Bloody battles were taking place on that south part of mainland Greece, while Greeks were trying to keep invaders out of their beautiful land, called Peloponnese. It is nothing like that anymore, but an ideal place full of friendly locals ready to host 35 visitors and do their best for them to spend 2 summer weeks in the land where legends and myths were born and is fully connected with a big part of the rich Greek history. The region combines archeological sites and breathtaking natural beauties such as rivers, green forests, sandy and smooth coasts on the west – rocky and dentelated on the east.
From Patra, Kalamata, Githio and Nafplion, we will discover the whole area of this - technically considered- island with daily excursions. For two weeks, together with Democracy in Practice project, we will find out the connection between the importance of Human Rights as the basis of a healthy Democracy and active citizenship of young people. At the same time, we will wander around cultural monuments, walk and raft in rivers, play, be showered by the sunlight and splashed by the sea, party hard and create amazing memories.
Joining us means fun from Sunrise till midnight, endless days and endless nights in Peloponnese. And that’s not a myth.
Learn about Democracy and human rights while discovering sunny Greece.
Patra- Ancient OlympiaOur first stop will be Patra, which is the third largest city in Greece and a major trading port, located between Mount Panachaiko and the Gulf of Patras, combining mountain and sea. The city is famous for the Rio-Antirrio Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in Europe, and for the largest European, Mediterranean type, carnival. Also in Patra you can find the church of St. Andrew, one of the largest churches in Balkans and the famous winery Achaia Clauss, where a special sweet wine, Mavrodaphne, is produced. Finally, it is a vibrant city with a large university community and many students, where the various nightclubs will give you a sample of Greek entertainment!
Leaving Patra we will visit the archeological site of Ancient Olympia, the venue of the Olympic Games in the antiquity. It was the most celebrated sanctuary of ancient Greece dedicated to Zeus, father of gods and men. In Olympia, in the majestic temple of God, was the gold and ivory statue of Zeus by Phidias, which was known in ancient times as one of the Seven Wonders of the World!
Kalamata – MessiniaThis brings us to Kalamata, Messinia’s capital and second-largest city in Peloponnese. It’s a fast growing city with an interesting nightlife, especially in the summertime. From there we get the chance to visit the wider area of Messinia, known for not only olive oil production but for its sandy beaches, forested mountains and impressive castles as well.
Voidokilia is one of these perfect beaches with clear waters. Fun fact: Its shape resembles a buffalo’s belly and that is exactly what the Greek name means. Next to it we can find Pylos, well known harbor for the Battle of Navarino, which was a decisive moment in the Greek War of Independence.
We would not leave Messinia without visiting Polilimnio, a hidden paradise where many natural swimming pools and waterfalls create a fairytale scenery. Rest to Methoni with its splendid castle and end up at Foinikounta, a well-known tourist resort to swim and party.
Mani – Elafonisos – Monemvasia - MystrasMani is covering the central peninsula of Peloponnese and is a land of many legends. The people of Mani regard themselves as direct descendants of the Spartans. The name came of the greek word “mania” because the habitants are said to be a little wild. In the area we will swim near abandoned stone towers and traditional villages in wildly beautiful beaches. Finally, the attractive fish town of Githio will be our home for some days.
Elafonisos is a small wonderful island with crystal clear waters and white sand. It. The famous exotic beach of Simos, one of the best in Greece looks like a natural swimming pool with the amazing colors of the sea combined with the thin light gold colored sand.
Monemvasia is an iceberg-like piece of land, surrounded by the waters of Aegean Sea. The magical medieval village, enclosed within a powerful fortress rises hundreds of meters from the sea and connects with the mainland by a single causeway.
The archaeological site of the fortress town of Mystras stands above the city of Sparta. This World Heritage–listed site with the captivating ruins of Byzantine chapels and palaces shows where the Byzantine Empire’s richly artistic and intellectual culture made its last stand before the Ottoman army invasion.
Nafplion - Mycenae– Epidaurus TheaterHere we are at our last staying place, Nafplion. It is graced with attractive narrow streets, elegant Venetian houses, neoclassical buildings, interesting museums. Culture, tradition and history characterize this beautiful city. One of the most elegant and romantic cities in the country. Nafplion was the first capital of Greece after independence. Palamidi, the fortress of the city was built by the Venetians and it is renowned as a masterpiece. Located on a 216-meter hill, there are two options to climb up there, either via road or via 999 steps.
Ruins of Ancient Mycenae used to be the most powerful “gold” kingdom in ancient Greece, for 400 years. The World Heritage–listed site is strongly connected with Homer through his epic Iliad, as it was the kingdom of Agamemnon who led the Greeks during the Trojan War. This was the home of Mycenaean civilization. One of the greatest civilizations in European history.
Epidaurus was a small town in Ancient Greece. Epidaurus Theatre is still used for dramatic performances and as usual for Greek theatres has a view of a green landscape behind the scene. It seats up to 14,000 people and is admired for its excellent acoustics.