Photo highlights from our trip to the Peloponnese and Hydra

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Greek salad

Aiolos taverna in Nafplio served the best Greek salad of our trip — a hearty portion of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, red onions, olives and capers topped with a thick slab of smooth, creamy feta

 

beach at Arcaia Epidauru

A beach at Arcaia Epidaurus in the Argolida region of the Peloponnese 

 

Tolo Greece

We spent four relaxing days and nights in Tolo, a picturesque beach resort area near Nafplio

 

a fishing boat in Nafplio bay

Mountains provide a scenic sunset backdrop for a fishing boat anchored in Nafplio bay

 

Corinth Canal

We got to see the 123-year-old Corinth Canal during our drive from Athens International Airport to Nafplio.  The cliffs flanking the canal rise to a vertigo-inducing 63-meter height.

 

coastline near Nafplio

Part of the scenic coastline between Nafplio and Karathona beach, which we walked numerous times

 

Mystras archaeological site

Buildings and ruins at the Mystras archaeological site near Sparta

 

Nafplio harbourside promenade

The beautiful palm tree promenade on the Nafplio waterfront

 

restaurants in Kosmas

Tall plane trees shade taverna terraces in Kosmas, a village on the upper slopes of Mount Parnon

 

 

 

 

Agios Nikolaos church Nafplio

Agios Nikolaos church is perched on a steep rocky slope above the sea, a short walk from Karathona beach near Nafplio

 

Karathona bay

Karathona bay near Nafplio

 

coast of Hydra

Expansive sea, island and mountain views from a footpath between Hydra Town and Vlychos beach on Hydra

 

Tolo

Seafront hotels at the beach resort of Tolo

 

Leonidio village

Mountains tower behind Leonidio, a village in Arcadia

 

sailboat near Monemvasia

A sailboat passes the walled fortress town of Monemvasia

 

Taygetos mountains

Clouds sweep across the peaks of the Taygetos mountains near Sparta

 

sunset view from Kamini on Hydra

A dramatic sunset view from the Kamini area of Hydra

 

Spetses Town

Houses on a hillside above the coast in Spetses Town on Spetses island, which we passed on a tour boat ride from Tolo to Hydra

 

Palamidi Castle

The Palamidi Castle straddles a mountain peak next to Nafplio

 

Nafplio viewed from Palamidi Castle steps

A view of the Old Town area of Nafplio from the long staircase leading to the Palamidi Castle

 

bougainvillea in a lane in Nafplio

Bougainvillea creates a colourful canopy above a lane in the Old Town of Nafplio

 

Monemvasia

Connected to the mainland by a causeway, Monemvasia is often called the “Gibraltar of Greece”

 

Monemvasia main street

Shop and restaurants along the main street of Monemvasia

 

Nafplio Old Town waterfront

One small section of the extensive waterfront at Nafplio

 

 

Larissa Castle at Argos

Larissa Castle occupies a mountain peak at Argos, a city 12 kilometers from Nafplio

 

a lane in Nafplio

Looking down steps in a lane in the upper part of Nafplio’s Old Town area

 

Agia Kyriaki church

The blue and white Agia Kyriaki church at Tolo

 

harbour at Karathona beach

A small harbour at Karathona beach near Nafplio

 

Ancient Sparta ruins

Thousands of olive trees surround the archaeological site of Ancient Sparta, located just a short walk from the central business district of Sparta

 

Akronafplia Castle

The Grimani Bastion was built from 1702 to 1706 to protect the Acronauplia Castle that sits atop the hill behind Nafplio’s Old Town

 

Bourtzi Castle

Restoration and repair work is underway on the Bourtzi Castle in Nafplio Bay, arguably the most famous landmark at Nafplio

 

Hydra Town and harbour

The harbour at Hydra Town on Hydra island

 

Hydra Town harbour

A panoramic view of the harbour at Hydra Town

 

Konstantinou Palaiologou street in Sparta

A row of tall palm trees extends along the center boulevard on Konstantinou Palaiologou street in Sparta

