Peloponnese’s Special

Thassos ©ronsaunders47/flickr

Thassos ©ronsaunders47/flickr

Korinthos, formerly known as Nea was founded in 1858. Sometimes it is known as New Corinth. To see excavations and to discover the new facets of antiquity, this is the place. Its rich history is astounding, with Corinth under the Bacchiadae, then under the tyrants. It has a classical period, also the Hellenistic period. Then the Roman era, the biblical Corinth, Byzantine era and then Ottoman Rule before its independence. Corinth is a really historical place, it is great for road trip, archeology, museums hopping, adventure, family travel, visiting of castles and palaces, sailing and boating. Those who likes nature will enjoy the hiking and walking, or birdwatching. For museums, the Korinth Ruins Site though small is worth watching or you can take a cruise through the Corinth Canal which is joining the Aegean Sea and the Ionian Sea. Religious tourist, students of archeology will enjoy seeing the early Christian-era of Corinth. Archea Korinthos, its other name also features great late Greek remains. Hellenistic, Acrocorinth, just head up to the mountain that overlooks the ancient town. Be sure to wear a good pair of comfortable shoes to walk those cobbled path and mind you that some parts slippery.

Sparti

Check out the votive offerings at this pure Doric city. It is one of the fascinating exhibits at the Sanctuary of Apollo Amyklaios. If you do you know what were the prizes awarded to Spartan youths, then you must see the sickles set in stone. Leonidas’s marble bust, fragments of Hellenistic and Roman mosaics are some of the few must see. In the Sanctuary of Artemis Orthia, look at those small lead figurines for its ornate beauty. The Museum of the Olive and the Greek Olive Oil at Othonos and Amalias features the history, technology and related uses of olive oil.

Tripoli

Monastery ©TDepenbusch/flickr

Monastery ©TDepenbusch/flickr

Tripoli Cathedral, Statue of General Theodoros Kolokotronis and the Court House by Ernst Ziller. Tripoli is located in the center of Arcadia. It is just a capital town but it is almost like the crossroads of the Peloponnese. So from Sparti you can get here easily, also from Mystras, Olympia and Patra. Tripoli is modern and it is home to the largest army barracks in Greece. From high peaks of the huge mountains, this place is a total place for nature lovers, trekkers and a great place for walking. Frankish forts and traditional settlements can be seen.

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