Skoutari, turquoise gem full of surprises…

Sunrise at Agia Varvara beach, Skoutari, Laconia, Peloponnese

The first thing we saw at Skoutari bay was a long and shallow beach with a tavern. Further along was an inviting turquoise sandy beach. And another one…  and another one…

Cape Malea, wild beauty or frightful abode?

The Aghia Eirini (Saint Irene) monastery at Cape Malea. Laconia, Peloponnese

Maleas means noise, clamor. It’s a cape that causes fear and terror to sailors and is considered amongst the most dangerous capes across the Mediterranean. Cape Maleas or Cavo Malias greatly inspired writers since the dawn of history and literature. Homer (Odyssey), Euripides (Cyclops, Helen, Orestes), Diodorus Siculus (Library), Titus Livius (The History of Rome), Herodotus,… Συνεχίστε να διαβάζετε το Cape Malea, wild beauty or frightful abode?

Elafonisos island, heavenly beaches at a pirates’ base

Simos beach (Fragos & Sarakiniko) at Elafonisos island. Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece

Elafonisos, meaning “the island of deers”, was an important hunting place in the ancient times. Small red deers used to live there.  The ancient traveler Pausanias, reported Elafonisos as a peninsula. He also noted there were many sanctuaries in the area devoted to the goddess of hunting, Artemis.