Head for the beaches – those of Messinia are some of the very best in this country of fabulous beaches. With older kids, this is a great place to learn to sail or windsurf. Ogle the castle of Niokastro overlooking Navarino Bay, scene of the historic naval battle in 1827. North of Navarino Bay are excellent bays with sand dunes and lagoons.
Don’t miss Olympia, site of the Olympic Games in classical times, with impressive ruins including the original Olympic stadium, plus a great museum.
Admire early-19th-century Koroni with its Venetian castle, built in 1206 to survey the shipping lanes between the Adriatic and Crete.
Explore the archaeological site of Mycenae, once a major centre of Greek civilisation.
Marvel at Mystras, an abandoned Byzantine capital that’s now a UNESCO-listed World Heritage site for its breathtaking medieval ruins.
Visit the Theatre of Epidaurus, one of the world’s best-preserved ancient theatres, designed so that 15,000 spectators could hear the actors without the need for amplification.
Discover the cosmopolitan, atmospheric seaport of Nafplio, Greece’s first capital.
Go for a hike – the best spots are the mountains of Arcadia with their wildflowers, or the isolated Mani with its famous towerhouses dating from the Ottoman occupation.
In winter, ski on Mount Helmos.