Peloponnese Region

Peloponnese is the most popular region of the Greek mainland in terms of tourism. The close distance to Athens, the beautiful resorts and the interesting sightseeing attract many visitors to Peloponnese Greece all year round. Historically, it has been the main field of action for Greece since the prehistoric times. In fact, it hosts the most important archaeological sites of Greece, including Olympia, Epidaurus, and Mycenae. Surrounded by sea from all sides, the region provides amazing beaches. The most famous areas include Nafplion, Gythio, Monemvasia, and Pylos. This Peloponnese travel guide will give you all the necessary information to organize your holiday.
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Peloponnese is the largest peninsula in Greece and constitutes the southernmost of the Greek mainland. It borders with the Aegean, Ionian Sea, Corinth Gulf, and the Mediterranean Sea. It is connected with Sterea region through a narrow sea line, the Corinth Canal. From 2004, the bridge Rio-Antirio connects Peloponnese with Sterea and the rest of the mainland.

Peloponnese consists of seven prefectures (Achaia, Ilia, Messenia, Arkadia, Lakonia, Argolida and Corinthia). Its total surface area is 21,439 square kilometers. The region of Peloponnese is the center of ancient Greek culture and it has been inhabited since the prehistoric years.

Peloponnese is mainly mountainous, covered by the mountain range of Mount Taygetos, its highest peak is 2,407m. Two groups of islands lie in the Peloponnese, the Saronic islands to the east and the Ionian islands to the west. The area is dressed with beautiful valleys, the valley of Achaia and Manolada. The climate varies according to the area and the altitude. The geography of Peloponnese is privileged with rivers, mountains, valleys, lush green forests and many other characteristics which make the whole area unique and attractive.

Rich in natural beauty, fabulous beaches, and archaeological sites, Peloponnese is a great place for family vacations, romantic breaks or even a day trip from Athens. Famous places in Peloponnese include Nafplion, Monemvasia, Olympia, Gythio, Kalamata, and Elafonissos.

Chania is a paradise for food and wine lovers. Here you can taste the famous Cretan cuisine with a glass of excellent Cretan wine. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit many wineries, where you will get to know the varieties of the Cretan terrain, the special local gastronomy and – let’s not forget – the outstanding Cretan hospitality!

Balos Chania Crete:  Balos is among the best beaches in Greece and one of the most beautiful beaches in Crete that lies 60 km north west of Chania Town. It is seen as a lagoon from the hills above the beach.

Balos has white sand, soft seabed and crystal water. Opposite the beach, there is a rocky island called Gramvoussa and on top of this island, there is a steep Venetian castle with gorgeous view to the region and the sea.

Balos is reached trough a track raod from Kaliviani, a village close to Kissamos. This track road is about 10 km and can be crossed by a 4-wheel car. Otherwise, visitors can go by excursion boat from Kissamos.

Seitan Limania Beach

Relatively near Chania (and Chania Airport), the tiny little cover of Seitan Limania is a great spot to chill out and relax in that stunning Aegean Sea. Now, the beach is pretty small and it does get busy during peak season.


The seaside town of Nafplion is a popular holiday destination all year round. Lovely beach resorts surround Nafplion and get much frequented for family summer holidays. A walk around the Old Town of Nafplion will bring you to ample squares, paved streets and elegant mansions. Do not miss a visit to Palamidi Fortress and to the Castle of Bourtzi. Nafplion is also a convenient base for daily excursions and cruise trips to the Saronic islands.

Nafplion is a lovely town of Peloponnese with Medieval vibe. With the strong Palamidi Fortress overlooking it, the Old Town of Nafplion bursts with narrow alleys, tall houses, and lovely squares. A visit to Palamidi is a must thing to do in Nafplion, while very interesting sightseeing is also Bourtzi Fortress, accessible by boat from the port. In close distance to the town are nice beaches, such as Karathonas and Tolo. At a distance of 20 min drive is also the Archaeological Site of Mycenae.

Bourtzi Fortress :The islet of Bourtzi stands at the entrance of the port and has a strong fortress on it. It can be visited by boat from the port of Nafplion.

