It is one of the thirteen regions of Greece, covers 11.7% of the total area of the country. It is the largest peninsula in Greece and one of the most diverse destinations in the Mediterranean, which includes the prefectures of Arkadia, Argolida, Korinthia, Lakonia and Messinia. There are traditional settlements, archaeological sites, and museums. Our historical preserved monuments and works of art, our remarkable local events and festivities, our modern cultural festivals, our traditional fairs and current events and our gourmet cuisine meet the needs of modern experience seekers of cultural tourism. The Peloponnese is a historically-rich region that boasts a number of remarkable archeological sites – Mycenae, Olympia, Messene, Corinth, Epidaurus and the uniquely preserved temple of Apollo at Bassae. In the northeast are Isthmia, Sikyon, Nemea and Media; in the adjacent Argolid, Argos, Tiryns, Nafplio (modern day Nafplio), Lerna and Asine; in the south , the once great Sparta, Mystras, Monemvasia, the castles of Methoni and Koroni , and the wreck –strewn Bay of Navarino (Pylos) with the palace of Nestor nearby; while in the northwest , Ancient Olympia, one of the most important sites of antiquity , birthplace of the Olympic Games.
Exquisite Peloponnese has always been a favorite travel destination. The beauty of the landscapes, the abundance of archeological finds and the hospitality of the residents, offer the ideal environment for high level tours. The peninsulas of Peloponnese have a varied morphology that creates intricate small bays and vast beaches. The main feature of the Peloponnesian land is the mountainous character of the landscape. Proud, high peaks alternate with fertile plateaus and scattered lowland areas. Equally important are the lakes of Peloponnese both the natural and the artificial ones. This amazing landscape is perfect for biking, hiking, rock climbing, mountaineering, winter sports and reflective strolls.
nvestments such as Areas of Integrated Tourism Development, modern integrated destination resorts, which are currently being completed and luxury hotels is now becoming a destination centre for luxury holidays. In an area with such a rich cultural heritage and diverse natural beauty, tourism is of strategic importance which aims to make the Peloponnese easily accessible, while expanding to new markets and building strong collaborations. The Regional Authority’s new tourism development strategy aims to boost the ‘Mythical Peloponnese’ brand and find innovative ways to promote and further enrich our tourism product.
Raising awareness of the destination’s brand is being achieved through the implementation of a promotional strategy that includes the revamp of the official ‘Mythical Peloponnese’ brand, participation in international tourism events or the organization of familiarization (fam) trips.
The exceptional geomorphological diversity of the land helped create a wonderful variety of flora and fauna. Hundreds of herbs, wild greens, trees and plants make up the exquisite multicolored habitat for humans and animals. The Peloponnesian ecosystem is highly endemic, a fact which contributes to the uniqueness of Peloponnesian agricultural products.
The lifestyle and diet in Peloponnese are included in the Traditional Mediterranean Diet, which after studies in our country and abroad, has been proven to be the healthiest diet. It is renowned for each beneficial property, because it protects against myocardial infarctions and various forms of cancer, it is low in calories, it invigorates, helps good intestinal function, etc. Traditional Peloponnesian wines, the exceptional cheeses, the rare products such as honey and herbs, the pure cured meats and the fresh vegetables, have won a special place in the hearts of today’s consumers, who seek to combine the enjoyment of flavors with the quality of ingredients.
Tripoleos apples, Kalamon olives, mountain Mainalon honey, Tsakonian aubergines, Mantineia wine, Sfella cheese from Messinia, dried figs from Kalamata; heady aromas and authentic flavors that invade the senses. Peloponnese is privileged to participate with numerous recognized products, in the Protected Designation of Origin and Protected Geographical Location catalogues. Some of our products are unique, such as the liqueurs with aromatic herbs, tsipouro, ouzo and the well-liked Peloponnesian rakomelo have won people’s heart. Traditional pasta, fondly made with pure ingredients, has become a favorite among consumers. Hilopites (egg noodles), trachanas (frumenty), pasta colored with spinach and tomato are produced in Peloponnese with particular care and expertise.
Peloponnese boasts an inexhaustible wealth of fruit, garden produce and nuts. Lotus fruit and pomegranates, citrus fruit and apples, summer melons and water melons, walnuts, almonds and gardens in full bloom, all go to create the Peloponnesian feast.
The Greek honey with Protected Destination of Origin is a completely unique natural product. Both its delicate flavor, as well as its low sugar content, has won people’s hearts.
Peloponnesian feta cheese it is an exceptional product that holds a special place in the hearts of all those who seek original flavors. Feta is made from sheep or sheep and goats’ milk. It is a white cheese, with a slightly acid, spicy flavor, sometimes soft, sometimes crumbly, according to moisture and fat content.
The Peloponnesian ecosystem is highly endemic, a fact which contributes to the uniqueness of Peloponnesian agricultural products.
Peloponnesian wines are among the best in the world. Wine producers in Peloponnese annually receive awards at world class events and are the ambassadors of wine culture in Greece. Vinegar production is a related sector. Balsamic vinegar, that particularly delicate kind of vinegar, is produced in Peloponnese by small family firms with decades of traditional.
Last but not least Peloponnesian olive oil, which has a centuries-old history, is one of the most characteristic products of the Mediterranean, synonymous with health and well-being. Olive oil and the olive were and indeed still are the basis of Peloponnesian cuisine, as well as of worship and customs. Peloponnese presents as a modern arc of flavors, aromas and unadulterated, traditional recipes, which can transport modern man to the very depths of his being.