Expect your West Peloponnese holidays to be a collage of interchanging visuals; of barren versus verdant landscapes, enchanting rural scenery of settlements and castles, the rugged mountains versus the expansive valleys, hillsides and caves, as well as some incredible beaches along a dramatic coastline. Stone is the most prominent material symbolising the resilience of the land both physically and metaphorically manifesting through the local mentality. The West Peloponnese is a divided place between the prefectures of Messenia, Laconia and these regions are more different than they are similar, with a noble rivalry of amila* between them. The colours that will frame your West Peloponnese holidays will be a mixed palette of natural hues; from livid colour of stone to the sandy tone of the rocks, the dark green from the myriad of leaves at the olive groves, the progressive shades of the sea’s blue. All this acts as a sublime canvas to be showered by an immaculate light that shines down to bring wild nature to life. West Peloponnese holidays are of course characterised by incredible flavours too. Local produce of exceptional quality and the region’s gastronomy is absolutely sensational; in fact, the famed reputation of Greek olive oil partly comes from the West Peloponnese and the experiences there are bound to be fulfilling and vibrant both in terms of sights and flavours.
“Amila : the healthy kind of competition that is good for both parties, when each strives to surpass themselves first before anyone else.”
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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.