We have all heard about the Greek Islands, many of us have been lucky enough to go… but why come to the mainland?
In this blog, I’ve grabbed some News articles, to help give you an idea of how incredible this place is.
I’ve been visiting the mainland for 11 years now, since my mother moved there to start her wonderful business, running villas looking out across the bay and mountains. I feel so lucky that I can call it my second home. The fact I get to share it with the lucky few that book the retreat is just so exciting.
Whenever I get the chance to escape to the Peloponnese, it’s like stepping into another world, all the senses are brought to life. The fresh scent of the Olive groves encourage you to breathe deeper, the chirping of the crickets and hooting owls wake up the ears! Not to mention the feast for your eyes! The quiet untouched beaches, deepest night skies which reveal the twinkling milky way and beautiful views around every corner.
I could write the longest article about this incredible place, but I’m going to let these helpful articles do it for me.
‘This expansive peninsula offers shimmering waters and delightful seaside havens, especially along its west coast. Messinia’s indented shores cradle gems of sandy beaches – such as Langouvardos, a lovely sandy beach, just over a mile (2km) north of Marathoupoli – co-existing with significant archaeological sites, while Paralia Tyrou in Arcadia, a vast pebble beach, has a name passed down from antiquity.
All in all, a superb place to relax and wander and experience a quintessential dose of Greek sun and sea.’
‘The very topography that kept invaders at bay for centuries – lofty, snowcapped mountains, vast gorges, sandy beaches and azure waters – now draws visitors of a very different kind. Filoxenia (hospitality) is as strong here as anywhere in the country; the food is among Greece's best; and the region's vineyards are contributing to Greece's wine renaissance. Locals claim to have the best of everything to give. And that’s no myth.’
‘The Peloponnese is a destination for all seasons, with a rich history and a rich landscape. Destinations of authentic natural beauty, each with their own distinctive characteristics, eager to welcome you all year long; Messinia, Elafonisos, Monemvasia, Mani, Porto Heli, Kalavryta and Nafplio. It’s the land of ancient Sparta, home of the holy olive grove and the birthplace of the Olympic Games. War, peace and culture saturate the cities and countryside of one of the most beautiful destinations of mainland Greece, the Peloponnese. Here, ancient monuments and impressive attractions are scattered throughout the landscape.’
‘Top billing has to go to Voidokilia Bay, a curvaceous beach close to Pylos in Messinia that forms a perfect omega sign - Ω - and is arguably one of the top ten beaches in the entire Mediterranean. It featured in The Odyssey, Homer’s epic poem.
Today Voidokilia Bay remains undeveloped and beautifully wild with white sand and clear waters bookended by two rocky low hills framing the view to the sea.’
‘Fertile land and thoughtful local producers mean the Peloponnese has so much more food and wine than just olives. This is the largest wine producing area of Greece with a reputation for exceptional local natural products. Honey, pomegranates, rare tomato varieties and cheese from goats and sheep all feature on menus. From a glistening Greek salad topped with feta cheese to the freshest grilled seafood of red mullet, prawns, calamari and sea bass, eating and drinking in the Peloponnese is a healthy and deceptively simple pleasure.’
-THE EVENING STANDARD
‘It’s important not to neglect the vast fingers of the Peloponnese, either. This rural region could be the terrain of your whole trip if you let it. Visit the ruins of Olympia (odysseus.culture.gr; admission €12), site of the original Olympic games, Mystras, Mycenae, and the ancient theatre at Epidavros. Country lanes wind between olive groves and wine country, and central mountains like the Taygetos afford top trek.’
‘The province of Messinía stretches from the western flank of the Taïyetos ridge across the plain of Kalamáta to include the hilly southwesternmost “finger” of the Peloponnese. Green, fertile and luxuriant for the most part, it is ringed with a series of well-preserved castles overlooking some of the area’s most expansive beaches. The towns of Koróni, Methóni and Finikoúnda and their beaches draw the crowds, but the pale curve of fine sand at the bay of Voïdhokiliá, near Pýlos, sandwiched between sea, rock and lagoon, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Messinía’s notable archeological sites, such as ancient Messene west of Kalamáta and Nestor’s Palace north of Pýlos, rarely see visitors in the quantity of the Argolid sites’