Sun, sea, activities and plenty of history can all be found in the wonderful region of Ilia in Greece. Located on the north west of the Peloponnese in southern Greece, this region will give holidaymakers many happy memories to take home with them. Here visitors will find numerous different places to stay including self catering accommodation, villas, apartments, B&Bs and campsites.
This region of Greece incorporates amazing historical cities and towns as well as some beautiful coastline. There are many sandy beaches for holidaymakers to do a spot of sunbathing or a nice swim in the Ionian and Mediterranean Seas. There are many water sports and activities available along the coast here including windsurfing, water skiing, pedal boats, sailing, banana rides and ringos.
This part of Greece also offers sports along the rivers such as rafting, hydrospeed, canoeing and kayaking as well as walking treks, cycling and canyoning by the rivers. There are some fantastic hiking areas along the coast, through fields and forests, vineyards and olive groves with the Peloponnese providing climbing opportunities for energetic travellers. Many other sports can be tried here too such as tennis, basketball, beach volleyball and mini-golf.
Numerous shops and street markets can be found amongst the towns, villages and cities of Ilia, where self catering holidaymakers can purchase food and drink as well as souvenirs. Similarly visitors will find no shortage of bars, restaurants, tavernas and cafes located in the region especially in the main cities, with fresh seafood very popular along the coastal towns.
In the south of Ilia is Olympia, the birthplace of the Olympic Games and a site still featuring ancient temples, buildings and the Prytaneion, where the winners of the Games were honoured. Tourists can also visit museums here such as the Olympic Games Museum and the Archaeological Museum. Across the region visitors will find many castles, churches and Byzantine monasteries.
The hot springs of Kilini are well worth a visit with the hot waters apparently ideal for asthma, skin diseases and rheumatism. The rivers of Ilia are full of gorges and waterfalls, archaeological sites, watermills and stone bridges.. From the port of Kylinni holidaymakers can take trips to the islands of Zakynthos and Kefallonia.
Rainfall is minimal in this part of Greece during the summer with the hottest months of July and August seeing an average temperature of 30 degrees centigrade. There is an average 13 hours of sunshine per day in July. Even June and September see averages of 28 degrees centigrade. The winter is relatively mild compared to northern areas with average highs of 14 degrees centigrade and lows of six in January and February. December is generally the wettest month of the year.
Kalamata International Airport is approximately two hours from the capital of the Ilia region, which is Pyrgos. There are flights to Kalmata throughout the year from Athens, Thessaloniki, Tirane, Heraklion, London-Gatwick, Frankfurt and Hannover. During the summer season there are flights from Nuremberg, Amsterdam, Manchester and Munich. There are car rental companies located at the airport building.