12 Hour Day Trips Around Peloponnese
Exploring the surrounding locations with Peloponnese tours and day trips will reveal just how underrated the Peloponnese is. When most people are asked to name a place in Greece, it will rarely be any region of the Peloponnese. The fact that it remains largely unexplored is the reason behind its mostly pristine condition, leaving it unaffected by mass tourism. However, those who have visited this part of Greece, whether by staying somewhere or by taking any one of the many Peloponnese tours, will all agree there are at least three major locations that are worth your time and attention.
Peloponnese tours: Mycenae
Mycenae was an ancient kingdom and military stronghold in Greece, now one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, once led by King Agamemnon, whose legend burned bright during the Trojan War, that implicated Agamemnon and his brother, Menelaus, King of Sparta, who sought to retrieve Helen of Troy, the trophy wife of Menelaus, after Paris eloped with her. Visiting the UNESCO World Heritage site of Mycenae today, you will witness the 13th century BC gate of the lions that adorn the kingdom’s entrance, and the remains of an enclosed city-state that saw a period of flourishment between 1600 – 1100 BC. Mycenae can be found in the northeastern part of the Peloponnese, in the prefecture of Argolis.
Peloponnese tours: Epidavros
Another UNESCO World Heritage site, Epidavros is definitely one of the top highlights of the Peloponnese. The home of Greece’s most influential ancient theater, where numerous dramatic performances have entertained many generations of ancient and modern Greeks. The limestone and marble, 4th century BC theater is known for its amazing acoustics, something the ancient Greeks knew much about. It is also where you can find the sanctuary of Asklipios, an important medical center during ancient times. Epidavros is also situated in the Argolis prefecture of the Peloponnese.
Peloponnese tours: Nafplio
The first capital city of Greece was in fact the beautiful Nafplio, which is a picturesque seaport town of Venetian architectural charm. The rocky peninsula upon which Nafplio rests, generously offers some incredibly dramatic visuals of the surrounding landscape. Some remarkable attractions in Nafplio include the impressive Palamidi fortress that commands 360 views of the landscape below, and the Bourtzi Castle which is located on its own little islet just off Nafplio’s shore, which also served as a prison. Nafplio’s charm can also be found in its intricate network of narrow little streets that are brimming with cafes, restaurants and bars, while you can admire some really beautiful town houses with tall windows and colourful balconies.