Peloponnese peninsula (car required)
Peloponnese is an area that locals prefer for vacations to avoid overcrowded islands. The whole region offers many attractions: historical sites, clean sandy and pebble beaches, clear waters, picturesque villages, great food, nature and more. Below we display a route to discover half of the peninsula!
Route: Nafplio – Leonidio – Monemvasia – Gythio- Limeni – Kardamyli – Kalamata & Western Messinia
Nafplio, once the capital of Greece in the early 19th century, is a beautiful town to explore and the surrounding area offers a plethora of interesting places to visit. In Nafplio, you can also get the “dream trail” which sets you on a path through the medieval old town, the Syntagma Square and its numerous historic buildings, right up to Palamidi Castle. A bit outside of Nafplio you can visit the Nemea wine region, the ancient sites of Mycanae and Epidaurus and the resort town of Tolos, (from there it is possible to do a day trip to the Saronic Islands of Spetses and Ydra).
Leonidio, a small, beautiful town located between the sea and the Mount Paron, mostly known for its nature, so it has been quite popular to climbers and adventure enthusiasts.
Monemvasia – a picturesque town with rich history since the Byzantine times
Gythio – a charming seaside town for seafood
Limeni – a small and cozy village with crystal clear, azure water to swim. You may be lucky to swim next to the sea turtles that visit the area.
Kardamyli – a beautiful coastal village to relax and explore several nice beaches and taverns around.
Kalamata – a vibrant city to visit, will long history in the production of olive oil. Close by you can find the Ancient Messini, a well-preserved ancient site.
Western Messinia – less known to tourists this place offers incredible beaches to explore, such as the Voidokilia beach. You can also visit the coastal town of Pylos and its fortress that played an important role to the famous Battle of Navarino.
Zagorohoria – Epirus
A perfect place for hiking in the beautiful nature around Vikos Gorge, one of the deepest in Europe, where the evenings are fresh even in summertime. Zagorohoria consist of 46 small villages with stone build mansions. You can start from the charming village of Kipi from where you can hike to the neighboring village of Tsepelovo. Close by you can find Dilofo, one of the most beautiful and best preserved of the villages of Zagori.
In the heart of Zagori you will find Koukouli, one of most significant villages of the area that has 5 amazing stone bridges that connect it with the surrounding villages.
You can also go to Beloi, a viewpoint with breathtaking views of the gorge of Vikos and walk the stairs of Vradeto which connects the villages of Kapesovo and Vradeto. The latter lies at 1340m and is the highest in the region.
A well-known, well preserved and densely built village of the area is Megalo Papigo, that has been declared as traditional settlement. From there you can also visit its sister village called Mikro Papigko. Nearby you can experience the Papigo Rock Pools.
The area offers many activities for nature enthusiasts and adventurers such as rafting at Voidomatis river, Canyon trips, trekking, mountain bikes.