Akronafplia Fortress: Akronafplia Fortress is situated on the rocky penisula of Akronafplia. It is the oldest Castle in Nafplio and its lower sections date back to the Bronze Age. From 1936 to 1956 Akronafplia Fortress was used as a Greek political prison. On Politiko Nosokomiou square on the western egde of the Town, there is a lift that takes you up to the Fortress.

Palamidi Fortress: Palamidi is located on a hill above Nafplion. It was first built by the Venetians and in the 18th century it was taken over by the Turks. It was used as a prison for a period of time. Theodoros Kolokotronis,one of the leaders of the Revolution was imprisoned in its walls.

Beach promenade: The Promenade of Arvanitia is a paved path on the seaside, an ideal choice for a romantic stroll. It extends for about 1km. It starts from the harbor of Nafplio, next to the lighthouse, and finishes on Arvanitia square and Arvanitia beach.

Tolo Psili Ammos beach: Location: 10 km south east of Nafplion This is the main beach in Tolo, a popular beach resort south of Nafplion. It has soft sand, crystal water and many watersports centres along the coastline.

Karathona beach: 6 km south of Nafplion . This is a nice beach in close distance to Napflion. It has many tourist facilities and watersports, so it gets pretty popular in summer.

Arvanitia beach: It is situated behind the city center of Nafplio, on the southern part of Akronafplia Small beach, partly sandy and partly pebbled with some tourist facilities.

Nafplion Gallery

Porto Heli

Porto Heli Greece is a cosmopolitan port village on the eastern side of Peloponnese. Originally a secluded fishing village, the place started to gradually develop in the 1970s when Athenians built summer houses there and many rich men bought plots of land. Porto Heli is a nice family destination with a safe environment. Many visitors also come with their private yachts and moor at the large marina of the town. Porto Heli also makes a convenient base for excursions in the Saronic Gulf and road trips in eastern Peloponnese. Holidays in Porto Heli is especially popular among families.

There are motorbike rentals and car rentals which can be useful if you want to explore the surroundings, such as the nearby town of Kranidi, still untouched by tourism. In fact, Porto Heli is near many important places in Argolida, such as Ermioni, Epidauros, Nafplion, and Mycenae.

The seaside town of Porto Heli Greece, on the eastern side of Peloponnese, in mainland Greece, is a relaxing place for family vacations. There you can find both organized and remote beaches, with soft sand and clean water. A drive around the area will lead you to beautiful natural spots, traditional villages and small chapels. Holidays in Porto Heli are very popular among families with kids, who find many things to do in the region.

The location of Porto Heli is great for day excursions to the mainland and the Saronic islands. From Porto Heli, you can make road trips to Ancient Epidaurus, Nafplion, Mycenae, and Ermioni. Also, frequent boats from the small port of Costa in Porto Heli go to Spetses island.

Ververoda Lake in Porto Heli: The lake of Ververoda is a popular place located approximately 5 km from Porto Heli, the small tourist village of Peloponnese. In the medieval times, the areas around the lake were thought to be a pirate hideout. The locals believe that the waters of this lake have medicinal properties and can cure them of some diseases, mostly bone pains. A water-skiing competition, the Senior World Competition, takes place in Ververoda Lake every year and athletes from the whole world participate and surprise spectators with their talent. The activities performed in Ververoda Lake attract many visitors to come to this southern coast of Argolis and helps in the area’s development. The lake of Ververoda is lovely in the sunset when the sky gets dried in vibrant orange shades.

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This elegant seaside village offers a plethora of emotions. The singular architecture of the mansions and the towers as well as the beautiful nature which is an amalgam of sea and mountain won’t disappoint the visitor.

The main part of the traditional settlement is in the root of red rock which exceeds 250 meters and seems to dominate the area. You will see here the beautiful houses with the whitewashed walls, the wooden doors and the windows painted with vivid colors.

The main economic activity of the area might not be tourism but this does not deter the travelers who increasingly visit the place every year. The place offers a variety of beaches to swim, places to visit and traditional feasts which excite both the locals and the travelers.

