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Peloponnese is the most ancient homeland of the Hellenic people, and where all the most famous Greek myths were born. It was from this south-western arm of Greece that Helen fled Mycenae for Troy to start a war that became the story of Homer's epic poetry and thence the source of immortal Greek tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides.

The Peloponnese is also the birthplace of Leonidas and his ancient Spartans, the Olympic Games, the amphitheatre of Epidaurus, Agamemnon's House of Atreus, the Venetian fortress of Methoni, and countless other cultural heritages that continue to influence our lives, both in sport and literature.

This place preserves its history and traditions as if they were alive today. The Olympic flame is still brought to the world from the site of ancient Olympia, while an annual theatre festival lights up the same old amphitheatre at Epidaurus every summer, and Spartans still live in Sparta, albeit a vibrant modern version of it. The Peloponnese is a vast museum of ever present antiquities that exist where they always did, but are now counterpointed by modern cities and excellent resorts on priceless beaches.

It has exactingly maintained roads for carefree driving, with a wonder around every corner. The riviera of Mani on the south coast beckons with its jet-set pace (especially around Kardamilli), as do seaside towns like Nafplio and Monemvasia with their youthful flair. There are islands nearby (Poros, Kithira) to hop to, even a ski centre at Helmos for winter vacationers. Something fabulous for every taste, all of it joyful and always fascinating.

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