The Peloponnese is probably one of the best areas in Greece to discover, as it has it all! Mountains, rivers, sea, archaeological sites, castles… You name it! We decided to give you an inside look into this region but not by focusing on the classical tours and experiences that everyone goes on. But by giving you alternatives that will definitely become the highlight of your trip!
Become a beekeeper in Nafplio
Wear the beekeeper’s costume and visit the bees in their natural environment. Get in the beekeeper’s workshop; learn the secrets of beekeeping and taste local honeys and Greek sweets based on honey! You will chat about the life cycle of bees, including the different roles of the bees in the hive and swarming as well as what is a typical day in a life of a beekeeper. Furthermore, learn about what we can do as humans to have a positive effect on bees and other pollinating insects. Of course, when you get hands on look inside an active beehive with your own eyes, all of the information will make sense and you will officially become a beekeeper! This is a fun experience for families and friends, who want to try something different, learn something new and have a sweet tooth!
Hiking in Kardamili
You will trek on a small route of outer Mani where every stone has its own history and tradition. Here, the magnificence of the mountainous nature is harmoniously combined with the allure of the sea, as the gigantic Mount Taygetos seems to be so close to the embrace of the Mediterranean Sea. Along the way you will discover all the elements and images that make up the scenery of Mani, narrate its past and lifestyle of Mani’s inhabitants throughout time. This hike is suggested for all those who love to get “lost” in nature while learning about the traditions of the region and while taking a bunch of photographs.
Cycling tour in Monemvasia
Experience a cycling tour in Monemvasia accompanied by a local guide and discover hidden treasures of Laconia. While on your bike, you will have the opportunity to admire the majestic mountains, sandy beaches, olive groves, historical sites, the abundant wildlife as well as Laconia’s pristine scenery. The cycling experts who will accompany you, will have offered you all the necessary equipment, such as the proper type of bike depending on the selected route, helmets etc. For more experienced cyclers and for those who want to step it up a notch there’re are more demanding bike paths that for sure will pump up your adrenaline.
Rafting in Arcadia
Just a two hour drive from Nafplio, you will go thorough the mountains of Arcadia where you will find one of the most beautiful rivers in Greece, River Lousios, ideal for rafting throughout the year. On your 2-hour trip on your inflatable boat, you will encounter lush vegetation, small waterfalls, arched bridges, canyons and birds to name a few. After your amazing rafting tour and once you arrive at the end point of the route, you will enjoy a one-hour hike through dense vegetation that ends up at a scenic waterfall. This experience is ideal for groups of friends looking to spend time in nature together, bond and just have loads of laughs!
Scuba diving at Navarino Bay
Experience the wonders of the Messinian Sea that gave life to so many mythical Gods. You will visit Gialova, a beautiful seaside tow and take a PADI scuba diving course for you to feel the absolute freedom under the surface of the sea. Get ready to enter another world and discover its secrets and beauty. Practice your diving skills and let your PADI instructor guide you to the deep blue for an unforgettable experience!
George Koletsos is Co-Founder of Kudos Life Experiences. Kudos Life Experiences is a custom-designed private travel specialist to Greece, for the discerning and sophisticated traveler who is seeking to return to the authentic form of personal discovery and explore really life-enriching travel experiences.