What to Do in Peloponnese, Greece
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The Peloponnese is a peninsula that is attached to the rest of Greece by the Isthmus of Corinth. The natural sights and ancient cities of the Peloponnese will draw you in and keep you entertained and fascinated during your entire visit. When spending time in Peloponnese, Greece, here are just a few of the things you can do.
Visit the City of Nafplio
The port city of Nafplio is located at the northern area of the Argolic Gulf. Nafplio dates back to prehistoric times and was a busy and important harbor for the Byzantines, Franks, Venetians, and Ottomans. Nafplio is home to a mosque, castles, archaeological sites, many churches, and pretty beaches. Coffee lovers will feel right at home in Nafplio and if you want to enjoy a delicious cocktail, you’ll find those as well.
The Castle of Bourtzi is an important landmark in Nafplio. It is a fortified island located at the entrance of the Bay of Nafplio. The fortification was built in 1471 and features three stories and movable stairs. Entrances to the castle can be found at the north and south sides.
Visit the Fortified Town of Mystras
Mystras is a Byzantine fortified town that is located on Mount Taygetos, above the Evrotas river valley. The town of Mystras was founded in 1249 by William II of Vilehardouin, the Prince of Achaea. During the 1300s and 1400s, Mystras would be the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of Morea.
The town is now an archaeological site that is one of the most complete examples of a medieval walled town in Greece. At the site you will see a castle, palace complex, and private residences that are still standing. You can easily spend hours wandering the area and getting a feel for the past.
Spend Time at the Beach
Peloponnese, Greece is home to some lovely beaches. You’ll find what you’re looking for in a beach as some are small and hidden and others are larger and well-organized. One of most famous beaches is in the Peloponnese is Voidokilia Beach. It is also considered one of the best beaches in all of Greece.
The shape of the beach resembles the Greek letter omega. On the land-facing side you will find Gialova Lagoon. Another beach worth a visit when in the Peloponnese is Mavrovouni in Gythio. It is the largest beach in Gythio and stretches for over 6 km. Water sports including windsurfing are available at Mavrovouni Beach.
Explore the Caves of the Peloponnese
Peloponnese, Greece is rich in caves. If you love adventure and exploration, you won’t want to miss seeing one of these amazing caves. Kaspa Cave is in central Peloponnese and Cave of the Lakes is in northern Peloponnese. These are a couple of the most famous caves along with Diros Cave in southern Peloponnese.
Diros Cave is known for looking like an underground catherdral. This cave complex features Vlychada Cave, the largest, which has breathtaking stalactites and stalagmites that were formed millions of years ago. A tour of Vlychada Cave alone lasts about 40 minutes.
Peloponnese, Greece has much to offer when you choose this destination for your vacation.
This post was written by GreekBoston.com