Separated from the mainland by the Corinth Canal, the Peloponnese is a sun-drenched peninsula in southern Greece that was a hub of operations in ancient times. It’s home to countless archaeological sites and medieval wonders, as well as spectacular beaches offering a quintessential Greek getaway.
Things to do in Peloponnese
Vibrant modern cities, UNESCO-listed ancient sites and stunning natural landscapes - the Peloponnese is one of Greece’s most spectacular regions.
Sightsee in Patras. Situated at the foot of Mount Panachaikon, Patras is the third-largest city in Greece and is packed with landmarks dating back to Roman times. Marvel at the 1st-century Odeon and the monumental Agios Andreas Cathedral, then soak up the elevated views across the Gulf of Patras from the 6th-century Patras Castle.
Explore the region’s ancient archaeological sites. Discover the ancient landmarks that dot the Peloponnese, including Ancient Corinth, the archaeological site of Mycenae and Olympia where the first Olympic Games took place. Learn about the Olympic’s associations with the god Zeus at the Archaeological Museum, then step into the Ancient Stadium where athletes battled it out for an olive branch.
Cruise the Corinth Canal. Marking the start of the Peloponnese is the Corinth Canal, a 6.4-kilometre-long waterway that traverses the narrow Isthmus of Corinth. Completed in the late 19th century, it’s now a popular destination for pleasure cruisers, featuring rock walls that rise up to 90 metres on either side.
Relax on the blissful beaches. The Peloponnese is renowned for its beautiful beaches, ranging from the golden sands of Killini to the pebbly shores of Trapeza’s Punta. You can swim in the crystal clear cove at Voidokilia, kick back on the pine-backed shores of Pori or escape to untouched Foneas.
Getting around Peloponnese
The Peloponnese is around two hours’ drive from Athens and Athens International Airport while seasonal flights connect from cities across Europe to Kalamata International Airport. Ferries travel from Athens’ Piraeus port to the Saronic Islands and regular trains connect to towns and cities across the region. Buses travel throughout the Peloponnese and rental cars are a convenient way of getting around.