The Peloponnese – A Property Hotspot

The Peloponnese has recently become a popular hotspot for purchasing property abroad. Although prices are increasing here the property prices are still reasonable in the Messini, Mani and Kalamata areas to the south of the peninsular. Foreigners are snapping up property for sales at bargain prices. There are still plenty of old stones houses for sale, full of charm and character in traditional Greek villages to choose from. The Peloponnese is an ideal place to relax and experience the rapidly disappearing rural village life in Greece.

One of the major advantages of the Peloponnese is that it is easily accessible all year round from Athens. With the new motorway the journey only takes three-and-a-half hours. Athens, the capital of Greece is home to over a third of the country’s population and has plenty of culture with museums, concerts, shops, restaurants and nightlife. Many rich Athenians choose Messinia as the location to purchase second homes where they can relax and enjoy the slower pace of village life.

Kalamata has its own airport which is open from May to October. The city of Kalamata with all the usual facilities nestles at the head of the Messini Bay in between the Messini and Mani peninsulas, thus making it an ideal area to purchase a holiday home. Living on the mainland means that there are many interesting sights to see and lots of islands close by for you to explore. You will never run out of places to visit.

The Peloponnese is a broad hand shaped peninsular which gives rise to centuries of human achievement amidst diverse natural beauty. It contains the majority of Greece’s best archaeological sites including Olympia, Mycenae, Ancient Messini, Corinth, Mystra and Epidavros. It also offers some of the most stunning landscapes, from the barren crags of the Mani and softer contours of Messinia to the forested peaks and flower-blanketed pastures of Arcadia. There are an abundance of dramatic mountains with fertile plains between them where Mediterranean vegetation, olives, vines, cereals, and fruit trees grow.

The Messinia region boasts some of the best and cleanest beaches in the whole of Greece. There is little development and they are completely natural and unspoilt. Even in the height of the summer holiday season there are no more than a handful of people to be seen on them. It is an ideal place to relax and go for walks. Wander off the beaten track into the old hill towns and discover the true beauty of the region.

A world apart from the islands, the beautiful and sparsely populated Peloponnese is a bastion of disappearing Greek village life. The rural villages in this area are beautifully authentic, traditional and spread out. The local villagers are friendly and welcoming, often plying new home owners with gifts of wine and oranges.

Messinia is the place where dreams come true. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that even through property prices are rising steadily, the Kalamata area is proving to be a favourite with foreigner’s who are purchasing property for sales at reasonable prices. The numbers of foreigners purchasing holiday homes here increases each year.