The Principality of Achaia

In a place of Greek culture’s consistent presence from the glorious ancient times to the Byzantine Empire and the modern Greek State, who would have imagined that for more than two centuries a part of the peninsula had been ruled by Knights and Crusaders? The Principality of Achaia was established by French Knights in the north-western Peloponnese from 1205 to 1432 when it was abolished by the Despot of Morea, Thomas Paleologos.

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An impressive castle-town that dominates a huge rock, Monemvasia is a destination that you definitely need to include in your Peloponnese Tour plans. A magnificent settlement of Byzantine architecture, this marvel of the man and nature looks like a “stone vessel” – as per the verse in a poem of Yiannis Ritsos, that “travels you to the world”.

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Mani is one of the peninsulas of the Peloponnese and one of the most interesting areas that one should visit during a Peloponnese tour. The area is divided in two prefectures of Peloponnese: Messinia and Lakonia. Once one of the poorest areas of Greece, nowadays one of the best travel destinations that will introduce you to real Greece and charm you with its simple and minimal architecture.

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