, or pull up a sun lounger on the shore and top up that all-important tan.

Head off the beaten path to the lush hills of Arcadia where you can find the town of Dimistana, or the spectacular beach of Elafonissos, one of the most photographed beaches in Greece. The towns on the west coast of the Peloponnese, like Kyparissia, are home to the best beaches in the area and not to be missed.

Out and About in the Peloponnese

If you’re stuck to choose between all the amazing things to do, start with the area closest to Athens and no doubt your point of entry in Greece. Stop by the site of Ancient Corinth to spy both Greek and Roman ruins that will leave you in awe. Head east to Loutra Elenis for a dip in the Saronic Gulf before heading to stunning Nafplio to the south; you’re sure to pass ancient Nemea, the site of one of Hercules’ labours, on the way.

For laid-back holidays to Peloponnese, make a beeline to the Messenian Gulf to either Koroni on the west side or Stoupa and Arepoli on the east side; all three are a short drive to Kalamata if need a bit of hustle and bustle on your Greek getaways.

Attractions

The Peloponnese is home to some of Greece’s most ancient cities, and with these cities comes a wealth of fascinating history and culture to discover. Children will love a trip to Sparta, complete with its famous ruins and mythical prowess. Head to the Theatre of Ancient Sparta and take in the breath taking views of Mount Taygetus, or head to Olympia and revel in the history that comes with hosting the Ancient Olympic Games.

Activities

Whether you want to spend your break absorbing the Peloponnese’s rich history, exploring its sublime beaches or delving into the depths of long forgotten caves, there’s something for every family. Spend a day at Voidokilia Beach and simply relax on its exquisite shorelines, or take a boat trip to the Diros Caves and delight in the wonders that await you. With 5000 metres of subterranean caves to explore, a day trip here will leave every member of the family with memories to treasure for a lifetime.

Nightlife

Although the extent of the Peloponnese’s beauty should be witnessed under the glorious Greek sun, the evenings can be just as joyous for families as the daytimes. Enjoy a traditional Greek show in an ancient Greek theatre or enjoy some traditional cuisine in a quaint taverna. Locally grown produce and freshly caught seafood are frequent occupiers of the mouth-watering menus on offer, providing the perfect excuse to indulge in some exotic foods.

Hotels

For a hotel that's perfect for families who want to explore one of the Peloponnese's most picturesque resorts, look no further than the Ilion Hotel & Suites in Nafplio. The hotel itself is more than 300 years old and provides guests with a true insight into 18th century Greece. With the exciting historical sites of Palamidi Castle and the resort's Old Town to discover, the Ilion Hotel & Suites provides a welcoming base for a fantastic break in Nafplio.