Top Places to See in the Peloponnese



Byzantine church in the Peloponnese (CC0 Creative Commons).

The Peloponnese remains one of the most popular destinations in Greece thanks to a unique past that blends with a natural landscape made of forest, mountains, beaches, and caves. Ancient sites, monuments, castles and Byzantine churches are part of the unique scenario that the area offers to those willing to visit.

Achaia

View of Patras from the Fortress (Source: © Guillaume Piolle /, CC BY 3.0)

Home to Patras, the biggest city in the Peloponnese, Achaia offers visitors the incredible mountains of Helmos, Panaxaiko, and Erymanthos as well as a beautiful collection of sandy beaches.

Arcadia

The landscape of Arcadia (Source: ulrichstill – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.0).

Right in the center of the Peloponnese, Arcadia boasts unique beautiful landscapes, with several mountains and the shores of the Argolis gulf. Significant ancient cities and archaeological sites populate the area since this is where the Arcadians, one of the oldest peoples of the Peloponnese, first settled in the region.

Laconia

Monemvasia (CC0 Creative Commons).

Laconia is a famous destination best-known for being home to the medieval Mystra, the fortress city of Monemvasia, and the Mani with its wonderful nature, such as the Cave of Diros and Cape Tainaros.

When the Dorians arrived in 1100 B.C., they turned Sparta into their capital, a powerful city-state in Ancient Greece together with Athens.

Messinia

View of Pylos on the Bay of Navarino (Source: Flyax – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0).

Messinia is an eclectic area combining forests, mountains, and valleys together with sandy beaches and serrate cliffs. Inhabited since the Neolithic, Messinia counts with important archaeological and historic landmarks. Among them, the Bay of Navarino where, in 1827, the allies fought against the Turkish and Egyptian fleets, thus freeing the Peloponnese from the Turkish domination.

Ilia

Ancient Olympia (Courtesy: John Karakatsanis from Athens, Greece – Ancient Olympia, Greece, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Ilia is the perfect place both for sea fans and mountain lovers. Wonderful villages, pine tree forests, and unique beaches give life to a wonderful setting for a Summer holiday. Some of the most prominent archaeological sites of the country, such as Olympia or the Temple of Epicurious Apollo, attract visitors all year round.

Corinth

View of the Corinth Canal (Source: Frank van Mierlo).

Corinth is close to Attica, attracting not only tourists but also weekend visitors from the capital. In the area, there are impressive seaside towns and villages, a unique geography, and interesting archaeological sites. Most beaches are organized and usually, the sea has a backstage scenario made of pine trees pines, olive groves or graveyards.

The Peloponnese has a rather dry weather on the east while its central area has plenty of mountains and a lush vegetation. The west side is warmer and can also receive more rain during the year. These conditions affect the landscape and the range of activities to be enjoyed in the Peloponnese making it the perfect place for visits all year long.