Peloponnese tops @ The European destinations you need to see in 2016 by lonelyplanet.com

1. The Peloponnese, Greece

Travellers to Greece tend to flock to the myriad islands or marvel at the iconic Acropolis, but one of the country’s most diverse, vibrant regions is often forgotten: the Peloponnese. It remains an affordable enclave of magnificent ancient sights like Olympia, Mycenae and Mystras, which are scattered across a rich landscape of stone villages, teal seas and snow-capped mountains.
2016 brings the chance to hike the Peloponnese’s new Menalon trail or take a tipple in the Nemean wine region, with its vintages gaining prominence around the globe. You can dive shipwrecks off the Navarino coast or visit the wild and remote Mani, home to ancient stone towers converted into boutique luxury lodgings. Beautiful Nafplio blends contemporary art with atmospheric architecture and classic town squares, ideal for a long, lazy lunch.
Now more than ever the Peloponnese is the perfect destination for absorbing traditional Greek life, compelling history and inspiring landscapes.

Download your free PDF guide to the Peloponnese to find out for yourself.

Soak up Nafplio’s past and present

Soak up Nafplio’s past and present

Shipwreck dive in the Bay of Navarino

Shipwreck dive in the Bay of Navarino

Get dramatic at the Theatre of Epidavros

Get dramatic at the Theatre of Epidavros

Go birdwatching at the Gialova Lagoon

Go birdwatching at the Gialova Lagoon

Ride the vintage Diakofto–Kalavryta Railway

Ride the vintage Diakofto–Kalavryta Railway

Party at the Patras Carnival

Party at the Patras Carnival

Clamber around the rock castle of Monemvasia

Clamber around the rock castle of Monemvasia

Immerse yourself in olives

Immerse yourself in olives

Cross the Corinth Canal to the Nemea wine region

Cross the Corinth Canal to the Nemea wine region

Ruin-hop from Ancient Greece to Byzantium

Ruin-hop from Ancient Greece to Byzantium

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