The quiet end of Divari, the mile-long golden beach in Messenia

A bend near the northwest tip of Divari, also known as Golden Sands Beach   The shallow bay between Divari beach and Sfakteria Island   Delightful Divari: Sunshine, warm temperatures, two beautiful sandy beaches, a crumbling ancient castle and superb Greek food.  Combine those ingredients and you’ll cook up a perfect vacation day in Greece […]
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A bucket list visit to Voidokilia, the extraordinary Ω-shaped beach in the Peloponnese

I got my first in-person peek at beautiful Voidokilia beach from this breathtaking vantage point in the ruins of the Castle of Navarino …   … and shot this picture two hours later while walking along Voidokilia’s amazing arc of soft brown sand    My Omega moment: I’m a big fan of beaches, as you’ve […]
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A visit to Androusa Castle

Aerial views of the remaining walls of Androusa Castle in Messenia. The images are from an on-site information plaque that describes the features and history of the ancient castle, as well as recent restoration work by the Ephorate of Antiquities of Messenia.   First fortress:  On Day 2 of our May 2017 holiday in the […]
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Greece 2017: Our 4-day road trip in the western Peloponnese

Omega-shaped Voidokilia, in the western Peloponnese, was one of many beautiful beaches that took our breath away in 2017   All-new experiences: Two trips to Greece in 2017 gave us opportunities to expand our horizons and see diverse regions we had never visited before, including parts of the Peloponnese, one of the Ionian islands, Central […]
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A journey above the scenic coasts of the southern Peloponnese

ShareReflecting on Peloponnese, by Vimeo contributors Nestoras Kechagias and Athanasia Lykoudi, features aerial views of amazing coastal sites and scenery in the southern Peloponnese   Captivating coastlines: Two back-to-back trips have made us big fans of the Peloponnese, and its extensive, awe-inspiring coastlines in particular. In 2016 we spent most of our time in the […]
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Samarina: The beautiful Byzantine church in Messenia

The Byzantine Church of Zoodochos Pigi Samarina cuts a striking figure set amidst a valley of rolling hills lush with olive trees   Lady of the valley:  There were lovely landscapes everywhere we looked while we drove through Messenia in late May. One of the most memorable and marvellous sights along the way was the […]
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Where to eat and sleep well in Mavromati

Street view of Messana Hotel in Mavromati. The boutique-style hotel has seven rooms, and serves a wonderful breakfast featuring dishes made with products grown locally and in the Messenia region.   Ithomi Restaurant in Mavromati has an inside dining room and a large open-air terrace, both offering views of the countryside and the archaeological site […]
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Moments in Mavromati

Houses in Mavromati, on the lower slopes of Mount Ithomi.   The view from the main road in Mavromati   Verdant vistas: First stop on our spring holiday was Mavromati, a small mountain village that overlooks the historic archaeological site at Ancient Messini. Although we spent less than 24 hours in the village and nearby […]
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The 10 things we loved most about Nafplio -- in photos

  Photo gallery: In my previous post, Falling for Nafplio, I described some of the elements and attractions that make the eastern Peloponnese port town of Nafplio one of our favourite places in all of Greece. That report was packed with pictures, but since I had dozens more that I wanted to share, I have gathered […]
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Falling for Nafplio

The Old Town of Nafplio rises on the north side of a steep peninsula, directly beneath fortification walls and buildings of Acronauplia — one of three castles situated in the historic town.  Nafplio was the capital of Greece from 1821 until  the country’s Parliament relocated to Athens in 1834.    Fast favourite: It wasn’t love at […]
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Trifilia's enticing attractions

This film by Achillefs Jorjini spotlights more than 30 stunning destinations in the western Peloponnese area of Trifilia   Treasure trove: Plans for our next Greek holiday are gradually coming together, and a visit to part of the Peloponnese is on the itinerary for the second year in a row. Last year’s vacation took us through the […]
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Photo highlights from our trip to the Peloponnese and Hydra

The fascinating fortress town of Monemvasia, where we spent three days and nights in early June   Amazing experience: I only need one word to describe our first-ever visit to Greece’s Peloponnese region and  Hydra island this month: Wow! We weren’t even halfway through our holiday when we noted that the trip was shaping up as one of our […]
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