In 2016, Lonely Planet voted the Peloponnese the top spot of their Best in Europe list.
The Peloponnese is the stuff of legends, fictional as well as real life ones. Home to Europe’s first major civilization (Mycenaean), it is where Hercules fought the Nemean lion and gods walked the earth; it’s from here that Paris of Troy eloped with Helen, where the Olympic Games were born and where the Greek War of Independence began in 1821. It is a place of myth and history.
Mount Taygetus, Spartans’ holy mountain, is the twelfth highest mountain in Greece, peaking at 2,407 metres.
There are about 132mn olive trees growing in Greece. They produce an average of 350,000 tons of olive oil per year, of which 82% is extra-virgin and of which 65% comes from the Peloponnese.