The Peloponnese is a large peninsula covering 21,500 square kilometres in southern Greece, separated from the mainland by the man-made Corinth Canal, constructed in 1893. There are two land connections with the mainland: a natural one at the Isthmus of Corinth, and the Rio-Antirio Bridge.
A map of the Peloponnese will show a peninsula shaped like a hand, whose outstretched fingers make up a heavily indented coastline. The interior is dominated by the Taygetos mountain range that stretches like a spine from north to south. At some points it rises precipitously from the sea and reaches a height of almost 2,400 metres. The north appears green and lush – certainly in comparison to the craggier, harsher and altogether more dramatic scenery to the south, which reaches an extreme with the arid landscape of the Deep Mani, as bare as the moon.
At Sunvil, we choose to concentrate on those areas that are most removed from the typical tourist enclaves and offer the best chance to experience “the real Greece”, so you will see from a Peloponnese map that our chosen destinations are on the bay in the north-east (Nafplion and Tolon) and in the less-visited south and south-west (Pylos, Finikounda, Chrani, Kardamili, Stoupa, Agios Nikolaos and Geroliminas). In the even less visited easternmost peninsula, Monemvasia is also included.
Off the coast to the north-west of the peninsula lie the Ionian islands, including our chosen destinations of Zakynthos and Kefalonia, and to the east the Saronic chain, including Hydra and Spetses which can be visited for the day by organised boat trip from Tolon.
Flights from Gatwick and Manchester fly direct to the Peloponnese, landing at Kalamata airport.