Fall is a season of dramatic beauty in Greece, as nature seems to revive after the aridity of summer and everything gets luscious green. So, in case you are planning a late Fall escape to Greece, forget about the islands and choose the mainland instead. Peloponnese is a very popular holiday destination, especially its western part, and has many hidden ‘secrets of beauty’ known mostly to the locals. Long sandy beaches with glass clear waters from the Ionian Sea, river waterfalls and forests with fairytale-like scenery, soaring mountains and staggering landscapes await you.
Let’s start an amazing Fall road trip in Greece and explore the untouched beauty of the greek mainland in Western Peloponnese :
Voidokilia beach, Messinia
A unique-shaped beach that is definitely one of most beautiful beaches across the country. It consists of an almost perfectly round bay of fine sand in the shape of the Greek letter omega (Ω), surrounding crystal clear turquoise waters. The curve of Voidokilia seems to be hidden behind semicircular strips of sand dunes and lies beneath Paliokastro, an old Frankish castle and the cave of King Nestor, the ancient King of Pylos. Because of its archaeological interest the beach has remained untouched by civilization. A captivating spot of beauty that you will never forget.
Elea beach, Kyparissia
Approximately 10-12 km from the village of Kyparissia, you can find the beach of Elea. There, one can enjoy the cool crystal deep waters of the Ionian Sea, the golden sand of the seashore and the beauty of the pine forest that surrounds the area. This exquisite pine forest of Agiannaki is idyllic for long walks alongside the beach, biking and camping.
Neda Waterfalls, Kyparissia
One of the most mystical places in Peloponnese, Neda’s Waterfalls will charm even the most discerning travellers. Neda is the only river in Greece with a female name that belongs to a Nymph who nurtured Zeus. This river waterfall consists of two parts, has natural carved pools, clear cool waters and is located near the archaeological site of Figaleia, Bassae or Temple of Epicurious Apollo, which was considered to be the second Gate to Hades in Ancient Greece. A magnificent landmark, virgin nature and untamed by civilization.
Foloi Oak Forest, Ancient Olympia
The Foloi Oak Forest is located in the western part of the Peloponnese peninsula and is considered to be an ecosystem unique in the Balkan peninsula and covered by deciduous oaks that form a dense forest area. The mysterious beauty of the forest inspired the locals to believe that it was a habitat of Centaurs and fairies. A small miracle of nature, that is worth visiting as to enjoy lush greenery and stunning landscapes from the mountain.
Foneas beach, Messinia
Foneas beach is one of the most famous “unknown” beaches in Mani, close to Kardamyli. Driving down a small road, you will find yourself in a small paradise with turquoise waters, white pebbles and rocks providing natural shade. An extraordinary cliff, perfect for climbing and diving lies right in the middle of the beach.
Make a change and choose to explore the beauties and hidden treasures of the mainland of Greece. Wherever you choose, we hope to have the time of your life!