1. The diversity of the Peloponnese
The far West Peloponnese borders with the sensational Ionian sea to the west, and features a different kind of charm than the rest that meets the Aegean sea. The entire Peloponnese region is one of the vastest in Greece, this is why it makes sense to divide it into distinct prefectures. This helps with microeconomics and sustainable tourism model of the overall region, and is a contributing factor to the pristine condition of this part of Greece.
2. A year round destination
The aforementioned diversity of the Peloponnese makes it a year round destination that can be enjoyed during all the seasons of the year. Depending on the time of your visit, you can either choose a coastal location that gives you direct access to the inviting sea, or opt for going further inland to experience the reinvigorating sensation of being tucked away in the Greek hinterland. Shoulder seasons are incredibly mellow and allow you to explore as much as possible, without it being too warm or too cold to fully enjoy the amazing outdoors and the astonishing landscapes of the Peloponnese.
3. Winter extraordinaire
For spending a winter holiday in the Greek highlands that will set the bar for the rest, the Peloponnese will wonderfully surprise you. For those who ski, then the Mainalos ski resort offers 7 ski pistes of varying difficulty. You will find it near Tripoli, in the center of the Peloponnese, the capital city of the entire Peloponnese in the Arcadia prefecture. The highest peak of the Mainalos is nearly 2 km, while it is protected by the Natura 2000 agreement.
4. The link between mythology & history
The Peloponnese could be considered as a mythological playground. The fact of the matter is that there is truth behind the tale here. The Mycenaean King Agamemnon was a real person and his feats have been recorded as part of history, not just mythology. Greek mythology often has to do with divine figures and stories that were usually written and told to convey a moral lesson, but in the Peloponnese mythology and history blend together.
5. Cape Tenaron & Gates of Hell
On the tip of Laconian Mani is Cape Tenaron, the southernmost continental point of Europe. There you will find a lonely lighthouse that commands perhaps the best views of the entire Peloponnese; sea as far as the eye can see. Be prepared for dramatic scenery that will not leave you unaffected given you also know the mythological aspect that ties into this specific spot. A place of worship for the sea God Poseidon during ancient Greece, it was also believed that one of the sea caves below the cape was the entrance to Hades, the ancient Greek underworld, guarded by Cerberus at the gates of hell.
6. Diros Caves
The spectacular Diros Caves are another major attraction of the Peloponnese, especially for nature and adventure lovers. The caves of Diros are said to be a total of 33000 sq m area, only 5000 sq m of which have been explored, leaving conjecture about how far they actually go. Apart from the foot paths that take you through ancient rock formations, stalactites and stalagmites, you will reach an underground glassy lake where boats await to take you on a tour you will not soon forget through a complex system of water cavern tunnels.