Discover Greece is hitting the road with its own digital travel show that gives you the stage to present Greece to the world. We’ll be sending our guest presenters around the country, broadcasting live across all our Social Media channels.
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The journey starts in the Peloponnese (Nafplio, Pylos, Kalamata, Methoni, Olympia, Monemvasia, Mani), bringing to life castles, beaches, wines, olives, cheeses, stories from the locals – and, of course lots of sun, sea and blue, blue sky.
It’s day one of our wanderings through the Peloponnese. The compass points towards Argolis prefecture and our journey starts there.
The first stop today is Epidaurus and, specifically, its ancient theatre. The weather is wonderful – no coat needed – and it’s the perfect day for a walk through the theatre’s forecourt and museum. As we approach the theatre, our emotions unfold one by one: wonder, admiration, delight, poignancy even. Our decision to arrive there early was a smart move as we scale the rows of seats and have the theatre all to ourselves. Visitors start to arrive after noon.
From there we depart for Greece’s first capital, the lovely port town of Nafplio. Sun-kissed and always romantic, we receive a warm welcome as we walk along its cobblestoned streets. A quick coffee at Syntagma Square and it’s time to start exploring. Bourtzi Castle, Palamidi Castle, the Old Clock Tower, the Museum of Worry Beads, a meal at a traditional taverna and the day ends with an ice-cream from a real Italian gelateria.
Ancient Epidaurus: So today’s the big day! We’re live on air with Wanderlust Greece. For the next 8 days, our digital travel show will be coming to you from around the mythical #Peloponnese with Travelstories From My World. Stay tuned, it’s going to be quite a ride.
Hello there! This is Maria from @travelstoriesfromyworld and for the next 8 days I will be travelling around the Peloponnese! Are you ready to follow me for some serious wanderlust? ➡️ First stop: the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus Wanna join our wanderlust roa-dtrip around the Peloponnese? Keep an ? on us by hitting the link in Bio? . . Γεια! Είμαι η Μαρία από το @travelstoriesfromyworld και από σήμερα και για τις επόμενες ημέρες θα ταξιδέψουμε παρέα στην Πελοπόννησο! Είστε έτοιμοι για ένα επικό roadtrip; ➡️ Πρώτη στάση: το Αρχαίο Θέατρο της Επιδαύρου. #WanderlustGR Συντονίσου στο wanderlust ταξίδι μας γύρω απο την Πελοπόννησο: Περισσότερες πληροφορίες στο Bio ?
Today’s second stop: the beautiful and romantic city of Nafplio. Greece’s first capital. Let’s just walk a bit, breath and enjoy the view! Wanna join our wanderlust roa-dtrip around the Peloponnese? Keep an ? on us by hitting the link in Bio? . . Η δεύτερη στάση μας για σήμερα είναι το ρομαντικό Ναύπλιο. Απογευματινή βολτίτσα, παγωτό από τον Ιταλό και χαλάρωση. Αυτή η πόλη είναι απλά υπέροχη. Συντονίσου στο wanderlust ταξίδι μας γύρω απο την Πελοπόννησο: Περισσότερες πληροφορίες στο Bio ? #WanderlustGR
Day two finds us on the road heading to Laconia prefecture and, more specifically, one of Greece’s most romantic destinations – Monemvasia.
Whether it is your first time in Monemvasia or not, the view of the imposing rock is always a breathtaking spectacle. We leave the car outside of the medieval castle town (vehicles are not permitted) and walk along the main cobblestoned road, the Byzantines’ Central Avenue. It doesn’t feel like October. All of the little shops to our left and right are open and buzzing with life. Visitors are enjoying a meal at the restaurants, the locals are having a laugh and a spirited chat, while cats appear out of nowhere at that exact moment when you are photographing a pretty spot and inadvertently pose for the camera.
Here, the secret is to do away with a map and simply first wander through the Upper Town then head down to the Lower town and the sprawling square. Shortly before our departure, we take a morning walk along the sea wall and drink in the iodine-rich air, admiring for just a little longer the fortress town that leaves a lasting impression on every visitor. Monemvasia, we will return. That’s for sure!
Monemvasia: Enter the causeway and sail to another time!
Day three of our trip and the landscape on our route starts to appear somewhat wild and sparse. We start to approach the coast of Mani, a land which we love a great deal. We spot Maniot tower houses here and there along our route, assuring us that we are approaching today’s destination.
Our first stop is the Diros Caves, one of the world’s most unique caves. Petros, who is skippering the boat taking us through the cave, makes jokes and offers up informative tidbits, making the trip an especially interesting one.
The next stop is Areopolis whose bright bougainvillea and attractive bars blend in harmoniously with the archetypal Maniot architecture. We will definitely return here this evening to sample a cocktail or two.
