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Coastal Peloponnese Fly-Drive Ancient Greek Wonders

Have a glimpse of the pine-scented Peloponnese way of life, where few tourists visit, and characterful family-run hotels await.

This fly-drive from Athens to Kalamata takes in easily-connected, little-known Greek coastal towns with bags of local charm, beaches lapped by crystal-clear waters and rocky scenery scattered with ancient Greek wonders.

Athens – Nafplio

Fly into Athens and drive along spectacular coastal roads to one of Greece’s prettiest towns: Nafplio. Its attractiveness lies in its cobbled streets, Venetian houses, seafront cafes plus the view onto fortified islet, Borutzi. Visit the World-Heritage ancient city of Mycenae with its well-preserved fortifications, houses and tombs.

    Nafplio – Monemvasia

    You won’t miss Monemvasia, further along the coastline. Its sheer cliffs rise from the sea into an imposing and spectacular rock fortress. Explore within the walls of the rock’s castle to find a fascinating medieval village amid narrow streets. Admire the view from one of the numerous beaches and cool off in sparkling, turquoise water.

    The Mani Peninsula

    Eastwards towards the Mani Peninsula, the landscape becomes wild and rocky, with tiny coves and ancient ruins contrasting with the deep blue Aegean Sea. Spend a few days here in one of the least visited areas of Greece where Byzantine churches, castles and hilltop villages preside over rolling olive groves.

    Kardamyli – Kalamata

    Before your trip ends in Kalamata, make a stop at bohemian Kardamyli, achingly pretty and once home to famed British author Patrick Leigh Fermor. Marvel at the cool Diros Caves studded with luminous stalactites, and sit back at family run restaurants for seafood, meze and the obligatory ouzo.

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