Sitting in the south of Greece, this large peninsula is home to some of the most beautiful Greek holiday destinations. Emitting a calm and tranquil atmosphere, the fresh scents of olive and orange groves fill the air during Peloponnese holidays, creating an otherworldly vibe. For unforgettable getaways that appeal to all senses, look no further than the captivating Peloponnese.
As this area is quite large, you’ll be spoilt for choice with all the accommodation options. Start in the first capital of modern Greece, Nafplio, for one of the nation’s most romantic towns complete with Venetian houses and a fortress, and a picturesque port. Home to quite possibly the most famous olives in the world, Kalamata is the second largest city and perfect for shoppers and historians. You can find several 5-star hotels in picture-perfect Pylos to the southwest, and plenty of hotels in bustling Patras, perfect for taking a ferry to Italy or nearby Zante and Corfu, a necessity on holidays to Peloponnese.
For incredible natural beauty that will literally take your breath away, head to the area of Messini in the south, especially to Costa Navarino and Methoni. In either you can take leisurely walks on holidays in the Peloponnese along the historic towns, or pull up a sun lounger on the shore and top up that all-important tan.
Head off the beaten path to the lush hills of Arcadia where you can find the town of Dimistana, or the spectacular beach of Elafonissos, one of the most photographed beaches in Greece. The towns on the west coast of the Peloponnese, like Kyparissia, are home to the best beaches in the area and not to be missed.
For laid-back holidays to Peloponnese, make a beeline to the Messenian Gulf to either Koroni on the west side or Stoupa and Arepoli on the east side; all three are a short drive to Kalamata if need a bit of hustle and bustle on your Greek getaways.
The Peloponnese is home to some of Greece’s most ancient cities, and with these cities comes a wealth of fascinating history and culture to discover. Children will love a trip to Sparta, complete with its famous ruins and mythical prowess. Head to the Theatre of Ancient Sparta and take in the breath taking views of Mount Taygetus, or head to Olympia and revel in the history that comes with hosting the Ancient Olympic Games.
Whether you want to spend your break absorbing the Peloponnese’s rich history, exploring its sublime beaches or delving into the depths of long forgotten caves, there’s something for every family. Spend a day at Voidokilia Beach and simply relax on its exquisite shorelines, or take a boat trip to the Diros Caves and delight in the wonders that await you. With 5000 metres of subterranean caves to explore, a day trip here will leave every member of the family with memories to treasure for a lifetime.
Although the extent of the Peloponnese’s beauty should be witnessed under the glorious Greek sun, the evenings can be just as joyous for families as the daytimes. Enjoy a traditional Greek show in an ancient Greek theatre or enjoy some traditional cuisine in a quaint taverna. Locally grown produce and freshly caught seafood are frequent occupiers of the mouth-watering menus on offer, providing the perfect excuse to indulge in some exotic foods.
For a hotel that's perfect for families who want to explore one of the Peloponnese's most picturesque resorts, look no further than the Ilion Hotel & Suites in Nafplio. The hotel itself is more than 300 years old and provides guests with a true insight into 18th century Greece. With the exciting historical sites of Palamidi Castle and the resort's Old Town to discover, the Ilion Hotel & Suites provides a welcoming base for a fantastic break in Nafplio.
Experiencing the splendour of the Peloponnese with that special someone provides the foundations for a truly mesmerising holiday. With an abundance of intricate architecture to discover, providing true insight into the life of Ancient Greece, you and your partner can embark upon a once in a lifetime holiday to together. Visit the medieval ruins of Mystras, found three miles from Sparta, which consists of age-old Byzantine churches, palaces and walls.
The Peloponnese is not only decorated in spectacular ruins and ancient sites, it is also home to a number of vineyards, making it the perfect place to indulge in a spot of wine tasting. Discover the expanse of luscious scenery by renting a car and driving across the spectacular landscapes, or head to the rolling hills and mountains and make the most of the many walking and hiking trails. For some relaxation to simply make the most of each other’s company in a beautiful setting, head to the glorious coastlines and spend your days soaking up the Greek sun.
The Peloponnese is bursting at the seams with first-class restaurants, overlooking the sparkling waters of the Ionian and Aegean Seas, and quaint tavernas lining the delicate streets in ancient towns. For livelier couples, head to a casino and try your luck at your favourite game, or visit a beachfront bar and watch the sun set with a drink in hand.
Couples on a romantic break will love the Pharae Palace hotel. Found in the beautiful beach destination of Kalamata, it is set amongst the impressive Taygetos mountain and mesmerising Messina Bay. Providing all you could need for an inviting base to explore the wonders of this resort in southern Greece, you'll feel truly relaxed whilst staying at the Pharae Palace hotel.
Greece provides the ideal base for a cultural break like no other, and with the Peloponnese home to a number of ancient cities, you can be sure that your holiday will include visiting a wealth of historical ruins. From the fortress town on Mycenae to the ancient city of Messene, there are many wonders to behold in this beautiful area.
Visit the seaport town of Nafplio and spend a day absorbing the sunshine and taking in the wonders of the Palamidi Castle and the Acronauplia. To discover some more about everyday life in rural Greece, take one of the many trails into the mountains and explore the delicate villages and make the most of the spectacular views over the Greek horizon.
The Peloponnese evenings should be spent enjoying fresh local produce over a glass of wine or two, admiring endless views of sheer natural beauty. For some great entertainment in a captivating setting, enjoy a theatre performance at the Epidaurus Theater. This ancient Hellenic landmark is one of Greece’s most famous archaeological sites, built in the 4th century BC. Discovered in 1970, it was excavated and renovated, ensuring that it can now safely hold shows for all to enjoy.