Traditional houses in Peloponnesos, Greece

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The Laconian Mani exhibiting the traditional architectural style

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Peloponnesos is a region in southern Greece. It is known for its rich history, its vast fields of olive trees and their unique oil, and its stunning natural beauty.

One of the most iconic features of this region is the traditional houses, which are often stone-built and have a distinct architectural style. Especially in the Mani region, in the south of the Peloponnese, these houses are a beloved part of the local culture, and many have been beautifully renovated and adapted for modern living.

Traditionally, these houses were built using locally sourced materials like stone, clay, and wood. They often had thick walls to keep the interior cool during the hot summers. On the other hand, many featured large courtyards or gardens where one could cool off during the summer months. The roofs were typically made of clay tiles, which are still common in the region today.

Over the years, these houses have undergone a number of renovations and adaptations to meet the changing needs of the people. Many have been modernized with updated electrical and plumbing systems, while others have been converted into vacation rentals. Despite these changes, many of these houses have managed to preserve their traditional character and charm.

In addition to their historical and cultural value, these houses offer several practical benefits. They are often built using natural materials which are durable and low-maintenance. They are also energy-efficient, thanks to their thick walls and strategic design.

The building traditions of Peloponnesos can be compared to those of northern areas of Greece, for example, with those of the Epirot villages. Check our article on the Mastorohoria stone-built houses here.

Whether you’re looking for a vacation home or a permanent residence, a traditional house in Peloponnesos will offer you a great time and the opportunity to immerse yourself in Greek culture truly.

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