Pick holidays to the Peloponnese for powdery beaches and sports on the shore, plus historical sites as you work your way inland.
The Peloponnese is a vast region down in southern mainland Greece
, which reaches its fingers out into the Mediterranean Sea. Its towns are the perfect place to 'go Greek' – whether you sample the famous olives at the lively Kalamata farmers' market or just soak up the authentic feel of the old harbour town of Pylos.
Sports and spectating
Windsurf above the waves or explore what's underneath them on a scuba diving tour in Kalamata
. On dry land, try for a birdie on Costa Navarino
's sea-view courses, or try to spot a real birdie in the Gialova Lagoon nature reserve – bonus points if it's a pink flamingo.
A beach for each day
Relax on the sand of Voidokilia Beach – a favourite with locals. Peroulia's crystal-clear shallows are perfect for paddling, and there are plenty of sunloungers, too. Divari's a more secluded cove, so prepare to share the shore with some wildlife.
Legend and myth galore
Ancient sites are everywhere you turn in the Peloponnesian countryside. Make Olympia your go-to for a slice of serious sporting history – athletes competed here for over a millennium. Next up, Nestor's Palace and the ruins of the city of Messini should help to satisfy your cultural appetite.