Peloponnese | A Mythical Land

Timeless scenic villages, ancient ruins, medieval castles, natural beauty and spectacular beaches. This is Peloponnese: a place of long, rich history and magnificent landscape, eager to welcome you all year long. It’s the land of ancient Sparta, home of the holy olive grove and the birthplace of the Olympic Games.

The Peloponnese is a celebration of contrasts; majestic mountains with rich nature, embraced by a dramatic, golden coastline of endless beaches and exotic coves. No more no less the ideal destination for visitors who seek a journey of discovery, combining relaxation with off-the-beaten-track activities.

Its villages, both seaside and alpine, will enchant you with their age-old traditions and engaging ambience. You’ll be transported to another time wandering through ancient monuments and resplendent medieval Venetian and Byzantine castles.

Filoxenia (hospitality) is as strong here as anywhere in the country; the food is among Greece’s best; and the region’s vineyards are contributing to Greece’s wine renaissance. Locals claim to have the best of everything to give. And that’s no myth.

The Peloponnese was named after Pelops, a cyclops from Greek mythology. It was where Gods walked the earth, meddling in mortal affairs; where the greek legendary hero Hercules killed the Nemean lion, the first of The Twelve Labours. It was the land ruled by Agamemnon, during the 13th century BC, who declared war against Paris of Troy to claim back beautiful Helen. In the western part of the Peloponnese, in Olympia took place the first Olympic Games in 776 BC.


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