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Peloponnese scenic drives

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Peloponnese scenic drives

Hello,

We're planning to spend around 8-9 days exploring Peloponnese by car. Could somebody advise if there're certain scenic drives we should consider for itinerary? We're very fond of mountains/cliffs/sea mix in the picture, being able to stop on our way, breathe some air, take photos. So far in our travels best ones i saw were Amalfi & Cilento drives in South of Italy, though Amalfi drive is way too crowded, and Grossglockner drive in Austria. Not that i'm looking for something similar, i'm actually looking for new impressions, just mentioned those as samples of something that looked stunningly beautiful to us.

Thanks a lot for any help here.

Alexander

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1. Re: Peloponnese scenic drives

I don't have my map just now, and can't give you the road numbers, but here are two great drives:

Drive along the coast of Argolida. Start in Palea Epidavros and drive south, towards Methana, Galatas, Ermioni, Kosta, then to Kranidi and to Nafplio via Iria. Read about places to see along the trip here

visitnafplio.com/visitnafplio.com/Epidavros/…

A mountain trip:

Nafplio - Agia Triada - Araxnaio - Sofiko - Xilomodi - Agionori - Prosymna - Iraio

See a little more here

visitnafplio.com/visitnafplio.com/Mykines/My…

Both these drives are amazing, bringing you through many different and beautiful landscapes. And with very few tourists :-)

For a longer drive, start in Nafplio, drive down the coast and up to Leonidio, to Kosmas, and explore the Arcadian villages and mountains, or drive down to and in Mani.

Edited: 08 August 2013, 09:08
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2. Re: Peloponnese scenic drives

Just to add to Malianna's useful suggestions there is the very scenic drive over the Talyetos mountains by the Langadha pass which connects Sparti and Kalamata.

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3. Re: Peloponnese scenic drives

Nafplio - Tyros - Leonidio - Elonas Monastery - Kosmas - Skala - Vlachiotis - Apidia - Agios Diimitrios - Kremasti - Poulithra - Leonidio and back to Nafplio. It would be about 6 hours actual driving time so could be stretched into a full day. A fantastic mix of coast, mountain and forest.

Kiparissi from either Molaoi or Monemvasia. The views of the Aegean coast when you reach the sea on the approach to Kiparissi are unsurpassed.

Elia - Archangelos and over the mountain to Monemvasia.

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Drive right around the Mani peninsula, which you can easily do in one day. Start from Gytheio or Areopoli and drive through the unique rugged landscape with villages of tower houses from which vicious blood feuds were conducted until not so long ago. You can stop at picturesque fishing villages such as Gerolimenas or tiny Porto Kagio for a great fish lunch. You can stop off to take a boat tour through the spectacular caves at Pyrgos Dirou. If you drive north from Areopoli towards Agios Nikolaos, Kardamyli and eventually Kalamata, you'll pass through pretty little villages, in a greener setting, with more tower houses and beautiful Byzantine churches. And some great views!

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5. Re: Peloponnese scenic drives

Thanks a lot, this is extremely helpful, i think it's even more than i could consume in one trip, si will have to do my homework over the weekend :--)

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6. Re: Peloponnese scenic drives

We will be traveling this area next September, do you have a map that you can recommend? I would love to purchase it now and have time to plan with it.Thanks

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7. Re: Peloponnese scenic drives

Hope this helps; these are recent maps which I have used and found helpful.

Magellan publish a 1:200.000 map of the Peloponnese, Orama have a 1:110.000 map of Argolis (thats Nafplio, Argos and many of the classical sites, and the Roads edition of Messinia area 140:000, Kalamata and much of south eastern Greece. The Rough Guide to Greece is a useful guide book for an overall view.

Obviously you have specialist map shops in the USA, but I can recommend the Map Shop, Upton on Severn, in the UK. Google them. They provide a very efficient postal service.

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8. Re: Peloponnese scenic drives

Monemvassia is a must place to visit and stay in. There is one fairly scenic route from Githeon. The middle finger of the Mani is also very spectacular as far as the incredible village of Vathia. The drive from Vathis over the hills to the east coast of the middle finger and back up to Kardimyli is also spectacular. It is also a nice drive from Kalamata to Pilos, Methoni (good for a one night stop) and Korini and back to Kalamata. Of course the drive from Kalamata to Sparti and Mistras is one of the best - watch out for tortoises on the road.

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BridgnorthSnaps, I forgot to thank you, I have the Orama maps ordered!

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