Peloponnese

The Peloponnese, separated by the Corinth Canal from the mainland of Greece is technically an island although it is the southernmost part of the mainland. During the Ottoman rule in Greece the peninsula was know as Morea and covers a huge expanse of over 21,000km2.

The Peloponnese (Peloponese, Peloponnesus, Pelopones, Peloponnisos) is split up into seven prefectures, namely Argolida, Arcadia, Achaia, Ilia, Messinia, Lakonia & Kornithia. Each prefecture has its own character and countryside. The Argolida is famous for its archaeological sites of Ancient Mycenae, the Ancient Theatre of Epidavros, Ancient Tiryntha and its lush beaches.

High mountain ranges split the Peloponnese down the middle and it is here that skiing is practised during the winter months and where nature enthuisasts walk at all times of the year. The views aorund the Peloponnese are varied, as is the countryside with flat meadows, cragged shorelines, beautiful coves and long sandy beaches.

Visit some of the most important sites of Greek history at Ancient Olympia, Vassae, Ancient Nemea, the Arcadian villages (Dimitsana, Lagadia and Karitaina amongst others), the castle houses of the rugged Mani and Caves of Diros, the Greek version of the Rock of Gibraltar Monemvasia, the mountainous Kalavrita, Byzantine Mystra and infamous Sparta. The Corinth Canal is a spectacle in itself and boat trips through the canal are available, combine this withthe sites of Anceint Corinth and Acrocorinth for a great day our followed by a trip to the Waterfun Park at Loutraki.

Literally something for everyone, the Peloponnese offers it all.