Top 6 Things to Do on the Peloponnese in Greece
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When people think of traveling to Greece, they often gravitate towards the islands. Even though the islands are wonderful, there are plenty of other places in the country that are worth exploring. The Peloponnese is a region on the mainland of Greece. A peninsula, it is surrounded on three sides by the sea. It also has an incredibly rich history. No trip to Greece would be complete without seeing at least some of this area.
Here’s a look at some of the top places you should visit in Greece on the Peloponnese peninsula:
Epidaurus is located on the northeastern side of the Peloponnese. This area is best known for the ancient theater that is present here. Several times a year, there are some performances that are actually held here. If you can’t attend a performance, you will want to at least pay a visit to the majestic space.
Ancient Mycenae was the home of a thriving Bronze Age civilization in Greece known as the Mycenaeans. This era of Ancient Greece is often referred to as the “Age of Heroes.” Once Mycenae collapsed, Ancient Greece was pushed into a “dark age” that took a long time to end. You can visit the remnants of this ancient civilization at Mycenae. This is a great place to learn about this part of Ancient Greece.
Corinth was, in Ancient Greece, one of the most thriving of the city-states. The area is still thriving, thanks to its fertile landscape. You need to cross over the Corinth Canal in order to get to the Peloponnese if you are traveling by road. The canal itself is a marvel, and the scenery in this area is wonderful to gaze at. The town of Corinth also has plenty of landmarks to visit.
You won’t want to miss the chance to visit Nafplio on the Peloponnese while you’re here. Nafplio is one of the prettiest and romantic towns in all of Greece. Besides being physically beautiful, you can see the sites while here. There are area beaches to enjoy, as well as plenty of museums and other landmarks.
Mystras is an ancient village located in the Peloponnese that you won’t want to miss. The area has some great landmarks to see, and the scenery is amazing. At one time, Mystras was a thriving Byzantine village. There is not much left here but the scenery and remnants of the old buildings, but the site is worth the trip. You’ll want to take plenty of pictures here because the scenery is breathtaking!
Olympia is best known as the location of the first Olympic Games in history. These ancient games were a vital part of the culture and structure of Ancient Greece. They were the inspiration for our modern games. While here, you can not only visit the grounds of the ancient games, but also some of the other buildings and temples on the site.
While in Greece, you won’t want to miss the chance to visit some of these landmarks in the Peloponnese.
This post was written by Greek Boston