Divided into five regions and shaped by four large peninsulas, the Peloponnese is a land of great variety – which means no two destinations here offer the same holiday experience. In the eastern region of Argolis, you’ll find plenty of gorgeous coastal resorts, but it’s the history that dominates. Explore ancient Mycenaean sites, stroll along the Venetian seafront at Nafplio, and visit Argos, the oldest inhabited city in the world. In the region of Laconia, which spans two large peninsulas, you’ll find the city of Sparta and the atmospheric ruins of Mystras, a former stronghold of the Byzantine Empire. Two large mountain ranges and a rugged coastline have shaped the landscape here – exploring the secluded olive groves and hilltop villages is a must. For the best beaches the Peloponnese has to offer, head for the western region of Messenia. Here you’ll discover golden stretches of sand, sparkling turquoise waters and plenty of opportunities for scuba diving and water sports. In the Messenian city of Kalamata you can brush up on your dance skills, tour the excellent museums and - of course - sample the olives.