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Rich in history and steeped in mythology, the Peloponnese is a large peninsula in southern Greece, forming the part of the country south of the Gulf of Corinth. Named for the founder of the Olympic Games, King Pelops, the peninsula reaches out its rocky, beach-fringed fingers into the azure waters of the Aegean Sea and is home to beautiful countryside dominated by olive groves and carob trees. The Peloponnese has long been a favoured weekend and holiday destination for Athenians due to its proximity to Greece’s capital, its mild climate and peaceful scenery.
The scenic town of Porto Heli is situated on the east coast of the Peloponnese and across from the cosmopolitan islands of Hydra and Spetses. Surrounded by a glittering blue sea, this area is the birthplace of legends and civilisation, blessed by a history that embraces the Spartans and Romans, the Byzantines and Venetians, all drawn here over the millennia because of the region’s beauty, wealth and strategic location. Porto Heli itself is a district of the Municipality of Ermionida which includes the districts of Ermioni, Kranidi and Kilada. The entire area is often collectively referred to as Porto Heli.view directions