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They say that a picture is a thousand words... Lets travel to Peloponnisos with pictures and some comments...

Monemvasia occupies a steep, rocky islet connected to the Laconian coast by a bridge. The settlement was founded in the 6th century A.D. by the inhabitants of Laconia. A second settlement was later founded on a lower level, and gradually developed into a town of significant strategic importance. After a short domination of the Popes, the area was captured by the Venetians in 1464. In 1540 it was occupied by the Turks and its decline became more evident. In 1690 it was given over to the Venetians and in 1715 was recaptured by the Turks. It was the first among the fortified towns of the Peloponnese to be liberated by the Greeks in 1821.

The 5th Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities has reconstructed the demolished parts of walls in the Upper Town and has restored the church and the wall paintings of Aghia Sophia. In the Lower Town, the sea wall has been rebuilt, the Moslem Mosque has been restored, the east and west bastion of the fortification wall have been consolidated, and many of the churches have been repaired and restored.

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Monemvasia

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The main street in the Castle of Monemvasia... full of life during the night hours...

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Monemvasia: enjoying a cup of coffee and the endless blue.

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A view of the Castle's walls. You can also see the rock where the ruins of the upper Castle are...

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View from the castle of Monemvasia

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MANI...is full of graphic villages.... This one is Cotronas

(In English) MANI, the last area of the mainland of Greece, which leads to Cape Tenaro was chosen to be inhabited from prehistoric times, and indisputably offered a lot to the civilization of Europe. Mani is beautiful all year and an ideal place to visit. Visitors will enjoy a great summer in a place with much blue water beaches. The beaches have fine sand, or snow white pebbles. It gives you the chance of diving, touring with sail boats in many other steep and remote beaches of unique beauty, (the cave of Adis in Tenaro). You can also enjoy many other water sports. The rest of the year, spring, summer autumn and winter offers the visitor unforgettable experiences and it is suitable for alternative tourism. The climate mild in the winter, cool in the summer, the uniqueness of the landscape, wonderful villages and paths in rochy land to attract visitors. The richness of rare herbs will satisfy the most exclusive of the senses, "the sense of smell". Towards the end of summer and beginning of fall the lucky visitors will have the chance to admire the new born turtles, Karetta-Karetta trying to find their way to the sea. In Mani you will see many historical sites, Byzantine monuments and traditional settlements. (98 of the 118 traditional settlements of Peloponnese are in Mani). Mani has put a stump on culture, architecture, and braveness in the history of the world. Mani, a region that everybody should visit.
 
INTERESTING PLACES: GYTHIO, MAVROVOUNI, SKOUTARI, KOKKALA, KATO VATHIA, AGIADAKI, LIMENI, PORTO KAGIO, AREOPOLI, GEROLIMENAS

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methoni castle

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areopoli

 
(italiano) MANI, che e il punto estremo della Grecia meridionale, va a finire al capo di Tenaro, stato scelto di essere abitato dai tempi proistorici e senza dobbio ha dato tanto alla civilta Europea. Mani e bella in tutte le stagioni dell'anno e vi aspetta di conoscerla e sicuramente rimarrete incantanti. I visitatori potrano godere un'estate favolosa sulle inumerevoli spiaggie. Spiaggie con della sabbia fine o con bianchissimi ciotolli. C'e l'opportunita di immersione, di pelel grinagio con dei batelli non solo in questa ma anche ad altre remote e scoscese spiaggie di unica bellezza. (La grotta di Adi a Tenaro). Inoltre potrete fare sport acquatici. Le altri stagioni dell'anno la primavera, l'autunno, e l'inverno offrono al visitatore momenti di forti emozioni e sono idonei per turismo alternativo. Il clima mite dell'inverno, il clima di freschezza dell'estate ma anche l'unicita del paesaggio, meravigliosi paesini e stradeline, attirano il visitatore. La richezza delle piante e dei cespuli, sia aromatiche che rare, della flora soddisfano anche la piu  eclettica delle sensazioni, quella del fiutto. Profumo che ricorderete per sempre. Alla fine dell'estate, e verso al inizio dell'autunno, i visitatori avranno la fortuna di ammirare le piccole tartarughe caretta-caretta che cercherano di trovare il loro camino verso il mare. A Mani vedrete moltissimi luoghi archeologici, monumenti bizantini e quartieri tradizionali (98 su 118 dei quartieri tradizionali in Peloponeso si trovano a Mani). Mani ha messo il suo stampo alla cultura, e alla architetura, nella storia di tutto il mondo. Mani e un luogo unico che tutti devono conoscere da vicino.
 
POSTI INTERESSANTI: GYTHIO, MAVROVOUNI, SKOUTARI, KOKKALA, KATO VATHIA, AGIADAKI, LIMENI, PORTO KAGIO, AREOPOLI, GEROLIMENAS

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Elafonissos is a very small island, just 19 square Km, on the Southern Eastern Tip of Peloponesse. The distance from the mainland is a mere 570 meters of crystal clear water on top of thin white sand.

Elafonissos appartiene alla regione da Laconia, alle 3,7 miglia nautiche est della quale si trova Neapoli, sede del comune di Vion che insieme con i paesi restanti all'estremità Malea, costituiscono Vatika. Alle 4,5 miglia nautiche dal capo di Fragos, al sud, si trova l'isola di Kythira (Cerigo).

La popolazione dell'isola è di alcune centinaia di abitanti all'inverno, i quali vengono quasi raddoppiati d'estate. In più, l'isola è polo di attrazione di migliaia di turisti con il culmine ai mesi di Luglio ed Agosto, ove i pernottamenti superano i 5.000 ed i transiti delle macchine arrivano e superano giornalmente i 1.600.

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TEMPLE OF APOLLON EPICURIUS AT VASSAE (near Kyparissia). This famous temple to the god of healing and the sun was built towards the middle of the 5th century B.C. in the lonely heights of the Arcadian mountains. The temple, which has the oldest Corinthian capital yet found, combines the Archaic style and the serenity of the Doric style with some daring architectural features.

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HOTEL EUROPA (Ancient Olympia, Greece)
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