The Peloponnese

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  • 1. Ancient Corinth

    Ruins

    Excavations of one of the great cities of classical and Roman Greece have gone on since 1896, exposing ruins on the slopes of Acrocorinth and...Read More

  • 2. Ancient Olympia

    Ruins

    One of the most celebrated archaeological sites in Greece is located at the foot of the pine-covered Kronion Hill and set in a valley where...Read More

  • 3. Archaeological Museum of Olympia

    Museum/Gallery

    Of all the sights in ancient Olympia, some say the modern archaeological museum gets the gold medal. Housed in a handsome glass and marble pavilion...Read More

  • 4. Arvanitia Promenade

    Promenade

    A kilometer-long seaside promenade skirts the Nafplion Peninsula, paved with flagstones and opening every so often to terraces planted with...Read More

  • 5. Methoni Fortress

    Castle/Palace

    Methoni's principal attraction is its kastro , an imposing, well-kept citadel that the Venetians built when they took control of the town in...Read More

  • 6. Mycenae

    Ruins

    The gloomy, gray ruins are hardly distinguishable from the rock beneath; it's hard to believe that this kingdom was once so powerful that it...Read More

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  • 7. Mystras Archaeological Site

    Ruins

    In this Byzantine city, abandoned gold-and-stone palaces, churches, and monasteries line serpentine paths; the scent of herbs and wildflowers...Read More

  • 8. Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This exemplary collection focuses on textiles and displays outstanding costumes, handicrafts, and household furnishings. Many of the exhibits...Read More

  • 9. Pirgos Dirou Caves

    Cave

    Carved out of the limestone by the slow-moving underground river Vlychada on its way to the sea, the vast Pirgos Dirou caves—actually two main...Read More

  • 10. Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus

    Ruins

    What was once the most famous healing center in the ancient world is today best known for the Theater at Epidaurus, remarkably well preserved...Read More

  • 11. The Leigh Fermor House

    Historic Home

    Celebrated travel writer Patrick "Paddy" Leigh Fermor settled in the Mani in 1964, building a beautiful house from scratch just down the road...Read More

  • 12. Achaia Clauss

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    The oldest winery in Greece was founded by the Bavarian Gustav Clauss in 1861 and continues to produce a distinctive line of wines. Mavrodaphne...Read More

  • 13. Acrocorinth

    Military Sight

    Looming some 540 meters (1,772 feet) above Ancient Corinth, the Acrocorinth is one of the best naturally fortified citadels in Europe. Citizens...Read More

  • 14. Acronafplia

    Castle/Palace

    The Turks called this imposing hilltop of ruined fortifications Its Kale (Inner Citadel). The heights are crowned with a series of castles:...Read More

  • 15. Agia Panagitsa

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    While following the seaside promenade, before you reach the very tip of the peninsula (marked by a ship's beacon), there is a little shrine...Read More

  • 16. Agioi Apostoli

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The oldest church in Kalamata is the small 13th-century Agioi Apostoli ("Holy Apostles"), dedicated to the Virgin of Kalamata ("of the good...Read More

  • 17. Ancient Gortys

    Ruins

    Another way to approach the gorge walk is to start among the ruins of Ancient Gortys, 1.5 km south of Timou Prodromou Monastery. Little is known...Read More

  • 18. Ancient Messene

    Ruins

    In terms of footprints, this is one of the most awe-inspiring sites of ancient Greece, thanks to its impressive walls, famed entry gates, vast...Read More

  • 19. Ancient Nemea

    Ruins

    The ancient storytellers proclaimed that it was here Hercules performed the first of the Twelve Labors set by the king of Argos in penance for...Read More

  • 20. Archaeological Museum of Messina

    Museum/Gallery

    This small, well-organized collection is shown to advantage in the city's rebuilt 18th-century market hall. On display are local stone tools...Read More

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