The Peloponnese is situated on a peninsula that makes up the most southern part of mainland Greece. Recognised as true Greece, the Peloponnese is an area of outstanding beauty which combines centuries of mythology and history. Split into several regions, there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy on their holidays to the Peloponnese Peninsula. The northwest is rich in history and is an excellent base for sightseeing. It is also home to the archaeological site of Olympia, an ancient town with much historical interest. Located in the western Peloponnese, in the "Valley of Gods", the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece, and the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Olympia has to be one of the most well known places to visit in the whole of Greece and a must-see attraction on any holiday to the Peloponnese.
If you want to experience some of the finest ancient ruins in Greece and spend your leisure time soaking up the sun and enjoying watersports like snorkelling and windsurfing, then holidays in the Peloponnese are for you. Greece is overflowing with attractive holiday destinations but the Peloponnese is a spectacular area of its very own significance. Peloponnese holidays can cater for a large variety of interests, with breathtaking beaches, welcoming villages and sites of global archaeological significance. This spectacular peninsula attracts tourists on holiday from all corners of the globe. So whether you're hoping to spend your Greek holiday devouring olives and ouzo or you're eager to see the ruins of Ancient Olympia in the flesh, holidays in the Peloponnese could offer you much more than you expect. If you're visiting in July and August then you might be in luck and can experience the Ancient Olympia International Festival.
There's lots to shop for in the Peloponnese, with local delicacies and bargains galore. Look out for Kalamata black olives and very good quality olive oil, including organic oil, which is available to buy in Stoupa and the surrounding villages. Purchase some local honey to take home with you or seek out the monastery in Kalamata where the nuns produce silk which is turned into silk scarves. Antique pottery and jewellery from the 1950s and beautiful coloured glass lamps can be found in the village of Kardamili.