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Greece’s Peloponnese Prepares for a Dynamic 2021 Tourist Season

Catherine Tsounis
Catherine Tsounis
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“We are reaching the end of this pandemic. The Peloponnese Region, respecting all health protocols, welcomes visitors/tourists,” explained Kanella Karampela, Clinical Psychologist, MSC, Ph.D., Head of Department of Tourism in the Region of Peloponnese. “In an effort to restart tourism, we offer safe and at the same time truly enriching holidays.”
“All this time, our work has focused not only on highlighting the history and natural beauty of our region – which is well known and undeniable – but mainly on strengthening the people who make up the tourism family,” Dr. Karampela said. “Today, we are slowly returning to normalcy. The Peloponnese is really a destination of preference and not of necessity.” The people of the Peloponnese have old fashion values of hospitality and trying to help the stranger.
Hospitality, kindness, generosity, courtesy, and respect for seniors were my experiences with the Greek people. Learn the Greek culture, not by hanging out with tourists. The provincial cities of the Peloponnese are where a person sees the Greek soul.
Dr. Karambela emailed scenes of a major historical village: Karytaina, Arcadia, Peloponnese. It is located on a hill, on the right bank of the river Alpheios, near its confluence with the Lousios. The village dates to the Middle Ages. Karytaina became the seat of a barony under the Frankish Principality of Achaea. The Castle of Karytaina was built in the mid-13th century on a steep rocky outcrop by Baron Geoffrey of Briel. Karitaina had a complicated history of control by the Franks, Byzantines, Venetians, and Ottoman Turks. It prospered as an administrative and commercial center.
Karytaina rebelled during the 1821 Greek War of Independence. It formed one of the first strongholds of the rebellion under General Theodore Kolokotronis. 2021 Karitaina is a historical spot with a Frankish castle and several medieval and Ottoman monuments. Nearby sights include the Lousios Gorge that is known as the “Mount Athos of the Peloponnese” with monasteries in the mountain walls.1
“Thank you for coming with us on this beautiful journey,” said Dr. Karampela.  We promise that from our side we will do everything we can to highlight your “Best of you”.
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