We head towards Limeni with its stone-built tower houses. Time to sit down and have something to eat and take lots of photographs. The sunset has us looking out to sea, hypnotised by the sun as it slowly descends towards the horizon.
Wanderlust Greece bade farewell to #Monemvasia. It was so hard to say goodbye but if we’re going to give the rest of Mani the attention it deserves, we had to move on. So before we did, we made time for one last seaside stroll to nowhere down this magical stone path.
Just arrived in Areopoli, Mani. I’m waiting for my Greek coffee and then I’m ready to show you around. Don’t forget to check our instagram stories for more! Maria . . Επόμενη στάση: Αρεόπολη στην υπέροχη Λακωνική Μάνη. Περιμένω το καφεδάκι μου και ετοιμάζομαι να σας δείξω περισσότερα! Μην ξεχνάτε να μπαίνετε στα Instagram stories για να βλέπετε πού ακριβώς βρισκόμαστε! Μαρία #wanderlustGR
It’s day four and we’re bursting with energy! We leave Laconia prefecture behind us and head towards Messinia. Our first stop is the little harbour in Kardamyli, while our second stop is Aquarella Bar, one of the most appealing cafes in the area, where we indulge in coffee with a view. We head up to Old Kardamyli to take photographs of the traditional tower houses. This is Messinian Mani after all! It’s time to get back in the car and head to Messinia’s capital Kalamata. On the way, we meet a lady named Efstathia, who caught our attention from afar as she was knitting the old-school way, with a distaff and spindle.
The cosmopolitan capital is visible from a distance. Our first stop is the Equestrian Club of Kalamata where we had a one-of-a-kind experience. We rode horses in the sea and along the length of the beach. The spectacle was truly magical. Nicholas, who heads the club, insisted we stay. He had prepared a big lunch spread for family and friends and wanted us to join him. We couldn’t refuse. After all, this is what Messinian hospitality is all about!
Kalamata has evolved significantly in recent years. We take a walk along Navarinou, the city’s coastal road though we know full well that, in Autumn, the place to be is Aristomenous Square, which is brimming with endless cafes and bars, along with the restaurants on 23rd March Square. The city is filled with people, particularly students who manage to keep it young and vibrant. As the sun starts to set, we’re ready to take on the capital’s nightlife scene.
What a buzz about the place… It was a change of scene for Wanderlust Greece today as we reached #Kalamata, on the gulf of Messinia. We’ll leave you with some out of the ordinary shots while we head for Saturday night shots, in this captivating city of the Peloponnese.
It’s day five and we’re marveling at the sunrise over the Gialova wetland, which is situated right next to Voidokilia, one of the country’s most stunning beaches. Today, the beach has been taken over by athletes participating in the #NavarinoChallenge, who are fortunate enough to be able to run across the sand and take in this enchanting scene.
We decide to take a stroll through the picturesque seaside town of Pylos before heading to Methoni Castle, where we take photographs with a view of the Bourtzi. It’s time to stop for a coffe break at Methoni’s little harbour then, in the evening, we drive up to the remote village of Vlachopoulo. There, together with the local Women’s Cooperative, we learn how to make local dishes such as lalaggia, lalaggides with grape must, and fried olives. We are in Messinia, after all, which is renowned for its extra virgin olive oil.
It’s official! Messinia stole our hearts and as we are packing our things for our next destination, I have to admit that a piece of my heart will be left right here. Maria ?@travelstoriesfromyworld . . Το παραδεχόμαστε! Η Μεσσηνία μας έκλεψε την καρδιά. Ήρθε η ώρα όμως να κλείσουμε και πάλι τις βαλίτσες μας και να αλλάξουμε νομό. Ομολογώ όμως πως ένα κομμάτι της καρδιάς μου θα μείνει ακριβώς εδώ κάπου μεταξύ Πύλου και Μεθώνης. Δίπλα στο νησάκι καρδιά απέναντι από το φάρο της Σαπιέντζας. Μαρία #WanderlustGR
It’s day six of our trip and time to take in a little more greenery. We head towards Neda River to take a dip. The trail that leads to a waterfall is delightful. We took a dip in the cool water and it proved rejuvenating.
Time is marching on though and Ilia prefecture awaits. Our next stop is Kaïafas Lake. The peace that radiates from the lake is exactly what we need to relax and wind down after an intense day. A little further along, we spot Kaïafas’ huge beach with its pine forest, abandoned railway station and train tracks which pass close to the sea. It’s a superb sight and the setting sun adds to the dreamy atmosphere.
Next stop, a hidden gem in Western Peloponnese: Neda river. Be brave enough to jump off one of its waterfalls or just take some time to sit under the trees and relax with your friends. . . Επόμενη στάση του roadtrip μας στην Πελοπόννησο, ο ποταμός Νέδα. Ένα από τα 2 μοναδικά ποτάμια στην Ελλάδα, γένους θηλυκού. #WanderlustGR
Day seven finds us on the road to Ancient Olympia. Here, somewhere between the Temple of Hera and the Philippeion, we chill out as we watch people rush past us and brown leaves drop languidly from the trees.
