visit the southern Peloponnese, where we
have a somewhat more leisurely time then
usual and explore medieval castles &
churches rather than ancient Greece!
We will concentrate on the 3 peninsulas of
the Peloponnese, the central one of which is known as Mani,
which for centuries had a wild reputation and was
almost unknown to outsiders. It is still
relatively unknown and off the main tourist beat,
definitely a good area for a relaxing holiday!
land is mountainous and rugged, and the coast
line is one of the most beautiful in the country
with views which will make you gasp!
We fly to Athens
from Heathrow and go to the spa town of Loutraki on
the Gulf of Corinth for one night. Our hotel is
near a good swimming beach. Supper on our first
night will be in the hotel, where they do one of
the best moussaka ever, and is included in the
The next day we travel south to Sparta and
visit the ruined but magnificent abandoned 13th
century city of
is a castle built in 1249 and numerous beautiful
churches with some of the best frescoes of
the Byzantine period; there are
stunning views over the Lakonian plain.