For those planning a trip to Peloponesse, we’re happy to share a few places we fell in love with.
Monemvasia, lovely cute town located on a small island in the South-East of Peloponesse. The Castle town of Monemvasia is said to be one of the most impressive places in Greece, and we must confess that’s so true. The town was entirely carved on the back of a sea rock, back in the medieval times, to protect people from enemy’s attacks. Initially the only way to reach Monemvasia was by boat, however later on they’ve added a bridge connecting it to the mainland. While exploring the narrow streets has its charm, don’t miss the view from the top of the castle, it’s gorgeous.
Best time to visit: avoid going there in the summer, as this tiny town is invaded by people and this might steal its beauty. Instead plan a trip for September, definitely less people and you feel you’ve got everything for yourself.
The lazy cats of Monemvasia, loads of them, everywhere 🙂
One hour drive from Monemvasia and another 10minutes by ferry, you can find a piece of heaven, the Elafonisos island. Head to Simos beach and enjoy the soft sand and the clear blue water. A great place for snorkelling.
Not much to do in Sparta, but if it happens to be around, craving for traditional greek food, I’d suggest you go to En Hatipi. This family taverna is a lovely place, hidden on a small street far from the centre, offering delicious dishes.
One of the places not to be missed in Peloponesse is the Eumelia Organic Farm & Guesthouse. We discovered Eumelia by chance, while researching for a farm producing and selling olive oil, because hey, how could we leave Greece without at least a bottle of olive oil in your suitcase?
Eumelia is a serene, peaceful place, located in the middle of an ancient olive grove. It was a quiet day at Eumelia, but we we’re lucky enough to find Frangiskos, the owner of this beautiful place. He was kind enough to give us a tour of the place, telling us the story of the really old olive trees in the surroundings and how he opened the guesthouse. They’ve got 5 beautiful houses, each of them unique, Frangiskos and Marilena using a different theme for decorating. We’ve got no photos from the inside, but we can confirm they’re just lovely.
We’ve also been offered an olive oil tasting, and we couldn’t be happier about it. The olive oil was not only extremely tasty, but the packaging and branding of their extra virgin organic olive oil won the graphic design award ΕΒΓΕ 2017 in the category olive oil bottle. A bottle to keep in your kitchen forever and why not, use it as an decorative object?
Thank you Frangiskos for having us, looking forward to seeing you soon and staying in the Almond Tree house:)