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All nations have their heroes and collections of myths, but none of them have the glory of the world-renowned Hercules. Peloponnese is where ancient Greek mythology placed many of his adventures. There are hundreds of spots in the region whose own histories are intrinsically linked to Hercules’s achievements. Discovering these spots is like discovering a whole new geography of the Peloponnese, with the journey in his footsteps beginning in his beloved Tiryns (Tiryntha today) then on to Stymphalia, Argos, all over Laconia and to the banks of the Neda River.
The Peloponnese is – together with Troy – the main exhilarating setting of Homer’s epic tales. In the forests, rivers and ancient ports of the Peloponnese, scenes from “The Iliad” and “The Odyssey” come to life. This is where you will find the fortress of the great military commander Agamemnon, the castles of Nestor and Menelaus, the site of Helen of Troy’s infidelity and so many other significant incidents. Of all regions, Sparta and Argolida are more closely linked to mythology and the Homeric epics. Traveling this mythical land is truly the best way to re-read two of the most fascinating masterpieces of world literature.
The Olympic Games
In the area of Ilia, you can find ancient Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games; the most significant Games in history whose ideals still revive every four years in every corner of the world. Visit the archaeological museum and the ancient stadium of Olympia for a unique cultural experience. Follow the footprints of the ancient athletes and come to honor Zeus!
In the area of Argolis, you will find Nafplio, Greece’s first capital which and one of the most picturesque and historical towns of the country. Enjoy the endless beaches and admire the ancient theater of Epidaurus.
Another destination is Porto Heli; a cosmopolitan seaside town on the eastern side of Peloponnese. Originally a secluded fishing village, the place gradually started developing in the 1970s when upper-class Athenians started building summer houses there. Porto Heli is a nice family destination with a safe environment and luxury resort options. Additionally, Porto Heli is a convenient base for excursions in the Saronic Gulf and road trips in eastern Peloponnese.
In Messinia, where the infamous extra virgin olive oil is produced, do not miss the chance to visit Voidokilia beach; a NATURA protected environment of unique beauty in Pylos. Kalamata is the largest yet picturesque town in the region. It offers adequate infrastructure and fast-growing tourism developments as well as rich natural and cultural resources.
In Lakonia, you will find Sparta, the town of Menelaus and his wife Helen. Taygetus is the highest mountain of Peloponnese offering mountainous spots ideal for alternative tourism. In the Byzantine town of Mystras, visit the churches with the magnificent frescos, the manors, walk on the roads and learn about the king that still waits in the palace of his ancestors.
Take a nostalgic walk among castles, fortresses, knights, and princesses in Monemvasia, one of the most romantic spots in Peloponnese. The region of Gythio offers a breathtaking view, traditional architecture, and charming beaches. If you’re a beach enthusiast, do not miss the tropical waters of Elafonisos.
Unique Experiences - Winetasting in Nemea
The Peloponnese undeniably holds one of the leading positions in terms of wine production in Greece. It’s no coincidence nor a surprise, that many of the domestically and internationally popular wine varieties originated in Peloponnese, since this geographical district has a production of approximately 1,208 labels and a total vine area that covers 29.1% of the Greek wine map. Visit one of the many estate wineries in Nemea and taste the area’s exquisite wine.
By car from Athens International Airport or by helicopter.