Hiking in the Peloponnese: Ruins of Ancient Sparta
Hiking trails in the Peloponnese
Central Greece, Greece
The Peloponnese peninsula in the south of Greece is very popular with nature lovers who enjoy individual hiking. The region is characterised by its wide mountain ranges, picturesque valley landscapes and typical Mediterranean vegetation; ideal conditions for extended hiking tours!
On the Peloponnese you can go on short, leisurely excursions as well as challenging hikes. Here you can find out which routes you shouldn't miss.
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Where can you go hiking in the Peloponnese?
Sparta, Corinth, Olympia – the places of the Greek peninsula Peloponnese have famous names. They inevitably bring to mind stories of ancient legends, proud warriors and rich culture. In terms of landscape, the Peloponnese is characterised by vast, fertile valleys, but also by wild mountains in the highlands of Arcadia.
As a hiking region, the Peloponnese is correspondingly varied: leisurely coastal hikes with a sea view are just as possible as challenging mountain hikes in the lonely mountains. Traditional mountain villages and small fishing communities offer beautiful photo motifs. And if you need a boost after hiking and visiting the many ancient sites, you can fill up on typical Greek dishes made with seasonal produce.
The European long-distance hiking trail E4 runs across the entire peninsula.
E4-Peloponnes, die ganze Länge mit Wegarten (siehe Höhenprofil) Eine genaue Wegbeschreibung und vieles mehr gibt es hier: www.e4-peloponnes.info
Marvel at the mountains and coast of the Peloponnese while hiking
In the Peloponnese you can get to know the mountains while enjoying picturesque views of the sea. This is possible on hikes such as the „Coastal Hike to the Chapel of Panagia Katakrimeni“. You hike along the path first to Karathona Bay and then climb steeply up to the chapel, which was built into the rock. The easy hike is 11.9 kilometres long and takes about 3.5 hours.
If you prefer a shorter hike, you should take a day trip to the beautiful, wild Mani peninsula. The hikes to Cape Tigani and Cape Tenaro (the southernmost point on the Greek mainland!) can be wonderfully combined and promise unique views of the Mediterranean. Each route is around 4 kilometres long and will take you a maximum of 1.5 hours. While hiking, you will be rewarded with a wide view of the sea – probably one of the most beautiful places on the Peloponnese.
Learn about the history and culture of Greece in Corinth
Corinth may not be the largest city on the Peloponnese peninsula, but it is historically the most important. If you want to discover the rich history and culture of the Peloponnese off the beaten track, you are in good hands. You should definitely pay a visit to the ancient sights on site.
The Temple of Apollo is particularly recommended. It was built in the 6th century BC and some fragments are still preserved. A detour to the Byzantine fortress of Acrocorinth is also worthwhile. The building is 574 metres high and has 3,000 metres of enclosing walls. If it rains, we recommend a visit to the city's archaeological museum. The institution focuses on ceramics, with its collection spanning the entire ancient world.
Of course, you can't miss the old town of Corinth. The city centre is surrounded by ancient thermal baths, houses and temples. Here you will also find many other interesting museums. So you are guaranteed not to get bored in the city.
The most beautiful and important sights in Corinth at a glance:
- The Temple of Apollo from the 6th century BC
- the Byzantine fortress of Acrocorinth
- the archaeological museum
- the old town
- the spectacular Corinth Canal