Near the Leonidio settlement you will find the harbor Plaka with its traditional houses mirror in the clear water. Near the harbor is the big pebble beach of Plaka where travelers will find all the necessary amenities, like accommodation, cafés – bars and of course fish taverns.

About 8Km southeast of Leonidio, there is Poulithra , a small fishing village with a tranquil beach. The olive trees and the pebbles complete the beautiful painting of the landscape.

For the adventure seekers there is about 33km southeast of Leonidio the Fokianos beach. This is also a quiet beach with big pebbles but with a difficult dirt road towards the end of the route.

Leonidio Gallery


Find out everything about your holidays in Ermioni on our travel guide! Ermioni in Greece is a small seaside town on the eastern coasts of Peloponnese, in the region of Argolis. Constructed on the hill slopes around a beautiful port, this town has revived over the last decades as many Athenians have holiday homes there. The traditional architecture and the natural beauty of Ermioni Greece attract many families looking for peaceful vacations. The small port is connected by ferry to Piraeus and the islands of Hydra and Spetses. The port promenade is a relaxing place to stroll around and enjoy a meal during your Ermioni holidays. The convenient location serves for day excursions to Ancient Epidaurus, Porto Heli, Nafplion, Hydra, and Poros.

There are plenty of towns and villages to visit in the region around Ermioni. Having Ermioni as a base, visitors can see the mountainous town of Kranidi, the coastal villages like Thermissia and Petrothalassa, the fishing village of Kilada and certainly the cosmopolitan beach resort of Porto Heli.

The warm hospitality and authentic character give Ermioni the characteristic island look which is extremely famous in Greece. Because of its small size, idyllic nature and traditional atmosphere, it is an ideal suggestion for quiet and relaxing holidays, where visitors will feel closer to nature. Ermioni is not that famous as typical Greek island but its authentic aspect will amaze you.

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Find out everything about your holidays in Monemvasia on our travel guide! The Castle Town of Monemvasia is among the most impressive places in Greece. Located on the southeastern side of Peloponnese, Monemvasia Greece was entirely carved on the backside of a sea rock in Medieval times. This huge sea rock is not visible from the mainland so that the locals could avoid enemy attacks. The only way to reach Monemvasia was by boat, while later on a paved pathway was constructed to connect the castle entrance to the mainland. This is how the name came out, meaning a single passage. A new town has been constructed in the mainland, just opposite the rock. A walk around the Castle Town is a travel to the past, while the sea view from the castle top is breathtaking.

Monemvasia in Greece is one of the most romantic places in the country. This is a Medieval Castle Town, exclusively carved on the slopes of a rock. This fantastic place was originally constructed in the Medieval Ages and has been continuously inhabited since then. Today most of the old mansions have been converted into guesthouses and boutique hotels. Outside the Rock, there is a new modern town with many tourist facilities. Holidays in Monemvasia can be combined with day trips to Gythio, Mystras, Neapolis and other regions of south Peloponnese.

Monemvasia in Greece is an impressive castle town in south-eastern Peloponnese. This town was constructed invisible from the mainland to avoid enemy attacks. It can be seen only from the sea and only a narrow pathway connects it to the mainland. This is how its name came out, meaning a single passage. A walk around the paved streets of the castle town is like a trip back in time. See the elegant stone mansions and the Byzantine churches, such as the church of Agia Sofia and Christ Elkomenos. Do not also miss the breathtaking sea view from the top of the Castle during your Monemvasia holidays. Things to do in the region include sightseeing and swimming in calm beaches.

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This little seaside town attracts mainly two type of travelers. Those who want to spend their day in extraordinary beaches and the nature lovers who get amazed by the wild beauty of this area. The main landmarks of this town are the church of Agia Triada (St. Trinity), which is visible throughout the city and the statue of the Vatika Seaman.During the Roman Period the city was an important trading sport. In 375AD a powerful earthquake destroyed the city and the place wasn’t of great important during the subsequent years. Many byzantine monasteries were built in Kavo Malias, the cape in the wider area.In Neapoli, just under the seaside street, you will find the sandy beach of Neapoli.Alternatively you could choose, about 13km away, the beautiful Punda beach. Near Punda, there is the Magano beach, located near to the ancient sunken city of Pavlopetri. It is a sandy beach with turquoise water ideal for all the family. Another beach close to the area is Neratziona beach. This organized golden beach attracts many families. Also, fish taverns exist in this area.

