WHEN TO GO
The region is very hot in July. Visit in early summer or late spring for cooler weather.
HOW TO GET THERE
The nearest airport is Athens. Driving time to Corinth, on the edge of the Peloponnese, is a little less than two hours.
The Peloponnese bus network covers the major tourist sites. For short rides, buy tickets on board; otherwise purchase them in the town's bus station. But you'll have more flexibility if you hire a car, which you can do in Athens or in one of the region's larger towns, such as Sparta or Kalamata. Note that many roads are narrow and mountainous, so some trips can take longer than you'd expect.
The Peloponnese is still a fairly conservative area, so save your skimpy bikini for the beach. Many churches have signs at the entrance asking visitors to dress modestly: Bring a cardigan or sweater to cover bare shoulders, and leave your Daisy Dukes at home.
The Web site of the Greek National Tourist Organization (EOT) is www.gnto.gr (click on the U.K. flag at the top right for the English-language version). In the Peloponnese, the EOT has the following offices: Patras (26 Filopimenos, tel. 2610 620353/621891) and Kalamata (6 Aristomenous & Polyviou, 1st floor, tel. 27210 86868).View Greece Factsheet