But the distinguishing characteristic of the Peloponnese region of southern Greece is a more rugged beauty, defined by its thick groves of olive trees—the largest and most precious of which are the Kalamata groves that can also be identified from the number of other types of olive trees also grown in the region by their silvery green leaves.
|Kalamata olives are the precious crop of the area.|
Many of the visitors to this region come to visit family; though generations of people left the area after World War II, they remain in close contact with those who stayed behind as well as in close contact with their fellow villagers living near them here at home in North America. So what truly makes the trip to the Peloponnese region most special is that it’s not overrun with tourists, offering a true and non-contrived Greek experience.
The largest city in the region named after these treasured trees, Kalamata is easily accessible from Athens or has a decent sized airport of its own as well. There, you will also find the spectacular Westin Resort Costa Navarino, which happens to be managed by the daughter of our newly made friends operating the Ardamis villas in Monemvasia—a place we have added to our list of not-to-miss treasures for anyone visiting this region, and an easy drive from Kalamata, Sparta, or other cities of the Peloponnese. It proves that you can truly stay in the Peloponnese region and not miss a thing you would hope to experience in Greece— the sea, the beaches and the islands here are all picture postcard worthy.
|And the man with the vision, Vasillios Ardamis|
|The view from our room|