Aspes beach, about 14 km from Neapoli, is an amazing unorganized beach with wild beauty. The black sand and the wild rocks are the main features of this beach. Very close you will also find Rismari beach.

If you feel like driving a little further, about 15km away you will end up to Velanidia, a beautiful little village which is built amphitheatrically. In Velanidia village you will feel like you are in an island while wandering through the traditional white houses and the colorful flowers. From this village starts one of the most popular hiking trails of the area which reaches the lighthouse of Kavo Malias. In this village you will find a beautiful peaceful unorganized beach. Keep in mind that the road to Velanidia village might not be for everyone due to the continuous revs and the cliffs. Travelers, who decide to visit this place, are astonished by the wild beauty of this place. Near this village you will also find one more beautiful beach called Agios Pavlos.

About 15,7km northwest of Neapoli there are some astonishing beaches like Platanistos beach and Limnes beach. Limnes is a long sandy beach while Platanistos offers plenty of smaller sandy beaches until the small bay near the cape. At the top of the cape you could admire the view of the Kouledianos Tower which was used by the residents to keep an eye on the pirates. You could also visit the tower by car through a dirt track which ends up in a path of 300 meters to reach the tower.

Kavo Malias :is the cape of this area and the second southernmost of Peloponnese. It is an important cape regarding its geographical position. The main features of this cape are the lighthouse made of stone and the strong winds of this area which have resulted in many shipwrecks. This cape is hard to reach due to the dangerous route of a dirt track of 20km with rugged cliffs. People who love walking could take advantage of the hiking trails that exist in this area.

Neapoli Gallery


Fabulous and friendly, the small island of Elafonissos is known for its extraordinary beaches. The most popular beach is Simos, which distinguishes for its crystal water and the exotic surrounding. However, the entire island is surrounded by fantastic places with exotic waters to swim. Expect for swimming in the sea, sightseeing is few in Elafonissos. This is a place for relaxing beach holidays that is visited for vacations or as a day trip from Neapolis, Peloponnese.

Beaches in Elafonissos Greece are famous for their white sand, crystal water and they are unspoiled from mass tourism. The most famous beach of Elafonissos is Simos beach, which is also the most popular. If you are looking for even quieter, there are many other Elafonissos beaches to go to. You will find below a list of the best beaches in Elafonissos Greece.

A colorful sapphire that sweetens its thousand-rich beauties in the crystal clear sea of ​​Moria and in the blue waters of Smigopelagos.

A blue-eyed propylon on the horizon of the Minoan, Aegean and Ionian civilizations, a seaside path in the reflections of the glacial dream, a sweetness of joy in the kiss of the Blue Spring, a sea of ​​lush weft.

Several prehistoric sites have been identified in Elafonisos by Archaeologists Waterhouse, Simpson and others. such as: Pavlopetri, Settlement of Elafonisos, Lower Island, Lefki, Vigla, Elies, Gaidourosspilo, Mavroudi, Kapsalianika – Spyrianika, Fountianika and Kournospila.

The Mycenaean Polichni of Panagia was important, while another submerged city seems to exist, in Simos and Sarakiniko, south of Akroth. Elena.

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Finikouda is a seaside village in the southwest of Peloponnese and also a popular summer destination mainly because of its exceptional long beach. It is located between Methoni and Koroni and offers a lot of great sandy beaches and plenty of historically important places to visit.A little further, just 1,5km from Finikouda there is Loutsa settlement with two beautiful bays, Loutsa beach and Tsapi beach. For those who can’t stand too much heat, this is your place! The summer breeze in this area will make your day. Loutsa beach is a sandy beach with large thick pebbles and is awarded with the blue flag. The place attracts also people who like fishing.If you like the idea of swimming and in the same gazing at a beautiful medieval castle, visit the beach of Methoni, about 12km away from Pylos. This long sandy beach near the castle has crystal clear water and due to the swallow water is also ideal for families with children.

