The coast of Greece will always be in high demand as a tourist destination because of the views of the crystal waters of the Aegean Sea from the quaint villages perched on rugged cliffs, not to mention the endless white sandy beaches and recreational opportunities.
Charming spots like Santorini, Mykonos, or the island of Crete attract most of the attention of those who love the Mediterranean breeze, sun, and energy and charm of its landscapes. But, beyond the magic of its vibrant blue waters and its whitewashed architecture, Greece has another side to discover.
The Peloponnese peninsula is one of these hidden gems, located on the southern tip of Greece, connected to the mainland only by the Isthmus of Corinth. This is a place where Greece is at its most authentic, where a traveler can experience the beginning of civilization up close.
The ancient city of Corinth, is considered one of the most important commercial, political and industrial centers of Classical Greece, dating back to 6500 BC. Corinth is located on the narrow strip that connects the Peloponnese and the continental side of the country, making it an essential stop on your tour. Explore its archaeological site, the site of the original city, where you can experience the well-known Temple of Apollo, the central agora and the theater.
Acrocorinth, eleven kilometers south of ancient Corinth, is the ancient acropolis of Corinth during the classical period. It houses important temples, such as the sanctuary of Aphrodite, as well as the remains of the ancient walls which command stunning views of the sea and the city. The famous Corinth Canal, one of the busiest in the world, presents a striking image of what is today the junction between the Ionian and the Aegean seas.
Traveling to the south of Corinthia we come to the region of Argolida where you can discover magical and unexplored corners such as Mycenae, one of the most famous archaeological sites of the peninsula and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And don’t miss the port of Nafplio, where the castle-fortress of Palamidi, that dates back to the time of Venetian occupation in 1686, dominates the city, offering splendid views of the mountainous landscape that towers over the crystal-clear waters of the Argolic Gulf below. Explore the captivating and little-traveled coastal route as you wander through seaside villages, taking your time and enjoying the scenery.
The region of Laconia, which encompasses the two peninsulas located south of the Peloponnese, is another essential stop on this tour. From the unmistakable Sparta, which along with Athens, is famous as having been one of the most important Greek polis, to the attractive hilltop Byzantine city of Mystras, with its unusual mountainous landscape, Laconia was regarded as a cultural and intellectual center throughout Europe.
Continuing south we come to Mani, considered one of the best-kept secrets of the Peloponnese. Some of the most spectacular and paradisiacal landscape will be found here. Tranquility reigns, inviting you to unwind, far from the hustle and bustle and overcrowding of the more traveled Greek Islands.
THE PROVINCE OF ERMIONIDA
Last but not least,the breathtaking area of Ermionida is a perfect romantic holiday getaway. Explore its pristine beaches and forests while making the most of the various tourist activities. Visit the charming village of Petrothalassa to escape the crowds and soak up the unique local atmosphere. Just slow down and enjoy the moment.