Peloponnese, a region rich of
history, natural beauty and wonderful beaches. Elafonisos Island is one of the last natural
paradises in Europe, with
snow-white beaches lapped by a sea of unparalleled transparency. Mystra, the exciting open-air museum
with frescoed churches of the Byzantine
Empire. The medieval town of Monemvasia, impregnable stronghold
overlooking the sea. The rugged mountains that preserve the vestiges of
the past, as the Epidaurus Theater,
Olympia, the legendary place
where took place the most ancient Olympics
and Mycenae, The Citadel of Agamemnon. To end with
the Mani Peninsula, a corner of Scotland here in Greece, with more than 800 medieval
stone towers that characterize this region. Only an hour by ferry to Zakynthos Island, known around the world for
the famous, "Shipwreck Beach".
a tour in Peloponnese
is a rather wide region, the roads are tortuous in many areas making
slow movements, therefore, to be able to visit it is necessary to
predict entirely different stops along the route. Along a clockwise
route, you can stop a couple of nights in Nafplio, ideal base to see the town,
the Epidaurus Theater and Mycenae. In Nafplio I recommend the Amalia hotel, one of the best facilities of the
place, bookable from here: AMALIA NAFPLIO
move to the south stopping at Monemvasia;
along the way do not miss the Byzantine
city of Mystra. I had a great time at HOTEL PANORAMA,
immacolate rooms and great location.
It 's time to take a ferry to the beautiful Elafonisos Island, and stop for a few days relaxing on the beautiful sandy beaches. Among the comprehensive range of accommodation I recommend the excellent Berdoussis, quality / price ratio exceptional, well-appointed rooms and sublime breakfast with local products. To check availability and rates: BERDOUSSIS HOTEL
continue our journey stopping to the hotel CASTELLO ANTICO, ideal base to discover the wild Mani Peninsula, with rugged mountains
overlooking the sea and picturesque villages.
We cross then the whole southern part of the region up to Methoni, where you can visit Pylos, a small village dominated by the largest fortress of Niokastro, and Voidokilia Beach, a lovely sheltered bay with a beautiful sandy coastline, finally at the ancient Methoni Venetian Fortress, built on a promontory surrounded on three sides by the sea and connected to the mainland by a stone bridge. Here we mark a good accommodation, always determined by the best quality / price: KARALIS CITY HOTEL.
Finally, we reach the last stage of our journey, Olimpia, Great Panhellenic Sanctuary site of the ancient Olympic Games. Here is an excellent 4 star at low cost: HOTEL EUROPA OLYMPIA
The small Elafonisos
is undoubtedly one of the most precious jewels of Greece, especially
for lovely and secluded beacheas where you can cut a corner for
yourself. Reach it is not easy: the island is located in the extreme
southeast of the Peloponnese in Laconia region; the closest airport,
Kalamata, is about three hours and a half drive, a road across
switchbacks and rugged mountain scenery, as well as fifteen minutes by
ferry. But those who decide to go this far, will find his lost paradise
with, in my opinion, the most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean! The
island is small: a charming village where you can enjoy fresh fish, two
beaches that are not easily forget, lots and lots of tranquility in a
corner of untouched Greece... CONTINUE
2) Nafplio and Palamiti Fortress
SUGGESTED HOTEL: AMALIA NAFPLIO
Epidaurus is known primarily for its beautiful theater, the best Greece ancient preserved; theater dates back to the fourth century BC and is especially appreciated for its remarkable acoustics. The guides invite visitors to flip a coin in the proscenium, so that the spectators seated on the highest bleachers can hear the sound. In ancient Epidaurus it was known primarily as a place of healing, with people coming from far away to enjoy the miracle cures of the Asclepius Sanctuary... CONTINUE
Starting from the ticket office at the Upper Town, the path begins to descend, past Nafplio Gate and you reach the small church of Agia Sofia, with some interesting frescoes. From here the view across the valley is great, with the Palace of Despots (in restoration) which dominates the landscape...CONTINUE
7) Pylos and Methoni Fortress
To be honest, the top view over Pylos enchants more that the real city center, fairly chaotic and overrun by traffic. From the historical point of view, the town is famous for the Battle of Navarino, where the allied fleet defeated the Turkish. The tree-lined Central Square is lovely, but the adjacent streets haven't any particular charm. On the hills over Pylos there are two castles: Neo Kastro was built by the Turks and enclosed inside a citadel.
The entrance to the fortress of Methoni is free.
8) Voidokilia Beach
is very popular and the first section can be quite crowded and
disappointing; However, simply move away a few hundred meters to carve
a private space. Moreover, the best part of the beach is from the
middle onwards towards the headland: here the sea is in fact free of
algae, more transparent and less crowded. And 'possible to climb on the
lower part of the cape to admire a beautiful view across Voidokilia Beach.
A short stretch of dirt road leads to a large parking lot while the first food kiosks are located a couple of kilometers.
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