About 19km away, you will find Zaga beach. This beach is one of the longest in Messinia and is located in Koroni, one of the most important cities in Messinia known for the imposing medieval castle. Due to its long size you will find organized parts with umbrellas and more secluded parts for those who like calmness. Near the beach there are traditional restaurants to visit in case you get hungry.

Voidokoilia beach is about 37km away from Finikouda. It is considered to be one of the best beaches of Peloponnese and of Greece in general. The unique shape, the extraordinary scenery, the beautiful sand and the crystal clear water of this beach will make you instantly fall in love with this place. The beach is not organized, so the visitor should keep in mind to carry along all the necessary equipment like water, food etc. The beach attracts a large number of visitors, especially in August.

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Pilos - Sfaktiria

This little seaside town at the southwest of Peloponnese has played an important role during the history of Greece. It was the kingdom of Nestor, the wisest among the leaders of the Trojan War. In addition the known Battleship of Navarino in 1827 took place here resulting in the defeat of the fleet of the Ottoman Empire.

Today Pylos is a popular destination throughout the year and also a safe anchorage due to the island Sfaktiria, the natural breakwater, across the harbor. You will find plenty of beautiful hotels around the area and all the necessary amenities of a tourist destination. Around Pylos you will find plenty of magnificent beaches, some of them are considered to be the best in Peloponnese.

The Mycenaean Pilos of King Nestor is widely known from the Homeric Poems and the participation in the Trojan War. However the Ancient Pilos which is described by Thucydides was located at a different position from the Mycenaean palace. It was located on the hill of Cape Korifasio, near Voidokoilia beach, and controlled the northern entrance of Navarino Bay. The city developed during the 4th century BC and was very important especially during the Peloponnesian War. The extensive graveyard of the nearby Divari is considered to be part of this ancient city.The central square of Pilos is called “Platia trion navarchon”. In this square there is the homonym monument which is dedicated to the three admirals who were in charge during the Battleship of Navarino.

The town of Pylos doesn’t have a long beach; however there are two small sandy bays with swallow and crystal clear water where you could enjoy swimming. The traditional cafes and taverns are just above these small bays.

Just 6,7Km away from Pylos you could visit Gialova village. In this village you will find the organized beach of Gialova which offers a beautiful view of Niocastro. It is a long beach ideal for families with children. Here you will find plenty of restaurants and café bars in case you might need to drink or eat something.

Very close to Gialova beach you will find another popular beach, the Divari beach also known as Golden beach. It is a long sandy beach which starts from Gialova and ends up to the cape Korifasio with the castle Palaiocastro. While snorkeling in this beach you might see remains of the shipwrecks of this area. At the end of this beach there is also a beach called Perasma tis Sikias. It is in fact a narrow sea lane between the Sfaktiria Island and the mainland. This was in fact the northern entrance of the harbor of Pilos which was controlled by the castle Palaiocastro. The maximum width of this sea lane reaches 150 meters and you might see people swimming across the beach to the Sfaktiria Island.

If you like the idea of swimming and in the same gazing a beautiful medieval castle, visit the beach of Methoni. This long sandy beach near the castle has crystal clear water and due to the swallow water is ideal for families with children.

If you want to see the old castle Palaiocastro travel a little further about 11,5km away from Pylos. Paliocastro was built in 1278 by the Franks in the location where the ancient Acropolis of Pylos was in the past.

The beautiful beach Voidokoilia, is about 15,7km away from Pylos. It is the most famous beach of Peloponnese and probably the most beautiful. The unique shape and the natural beauty of this beach astonish the visitor. the beautiful white sand and the crystal clear water of this beach will make you instantly fall in love with this place. The beach is not organized, so the visitor should keep in mind to carry along all the necessary equipment as well as water, food etc. The beach attracts a large number of travelers especially during August. Above the beach you will see the imposing castle Palaiocastro (or Palionavarino). Palaiocastro was built in the 13th century by the Francs in order to control the northern entrance of Navarino Bay. Below the castle there is a large cave which is known as “Nestor’s Cave”, in which according to Greek mythology Hermes hid the cattle which he stole from the Greek god Apollo. The cave was probably inhabited from the Neolithic Period. At the northern edge of the beach there is also an archaeological site, the tomb of Nestor’s son, Thrasymedes. The tomb dates back to the Mycenaean period while findings of the area derive from the Neolithic period. Voidokilia probably was the “sandy Pylos” of the Homeric Poems where the King Nestor welcomed Telemachus when he was searching his father, Odysseus. Near Voidokoilia you will also find the small sandy beach called Glossa beach. Many nudists visit this beach.

