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Peloponnese - Stunning coastlines in a legendary setting

The Peloponnese gives you everything you could want from a traditional Greek holiday. From relaxing on a secluded, sandy beach overlooked by nothing except a single taverna, to following in the footsteps of the ancient Greeks by exploring the dozens of historical sites nearby – this lovely part of Greece has it all. Fantastic views combining the coastline and the mountains covered with olive trees are typical of this beautiful region. Stretching from south west of Athens down to the picture-postcard coastal villages of the Mani, visitors to the Peloponnese can combine the tranquility normally associated with the quietest of Greek islands with the opportunity to sample a bit more of what the country has to offer. Medieval remains, old Venetian castles and Byzantine palaces provide a glimpse into a glorious past, and for those with a passion for the history of sport, Olympia, where the Olympics first took place, gives visitors a fascinating insight into the origins of the Games.

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Aghios Nikolaos

The picturesque fishing village of Aghios Nikolaos is renown for the fresh fish served in the quayside restaurants, with a couple of mini-markets and a few bars, it is a wonderful spot to wander round and unwind. Within easy walking distance is the wonderful Pantazi beach, fringed with elegant tamarisk trees offering natural shade, it is set against the dramatic backdrop of the mountains beyond. Fresh bread from the bakery and the local honey fragranced with thyme make a delicious breakfast to wake up, whilst the laid back atmosphere of Aghios Nikolaus and the beautiful Mani scenery surrounding this charming village will make it a holiday to remember

  • 1hr 15mins fromKalamata

Kardamili

Kardamili has topped our list of additional destinations for many years, however until now; we were unable to secure the ideal accommodation to include in our carefully selected portfolio of handpicked Villas with private swimming pools. We were taken aback on first visiting Kardamili, with the Taygetos mountain range creating the perfect backdrop for what becomes a painters and poets paradise as you take in the ever changing scene that leads you down to the aqua marine waters of the blue flag beach fringing this spectacular coastline. We are absolutely certain that our selection of Villas in Kardamili will prove immensely popular with both seasoned Greco files and first time visitors to Greece alike.

  • 1hr fromKalamata

Methoni

The Venetian castle is the focal point of the charming village of Methoni. Situated on the west coast of the Messinia, Methoni is one of the richest fishing villages and also boasts some great beaches. There are plenty of places to enjoy a drink or a bite to eat in local family run taverns, within the main square of the village. The popular town of Pylos is only a 20 minute drive anyway, whilst Koroni castle is further afield but both are worth a visit.

  • 1hr fromKalamata

Stoupa

Stoupa’s two sandy beaches are a real highlight of this charming village. Natural springs bring ice cool water down from mountains, making the sea gloriously refreshing! Added to that, the stunning sunsets you enjoy whilst having dinner at the harbour-side tavernas have to be seen to be believed, and a trip up the ‘kastro’ (castle) that dominates the skyline gives you the chance to enjoy those amazing sea-views from high above the village.

  • 1hr 5mins fromKalamata

Koroni

Koroni is small, sleepy, Venetian influenced fishing village, complete with its very own castle. Full of narrow cobbled streets and pretty houses; it is positioned on a steep hill-side near the most south-western point of Peloponnese. Looking out east across the bay provides stunning views of the Mani and the Taygeros mountains; and at night the Venetian castle looks beautiful whilst little fishing boats bob up and down on the tranquil moonlit sea. With plenty to see and explore, Koroni is the perfect place to combine relaxation with a cultural blast to the past.

  • 1hr fromKalamata

Neochori

Neochori is a quaint, hillside hamlet, overlooking the charming coastal village of Stoupa, ideal for those wishing to experience a true taste of mainland Greece. Stoupa's two sandy beaches are a short drive away, as are its many amenities. Neochori is very sleepy and laidback, where time honoured customs prevail and the local café/bar and mini-market provides most of the interest, in the café, backgammon is played endlessly, accompanied by Greek coffees and lots of chatter. Neochori is backed by an impressive mountain range, whilst looking out across the stunning views along the Mani coastline and over crystal clear blue waters.

  • 55mins fromKalamata

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Local cuisine in Peloponnese

Culinary experts will know that Kalamata, the second largest city in the Peloponnese, lends its name to the succulent dark olives so prevalent in the region. Peloponnese cuisine is typically Greek, with an abundance of fresh, simple ingredients forming the basis of the local specialities. Lemons, figs, olives; freshly caught fish, lamb and feta cheese aged in barrels all feature widely, supplemented by timeless classics like chicken souvlaki and moussaka

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Hints of history in Peloponnese

Few parts of the world are so rich in the history of human civilisation. From the moment you enter the ‘gateway to the Peloponnese’ at Corinth, home to the famous canal, you are never far away from a place steeped in legend. From the ancient cities of Sparta & Olympia, through to the remains of tiny local settlements dotted across the whole region, there is a reminder of a bygone era everywhere you care to look.

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On the beach in Peloponnese

Characterised by shallow, crystal clear waters, the beaches of the Peloponnese are perfect for adults and children alike. There are plenty to choose from too, ranging from those with a stretch of golden sand to tiny coves where you could be the only ones soaking up the sun. Many of them benefit from the natural shade provided by olive or tamarisk trees, or if you’d prefer, just nip to a beachside taverna for a cooling drink..!

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Atmospheric evenings in Peloponnese

For many of us, nothing beats sitting by the sea front in the early evening, enjoying a drink whilst watching the little fishing boats chug in and out of the harbour before deciding on where to go for dinner. You might be in the mood for a romantic night time stroll or just for a quiet supper in a tiny taverna watching the gorgeous sunset – the choice is yours…!

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Not to be missed...

  • Visit the acropolis at Stoupa for a panoramic view of the village and sea beyond.
  • Venture inland to explore the ruins of ancient civilisations.
  • For the more adventurous, take a day trip to Olympia, site of the original Olympic Games
  • Experience a stunning Greek sunset whilst enjoying an alfresco dinner at a harbour-side taverna
  • Buy the freshest of fish for your evening meal from the local fishermen at Aghios Nikolaos
  • Have a break from the beach for a day and take a drive into the mountains

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