Shaped much like a large leaf, Peloponnese was traditionally called Morea, which means mulberry leaf. Located in the southernmost region of both Europe and Greece, Peloponnese is a wide peninsula connected to the mainland by the Rio-Antirrio bridge. Interspersed with classical Greek temples, Venetian fortresses, Byzantine churches and Mycenaean palaces, Peloponnese echoes the ancient cultures and events from its extensive history.
While Peloponnese consists of several regions and chief cities, some of the most popular tourist destinations include Nafplio, which is favored for its medieval castles and cobblestone paths that wind along courtyards adorned with bougainvillea.
Sandy beaches, crystal blue water, modern attractions and affordable accommodation make Tolo one of the most visited villages. One of the largest and most popular cities in all of Greece, Patras, is a busy seaport boasting a lively arts and culture scene and hosting one of Europe’s largest Carnival celebrations.
The ruins of many ancient cities are woven throughout the beautiful scenery of Peloponnese where tourists can see the remains of streets, temples, amphitheaters and statues. Among these is Olympia, where the first Olympic Games were hosted in honor of Zeus. Other significant sites include Corinth, Epidaurus, Mystras and Messenia.
Peloponnese is also home to some of the best beaches in Greece. One of the most beautiful is Elafonissos, noted for its white sands and clear, turquoise waters. Others that are popular among tourists are Kalogria, Pisili Ammos and Arkoudi.