And what a location it is. The Peloponnese runs the full gamut
of landscapes from soaring mountain ranges and alpine forests to
vineyard-coated rolling hill country and perfectly symmetrical
horseshoe bays and white sand beaches. Dotted around the peninsula
are also a staggering number of ancient architectural sites and
historic cities. To be honest, we're not quite sure why we haven't
been singing the praises of Peloponnese holidays for years.
An international obsession with the Olympics, which seem to come
around alarmingly often, means that a (thankfully lycra free) trip
to where it all began 3000 years ago should prove all the more
Other highlights include the fortified citadel of Mycenae,
visiting the monasteries clinging to the cliff faces in Lousios
Gorge, the lively islands of Spetses and Hydra, and the historic
city of Nafplion. That's just a handful of the potential day trips
on offer, but the Greek weather being what it is, and the
Peloponnese hotels being as nice as they are, you might well be
tempted to lounge by the pool instead, day-dreaming of Arcadia.
Off the southern coast of the Peloponnese lies Spetses Island,
otherwise known as 'the island of fragrances', and a popular haunt
for discerning Athenians as a weekend or holiday destination.
Spetses itself is a beautiful car-free island that retains a very
individual character thanks to its long maritime heritage. There is
a hugely picturesque harbour and re-enactments of naval battles
take place during September. Explore cobbled streets lined with
intimate little cafes and restaurants or the many sandy beaches
which are great for swimming and lounging around.