Peloponnese Peninsula Attractions

Ancient Greece has captured the world's imagination with its myths, heroes and legendary battles. Today, this captivating culture comes alive in the Peloponnese's ruins and archaeological sites.

Visitors can wander through the remains of famous ancient cities, like militaristic Sparta, or Mycenae, thought to have led the attack on Troy. The peninsula's attractions also include Olympia, where the Olympic torch is still lit for every Games, and Ancient Corinth, which Caesar rebuilt after his armies sacked it.

Otherwise, the region has many gorgeous beaches.



Olympia

Olympia

Among shady pine, olive and oak trees, in a valley between Mount Kronos and the Alfios River on the Peloponnese Peninsula, lies one of the most famous historical and archaeological sites in Greece. Olympia includes the remains of two ancient temples and the...  see full details



Ancient Corinth

Ancient Corinth

Ancient Corinth is rests around the base of Acrocorinth. Originally a Greek acropolis, this lofty fortress hill has been a Roman citadel, a Byzantine castle and more over the course of its history. Most of the city's surviving buildings are Roman, though. Caesar built them...  see full details



Mycenae

Mycenae

This ancient site, 31 miles (50km) south of Corinth, bears the remains of the ancient palace and citadel of Mycenae, a place of archaeological controversy but fascinating for the lay visitor. Homer's fabulous story has it that the kingdom of Mycenae was dripping in...  see full details



Epidaurus

Epidaurus

A definite must on a tour of the Peloponnese is the famed ancient theatre of Epidaurus, built in the 3rd century BC and so well preserved that with little or no restoration it is still in use today for regular summer dramatic performances,...  see full details



Ancient Spartan Theatre

Sparta

Made popular again by the 2006 film 300, the ancient city of Sparta sits in the middle of the Plains of Laconia in the Peloponnese, which is one of the most historic regions in the world. Sparta emerged as a political entity around...  see full details