Peleponnese

Peleponnese

 

Peloponnese is always a journey through myth and history, to the ancient cities such as Mycenae, Sparta, Corinth, Argos and Olympia, the ancient theater of Epidaurus. The whole area can be described as a paradise for those who are interested in the archaeological and ancient ruins.

Peloponnese is also a journey through the contrasting nature. The impressive peninsula offers a rich variety of landscapes, wide forestlands, imposing mountains and beautiful sandy beaches.

Finally, it is also a journey to his people.

At the popular tourist destinations and at the picturesque mountain villages as well one’s enjoy the hospitality of the people, who invites you with a smile.

Peloponnese, is the southernmost geographic region of the Greek mainland. Originally it was an island, but intense geological upheavals in the region united and separated it from the mainland twice. Peloponnese is a rugged land that combines the scent of the sea, the mountains, olive trees, and vineyards.

From the second millennium before Christ to the present, it has lived to the beat of history. The Mycenaean Civilization, Vasses, Olympia, and Epidavros are among the most important monuments of Ancient Greece. Mistras in Sparti and Aghia Sophia at Monemvasia are jewels of the Byzantine era.

The castles of Peloponnese are famous, most eminent among them are those of Acrocorinth, Karitena, Kalamata, Koroni, and most picturesque of all, the castle of Methoni. Nafplion, one of Greece’s loveliest and most delightful towns, was the first capital of the modern state.

The mountain villages of the Peloponnese like Kalavrita and the whole of the Mani are among the most scenic parts of Greece. Here the grey stone has become a marvel in the hands of the builder. Whether set against the background of the magnificent olive groves of Messinia or Ilia, or the endless vineyards of Achaia and Corinth, all these features are found in the Peloponnese.

      Sightseeing

The Mycenaean acropolis, dominating the surrounding area and the Argive plain uniquely placed to control the communication routes in all directions – to the Peloponnese and to mainland Greece – and naturally strongly defended, was the most appropriate site to house the royal house of all the Atreidae and their people.
The city of Sparta has an ancient and historic heritage though today?s modern city looks like any other in Greece. Tourists can visit a number of archaeological sights such as the Ancient Delphi, as well as monuments like The Acropolis, and museums.
Mystras was a fortified town in Morea (the Peloponnesus), on Mt. Taygetos, near ancient Sparta.
In antiquity it was a city-state and now it is the capital of the prefecture of Corinthia, The city is surrounded by the coastal town lets of Lechaio, Isthmia, Kechries and the inland town lets of Examilia and the archeological site. The municipality includes the town of Ancient Corinth (1.770 inhabitants), where the ancient and the medieval city used to be built at the foothills of the rock of Acrocorinth 3km from the new city centre.
The sanctuary of Asclepios at Epidaurus is a spiritual place worth travelling around the world to visit! In fact the ancient Greeks did just that in order to pay tribute to their spiritual entities in the face of Asclepios, and to ask the gods for remedies for their physical ailments. It was a healing centre as well as a cultural centre in ancient times. Epidaurus was built round the 3d Century BC and it is adorned with a multitude of buildings most famous of which is the ancient Theater of Epidaurus.
Considerable remains of the city survive and are a popular tourist attraction.
In the bright green valley of Alphaeus, in western Peloponnese, prospered the famous religious centre of antiquity, the most ancient sanctum of Greece.
Delphi was the site of the Delphic oracle, the most important oracle in the classical Greek world, when it was a major site for the worship of the god Apollo after he slew the Python, a deity who lived there and protected the navel of the Earth.
The River on the gorge is torrential flowing through rocks sometimes completely hidden.

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