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The Medieval ruins of Mystra near Sparti
Kalavrita - Mega Spilio
The fortress houses of Mani
Castle- Messini
The harbour of Kalamata
Lion Gate - Mycenae
Patra - The grand church of Saint Andrew
The heart and soul of Greece offers the very best in sporting facilities in the country. Its mountainous scenery is a constant challenge to the senses, a paradise for winter sports. The two modern skiing centers placed, at Kalavrita, on the mythical mountain of Helmos and at Mt. Menalon in Arcadia, offer all the necessary amenities and a special environment, which stimulates all the senses. The rivers, running streams, deep gorges, Frankish forts, Byzantine churches, monasteries, and ancient cities of Peloponnesian landscape are also as the setting of numerous trekking trails. Perfectly fashioned is the trekking route at the Lousios gorge in Arcadia, passing nearby picturesque villages, over an old Frankish bridge and the ruins of the ancient city of Gortys. If spa towns meet your like then Loutraki is the best place for you to be. Situated in the entrance of the Peloponnese, protected by the Gulf of Corinth, Loutraki offers the best setting for water sports. It is also home of an excellent water entertainment park and a fine Casino, both very popular for weekend excursions from Athens. The extensive Cave of Diros near Sparta, famous for their stalagmite and stalactite, will thrill speleology fans. Much of the tour takes place in boats as the cave contains a sizable underground lake.

Traditional Greek recipes in their Peloponnesian version make good use of the olive oil, lemon juice and other natural ingredients, which are in abundance in this region. For example, in the Peloponnese a refreshing Greek salad will be extra oily and will have extra oregano seasoning, while roasted, grilled or oven meat and fish, will normally acquire the beneficial touch of fresh lemon taste. The vines, which are cultivated in a variety of climates and terrains throughout the Peloponnese, turn out some of Greeces finest wines. Most renown wine producing areas are Achaia, Arcadia and the region of Nemea in Corinthia, which also produces the famous sultana raisins. For shopping jewellery and antiques the best quality and variety can be found in the cosmopolitan towns of Nafplion, Monemvasia and Gythion. In many towns and villages, on the mountains of the interior, youll come across several fascinating shops of handcrafts and everyday life items, which were on use on the Greek countryside just a couple of the decades ago. These shops sell traditional farming tools, pots, lamps, guns, small items or furniture, church ornaments, old stamps and coins, all legally exported.

Cities all around the Pelloponese organize cultural activities throughout the summer attracting many Greek visitors as well as foreign tourist. In May 29th starts the "Paleologiko" Festival at Mistras, which is combined with a requiem mass in memory of Constantine Paleologos, the last of the Byzantine emperors. The Epidaurus Festival is one the oldest and probably the best institution in Greece promoting ancient Greek theatre. The plays are presented at the much renown for its setting and its acoustic, ancient theatre of Epidaurus. Patras is famous for its annual carnival (Jan.- Feb.), which lends a particular folk atmosphere to the city and attracts enthusiasts from every part of the world, as it is the worlds biggest non-commercial celebration. The international Patras Arts Festival takes place from July to September on an annual theme featuring music from classical to jazz, art exhibitions, theatre and other events. During July at the district of Messinia several cultural events take place. The most prominent are the events of "Vlahernia" festival at the town of Filiatra, which features dances groups and theatrical plays. At the capital Kalamata is organized an annual documentary film festival and a traditional folk festival, which is held in the towns medieval castle. Finally in mid-August, at the resort of Gythion, in the district of Laconia is held a festival, which includes ancient drama.