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Greek wellness philosophy


Spending time in the Peloponnese, southern Greece, is good for your health. Rachel Howard, who has been exploring the country since she was six, explains why.

Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, believed that nature is the greatest healer. Herbs and plants were the basis of his holistic remedies, and he prescribed diet, exercise, and massage for specific ailments. This healthy attitude comes naturally in Messenia, the lush heartland of the Peloponnese. With spas inspired by ancient sanctuaries, medieval castles poised above wildly photogenic beaches, and shimmering olive groves laden with Homer’s ‘liquid gold’, this is the peaceful soul of Greece.

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