When summer comes and the masses flock to Greece, the vast majority of travelers head for the islands. With the lion’s share of North American visitors, beautiful places like Santorini, Mykonos and Crete fill with sun-seekers packing the beaches and warm waters of the Aegean Sea.

But Greeks know that the best food and drink — and some of this country’s most stunning scenery — can be found on the Peloponnese peninsula. A vast, mountainous area southwest of Athens, the Peloponnese is home to historic cities, including Sparta, Ancient Olympia and Corinth. Here are some of the Peloponnese’s best spots.

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