Back in the car and we’re on our way to Arcadia, the centre of the Peloponnese. The landscape changes completely and, finally, we feel as if Autumn has arrived. Trees dressed in bright yellow leaves welcome us and we stop for a while to take some photos.
The road leads us to the charming town of Dimitsana, where we linger over coffee at one of the cafes, sample local dishes and pay a visit to the Open Air Water-Power Museum. Dimitsana is well known for its flowing waters.
Day eight of our road trip is dedicated to Arcadia’s small towns.
We start our village-hopping in quaint Karytaina with its castle at the peak of a hill. We head towards Stemnitsa for our first coffee of the day and continue on to peaceful Zatouna.
It's our 8th day on the road and today we are ready for… village hopping! This is the beautiful village of Karytaina situated in the central Peloponnese on a hill close to the river of Alpheios. Stay tuned and watch our Instagram stories 'cause today we will be visiting 4 more villages! Can't wait ??? . . Όγδοη ημέρα του ταξιδιού μας στην Πελοπόννησο και σήμερα αποφασίσαμε πως θα κάνουμε… village hopping στα χωριουδάκια της Αρκαδίας! Το πρώτο χωριουδάκι για σήμερα είναι η όμορφη Καρύταινα! Μείνετε συντονισμένοι και δείτε τα Instagram stories μας γιατί έρχονται αλλά 4 Αρκαδικά χωριά! #WanderlustGR #villagehopping
Day nine on the road and today our explorations start in Vytina! It may be a weekday but the town’s little streets are bustling with life and aromas from the tavernas are tickling our nostrils. One of the highlights of the area is Othon’s park or forest, which is situated just a few kilometres from the small town. It’s a peaceful little oasis with tall trees.
Shortly before our departure, we take the Road of Love and head towards Stymphalia Lake and the Environment Museum of Stymphalia. As the lakebed was completely dry, we were able to walk across it and take some fantastic photos.
The day ends in the best possible way. Just outside of Nemea, we sample exquisite wines at Semeli winery and wander through seemingly infinite vineyards.
Hidden gems that only the locals can reveal to the traveler. This is the "Dasaki of Vytina", the small forest of Vytina, just few kilometres away from the village. Once you arrive take some time to wander around. Close your eyes, breath in, listen to the sounds of the nature. Unlock your senses. . . Κάποια μέρη δε θα τα βρεις στους ταξιδιωτικούς οδηγούς γι'αυτό όταν ταξιδεύεις να πιάνεις πάντα κουβέντα στους ντόπιους. Εμείς κάπως έτσι μάθαμε για το δασάκι της Βυτίνας ή αλλιώς το " δασάκι του Όθωνα". #WanderlustGR
On day 10, our final day, we board a little train that departs from Diakofto village and reaches the town of Kalavryta, where we take a stroll. For some reason, the town’s cobblestoned streets bring to mind a wintery scene and we cannot wait for the weather to finally cool down.
All aboard! The train leaves the station of Kalavryta in 5 minutes! Next stop… home. Ten days on the road and it's time to say our goodbyes! Ten days of beautiful villages, clear blue skies, Autumn colours. Ten days of pure #WanderlustGR. I hope you enjoyed this roadtrip as much as I did. Which place did you like the most? Write your comments below! Have a great weekend and see you somewhere around in #Greece! Bye bye! I have to go! The train is about to leave the platform! Maria @Travelstoriesfromyworld . . Παρακαλούνται οι επιβάτες να επιβιβαστούν άμεσα! Το τρένο φεύγει σε ένα λεπτό! Τελικός σταθμός… σπίτι! Μετά από 10 ημέρες περιπλάνησης στην Πελοπόννησο ήρθε η ώρα να επιστρέψουμε! Ελπίζω να απολαύσατε το ταξίδι μας αυτό όσο το απόλαυσα και εγώ. Αλήθεια, ποιο μέρος σας άρεσε περισσότερο; Κάπου εδώ πρέπει να σας αποχαιρετήσω γιατί είναι η ώρα της επιστροφής. Τα λέμε σύντομα! Μαρία @travelstoriesfromyworld #WanderlustGR
Maria Kofou is a full-time travel blogger and solo traveller. Her blog tstories.gr is full of suggestions for alternative and low budget travel destinations, tips and useful information for travelling in and outside Europe. Maria studied journalism in Panteion University in Athens and lived in Spain for a year on a European Exchange Programma Erasmus Mundus before continuing with postgraduate studies in Digital Media and Communication in Milan, Italy, where she started working as a Digital PR and Account Manager. She moved back to her hometown, Athens, four years ago – but you’ll be lucky if you find her there as she’s always travelling… like a real "wanderluster".