Located on the giant peninsula of the Peloponnese, Ancient Messene is possibly the most underrated archeological site in the whole of Greece. This ancient city was, unlike most others, untouched by the later settlements and thus has preserved outstandingly; perhaps the best-preserved from antiquity. The excavation of this site has been relatively recent compared to Epidaurus or Delphi and therefore it is still a bit off-the-radar. That being said, the archeological site of Ancient Messene is inarguably one of the most impressive given its sheer size. The site has been steadily uncovered for the last 100 years but only a third of its total size has been excavated so far!
After spending some time during Athens tours exploring city monuments, museums, street art, and nightlife, you may be ready to experience a different type of Greek scenery. Luckily, you don’t have to travel too far to get to Nafplio, a seaport town in the Peloponnese. Ruled by Frankish, Venetian, and Turkish conquerors, Nafplio offers a diverse landscape of medieval castles, fortified islets, and beaches for your next weekend getaway.