Parts of southern Greece remain surprisingly unexplored, including some areas of the Peloponnese. Steeped in mythology – here Paris of Troy fled with Helen and Hercules slayed the Nemean Lion – the region is also hard to beat for superb scenery and deserted beaches, as well as an incredible array of ancient temples, palaces and fortresses. Hikers will love the landscape of rugged peaks and winding gorges that historically deterred invaders; but for a more laid-back approach, set out along the Nemean wine route, which starts in the attractive seaside town of Nafplio, and continues through vineyards scattered in the hills of Corinth. After all that activity, check into the serene Amanzoe hotel with its herbscented gardens and magnificent spa. Where to stay: Amanzoe (www.aman.com).
a temple at corinth