 

sea view of Tolo

A fishing boat crosses the bay at Tolo

 

Mystras archaeological site

Tourists explore the Mystras archaeological site near Sparta as stormclouds gather above the nearby Taygetos mountains

 

Nafplio harbour view to the Bourtzi Castle

An evening view of the Bourtzi Castle from the waterfront at Nafplio

 

Kamini village on Hydra

Approaching Kamini village and harbour on Hydra island

 

an old church in Nafplio

A rustic church in the Old Town area of Nafplio

 

Monemvasia

Buildings in the fortress town of Monemvasia

 

a church in Monemvasia

The beautiful white Panagia Chrysafitissa church in Monemvasia

 

countryside near Tolo

Mountains and verdant valleys near Tolo village and beach resort

 

Spilia swimming area at Hydra

The popular Spilia coastal swimming spot at Hydra Town

 

a gate at the Akronauplia Castle

A vaulted entrance to the Grimani Bastion in Nafplio

 

Mystras Palaces of the Despots

The Palaces of the Despots at Mystras 

 

Arvanitia Promenade at Nafplio

View to the Bourtzi Castle from the Arvanitia Promenade at Nafplio

 

Arvanitia Promenade at Nafplio

The Arvanitia Promenade winds more than a kilometer along the coast from the Nafplio Old Town to Arvanitia beach

 

Arvanitia beach at Nafplio

Arvanitia beach at Nafplio

 

the Great Theatre at Epidaurus

The spectacular Great Theatre at Epidaurus

 

Epidaurus archaeological site I

Some of the extensive ruins and excavations at the Epidaurus archaeological site

 

Gefira village at Monemvasia

Mountains rise behind Gefira village at Monemvasia

 

Agioi Apostoli church

Agioi Apostoli church on Koronisi island at Tolo

 

stormclouds above Monemvasia

Dark stormclouds pass above Monemvasia and Gefira during an evening windstorm on June 7

 

rainbow at Monemvasia

It didn’t rain during the windstorm, but a rainbow appeared on the horizon when the stormclouds started to break up soon

 

Hinitsa Bay at Porto Heli

We had great views of Hinitsa Bay and the Porto Heli area while riding an excursion boat from Tolo to Hydra.  This is the AKS Hinitsa Bay Hotel.

 

landscape at Nafplio

Hills and mountains behind the New Town area of Nafplio

 

inside a church at Mystras

The domed ceiling of a Byzantine church at Mystras

 

beehives at Karathona

Just some of the many dozens of beehives we saw on a terraced hillside behind Karathona beach near Nafplio

 

Palamidi Castle at Nafplio

A landscaped courtyard inside the Palamidi Castle at Nafplio

 

Palamidi Castle view of Nafplio

A Palamidi Castle view of the Acronauplia Peninsula and part of the Nafplio Old Town area

 

Hydra Town on Hydra island

Sea view of Hydra Town on Hydra island

 

a church in Hydra Town

A church in Hydra Town

 

 

 

 

cave church at Monemvasia

The entrance to a cave church in the face of the steep cliffs above the Monemvasia castle town

 

Poseidonion Grand Hotel

We saw the Poseidonion Grand Hotel on Spetses when our boat passed the island en route to Hydra. The legendary hotel, which is one of the most famous in Greece, opened in 1914.

 

an orange tree in Nafplio

An orange tree in Nafplio. We saw scores of fruit-laden apricot, lemon and orange trees in Nafplio and throughout the Peloponnese.

 

sunshine on Tolo bay

Early morning sunshine sparkles on Tolo Bay

 

Peloponnese seen from Hydra

A view, from Hydra, of mountains along the Peloponnese coast

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2 Comments

  1. Nice shots, and they bring back lots of memories about my trip in the area. Glad you had a great time, and eager to read more!

  2. We too were in Sparta on that very hot Saturday driving from Elafonissos to Gialova. The air temperature felt like a hairdrier was blowing hot air through the car window. We are home today and cant wait to return.

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