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Enjoy... a drive along the coast to Filiatra and Kiparisia, then take the inland route through the villages of Aristomenis and Vlachopoilos. Don't worry if you get lost as the next village is only a couple of kilometres away. They are all so pretty, very traditional and it is highly unlikely that you'll come across any other tourists throughout the entire day.

Take... a boat trip from Pylos to the 'arched' Sfaktiria rock. The rock features on many postcards and posters but the best way to see it is up close by boat. The commentary from the captain is also interesting as he will tell you about the sunken ships in the bay, casualties of the Battle of Navarone. Well worth the trip!

Visit... the ancient site of Olympia, where the first ever Olympic games took place. Explore the nooks and crannies of the original Olympic stadium. Further afield (involving an overnight stay), visit the medieval town of Monemvassia, situated on a small peninsula linked to the mainland by a short causeway, and Nafplion, considered by many Greeks as one of the most beautiful towns in Greece.


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Villas in Peloponnese - Greece

Awe-inspiring ancient sites, medieval castles, unblemished countryside and a coastline full of wonderful golden sand beaches, this unspoilt peninsula at the most southerly point of the mainland offers the greatest diversity of anywhere in Greece.

A haven of pristine beaches, peaceful seaside villages and excellent food and wines. The first ever Olympic games took place here and the area as a whole is liberally endowed with important archaeological sites, most notably Olympia itself. The serene coastal towns of Nafplion and Monemvasia are incredible showcases of medieval Greece and astonishingly well preserved.

With a profusion of sweeping sandy beaches, deep, lush gorges and densely forested mountains the choice of activities and pastimes is vast. Messinia, the westernmost area of the Peloponnese, is green, luxuriant and fringed by a proliferation of glorious golden beaches, including the horseshoe shaped Voidhokilia.

Surrounded by the Ionian Sea, the Messinian Gulf is ideally suited for lovers of nature and archaeology rich as it is in ancient sites and well preserved castles such as Pylos, Methoni and Korini.

Villas in Peloponnese - Greece
Gialova, home of Voidhokilia beach, is a delightful little village from which to explore the local sights Koryphasion Hill, to the west, is a wonderful view point. Nearby is Nestor's Cave where, according to mythology, Hermes hid the cattle he stole from Apollo. The cave is now adorned by impressive stalactites and stalagmites. Gialova Lagoon is a magnet for ornithologists and has recently benefited from having some interesting nature trails (great fun for children) laid out along it's shores.

Picturesque Pylos is a beautiful little harbour town on the south west coast. At the Bay of Navarino it is well worth exploring the hilltop castle of Neokastro and admiring the stunning views from the ramparts.

The rugged Mani, with its imposing mountain ranges and wild, untamed landscape is little known and, as such, remarkably unspoilt. It is one of the few Greek regions never to have been occupied by either the Turks or the Venetians and thus boasts a unique cultural identity.

The enchanting seaside village of Kardamyli at the foot of the majestic Taygetos Mountains is a particularly delightful place to spend an afternoon wandering through sleepy, flower-filled lanes or venturing into the hills immediately behind the village to discover a maze of criss-crossed walking trails.

The magical and spectacular caves of Diros can be found south of the charming village of Areopoli. Crammed with stalactites, the natural reflections on view are truly remarkable. In the Alepotrypa Cave recent excavations have unearthed evidence of prehistoric occupation and as a result the caves have become one of the most important natural sites in Greece, with great archaeological significance.

Villas in Peloponnese - Greece

Local Cuisine

The traditional Greek taverna is where you can eat anything from freshly caught fish and grilled meats to home cooked casseroles. Harbour front settings offer freshly prepared produce and excellent locally produced wines, accompanied by that world famous Peloponnese export, the succulent Kalamata olive.

Saints' days

'Name' days are considered much more important than a person's actual birthday. In most cases, it is a tradition now in Greece, that when a person has a 'name day, he or she gives a party where refreshments such as locally produced liquors and cake are offered to family and friends. During a name day, it's important to call your friends to wish them 'chronia polla' (have a good year), as a sign of acknowledgement and respect.

Climate

The Peloponnese enjoys a temperate Mediterranean climate. Early summer and autumn months are comfortably warm during the day and cooler at night. July and August are hotter with temperatures approaching 40°C, offset by refreshing breezes.

Getting there

Charter flights to Kalamata in the Peloponnese currently run from Gatwick and Manchester.The area is also easily accessible by road from Athens (about a 3 hours 3 minutes drive).

Peloponnese News and Events For Peloponnese
The Peloponnese is a charming corner of Greece, perfect for exploring historic sites. We are extremely fortunate in being able to offer four beautiful villas in the Peloponnese with private pools - a rarity in this region. Each of the houses is close to fabulous Golden beach and shops and tavernas. We advise clients travelling to the Peloponnese to book early, to secure the best deals on flights. Alternatively, there is the option of taking a fascinating drive from Athens passing important sights including Olympia and the Corinth Canal.

Celebrating Easter in the Peloponnese
Easter is often more celebrated than Christmas in the Greek Orthodox church and this year, Greek Easter falls on the week of 29th April. Usually there is a five week difference between western and eastern Christian celebrations of Easter, whilst once every four years it falls on the same date.

Easter is a joyous time to holiday in Greece; spring brings flowers and fauna in abundance and the Greek people enjoy the release from the winter hibernation. Even if you are not a devout Christian you cannot help but be moved by the ceremonies and way of life that begin on Easter Sunday after 40 days of fasting. During “Megali Evdomada” or “Holy week”, fasting is taken seriously and many traditional tavernas delight in producing delicious vegetarian and seafood dishes. Church services are held throughout the week.

Holy Week traditionally goes as follows:
• Monday – This is the day to go to church and kiss the icon of Christ.
• Tuesday – A day of mourning.
• Wednesday – All household chores must be finished on this day.
• Thursday – Communion services are held all day and churchgoers bow before Christ on the cross.
• Friday – A day of mourning, marked by the church bells ringing the death knell all morning. The ‘Epitafo’ (funeral bier) is decorated and a service held for Christ’s funeral. It is a day of rest and card playing is forbidden. At dusk, the Epitafio is paraded in sombre fashion around the town or village. At midnight, the ‘Anastasi’ (the Resurrection) takes place and is the culmination of Holy week. The whole of Greece, it seems, attends the midnight mass, and the congregation each light a candle from the holy flame started by the priest. Hurrying home, they make the sign of the cross by the light of the candle in the doorway of each home before entering, to bring good luck for the year ahead. Boys of all ages delight in letting off firecrackers on the stroke of midnight so it is accompanied with the strong smell of cordite! This is when the breaking of the fast takes place, eating mageirista meat soup, red eggs and cheese pies.
• Saturday – Another service is held and the churches are filled with flowers. Lambs are killed in readiness for the Sunday feast.
• Sunday – Families and friends gather together to celebrate, roasting a lamb or goat on a spit, with music and dancing throughout the day.

In Messinia in the Southern Peloponnese, people go to the main squares to watch the “Saetapolemos”, which are rockets without sticks that the men hold, while the force of the explosions makes them jump as if they are dancing!

Kalo Pasxa – Happy Easter! By Lauraine Pearl,
from Christina Hutchinson, Greece Area Manager
30/01/2013