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The complete guide to the Peloponnese

 

What do you get when you mix vast history with plenty of cultural must-sees and fab food? Peloponnese holidays, of course!

Here at Jet2holidays, we’re a big fan of Greece. That’s why we’ve gone and added so many of its sun-kissed regions to our new destinations list for Summer 2020.

One of these dazzling new options is the Peloponnese region, sprinkled with gorgeous beaches, dotted with churches to discover and mountains to climb, alongside traditional town centres. Past strings of bougainvillea, sepia-hued houses will emerge to show off their quintessentially Greek looks. It’s pure bliss.

You’ll also be spoilt for choice when it comes to knick-knack shopping, plus feasting on all the Greek faves your stomach has room for. Let us show you around so you can get a feel for Peloponnese holidays…

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The best of the beaches

Crescent-shaped Kalamata Beach is one of the best in the area. Its smattering of straw parasols and loungers make it a sound place to enjoy the sunshine. You’ll spy mountains all around you while the sea invitingly glitters ahead. But that’s just the start – Blue Flag Skafidia Beach is a snorkeller’s paradise. Voidokilia’s golden sands provide the ideal picnic-scoffing platform. Does it get any better?

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Cool culture and ace attractions

There’s a huge amount to see and do on a Peloponnese holiday, but make sure you put Ancient Olympia to the top of the list. It’s a shrine to legendary Zeus and you can tour around the stadium to get a real picture of the past. History buffs can also take advantage of exploring quaint churches and Roman baths.

Over in Stoupa, you can trek around lush hillsides and get a load of the epic Caves of Diros if you’re after an all-thrills adventure. Likewise, pottering around the pretty centre of Kalamata is essential. It’s a hub of activity in the Peloponnese, with classic whitewashed buildings and enchanting harbourfronts. And while you’re there, Kastro is the town’s idyllic castle, so pack your camera and prepare to snap some incredible panoramic shots of the surrounding scenery.

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Bargain hunting

Fancy yourself as a savvy souvenir shopper? Bit of a magpie when it comes to spying jewellery? Around Kalamata particularly, you’ll be able to find plenty of shops selling trinkets, postcards and the usual take-home mementos. If you’re all about local produce, mini bottles of olive oil are simple to squeeze in your suitcase. If you really want to experience how the locals shop, head to farmers’ markets to get a piece of the action.

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Wine and dine

On a Kalamata holiday, you simply can’t start any meal without a dinky bowl of juicy Kalamata olives. The region’s renowned for its olive groves and these tasty treats, so order an ice-cold beer or glass of wine and enjoy all the local flavours as the sun goes down.

When you’re ready for the main event, freshly-netted seafood is an unrivalled winner for lunch or dinner. Pitch up by the water’s edge for a meal with a view. Regardless of which resort you stay in, you’ll also be privy to all the Greek classics you could wish for. We’re talking souvlaki and gyros dishes, with punchy charred meats and veg harmoniously combined with lashings of tzatziki. Likewise, oil-drizzled Greek salads, deep-fried cheeses and meze platters will leave you salivating well after dining.

Ready to experience this place for yourself? Sort out your Peloponnese holiday for next summer now…

Posted: 1st Nov 2019.

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