About 16km away from Pylos there is the Romanos beach. It is a partly organized beach covered in sand and ideal for those who don’t like overcrowded beaches.

Finikouda is also a great place to visit known for the beautiful Finikouda beach. The distance from Pylos is about 21km. It is a long sandy beach with turquoise water organized with umbrellas and sun beds. Above the beach on the seaside street you will find a lot of traditional restaurants and fish taverns.

Pilos - Sfaktiria Gallery


Arkoudi is a popular summer destination known for its dreamy sandy beach. This seaside settlement is located at the northwest part of Peloponnese and very close to Loutra Kyllinis. The traditional houses of the settlement, the crystal clear water of the beach and the beautiful sunset are ideal for romantic vacation and relaxing holidays. Arkoudi seems to be a small hidden paradise in Peloponnese which looks like an island. Arkoudi beach is partly organized with umbrellas that exist in the beach permanently. It also has a lifeguard and a beach volley. The water deepens gradually which makes it ideal for families with children.

Quite close to Arkoudi you could swim in the beach of Loutra Kyllini. It is about 2,5km away from Arkoudi and is a long sandy beach awarded every year with the blue flag for its clear water.

The golden beach Glifa, about 4,7km away is also a great option. It is a long sandy beach organized with umbrellas and ideal for those who like peaceful holidays.

Thines beach is the long sandy beach of Vartholomio village. It is located about 16,3km away from Arkoudi. The beach is ideal for water sports. It is a very popular beach with plenty of nearby cafes and beach bars to spend your time.

Of course the beaches of Kourouta, about 28,5km away, are also a great choice if you don’t mind travelling a little bit further.

The Thermal springs of Kyllini are located inside a forest very close to Akroudi.

Kyllini is a beautiful destination about 15km away from Arkoudi. This harbor offers a great opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful islands of Eptanisa, like Zakinthos, Ithaki and Kefallonia.About 28km away from Arkoudi you could visit one of the most important ancient cities of Peloponnese. Ancient Ilida was the capital of Illia in the Antiquity and also the city which organized the ancient Olympic Games. You will see here the ancient theater which today hosts important theatrical festivals.

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Elia is an idyllic seaside village with beautiful beaches and sandy bights. It mainly attracts families and travelers who seek serene holidays. The little harbor of Elia, the lighthouse, the fishing boats, the olive and the orange trees make this beautiful scenery ideal for memorable photos.

You might see some of the 350 residents of the village harvest the olive trees or occupy with fishing. Also the tourist activity is obvious in this area, with a large variety of accommodation options, traditional restaurants and cafeterias near the sea.
Elia is a great starting point to visit some of the most beautiful destinations in Peloponnese. From here you can visit Molaoi , Monemvasia, Gytheio, Neapoli and Elafonisos island.

Elia beach is the closest one, near the harbor, and it is a good choice for all the family.

Vianthini beach is only 400 meters. It is a beautiful sandy beach with taverns and cafes. Here you can drink your coffee near the rocks and gaze the small island across the beach.
Just 1 km away, you will find a great place with crystal clear water, the Tigania beach. It is an organized beach with a beach bar, a beach volley facility and a traditional tavern.

About 2Km away from Elia you will find a sandy and pebble beach Makris Gialos. The beach isn’t organized and you should keep in mind to have with you all the necessary things you might need like water and food for instance. The sunset here is a magical experience you shouldn’t miss.

Kavos or Limanaki beach is at the northwest side of the village. It is a small sandy beach which worth a visit.
Just 12km away from Elia you will find the beautiful seaside settlement “Plitra”. Plitra beach is an organized shallow sandy beach. The area has plenty of cafes and restaurants which serve the travelers. Besides swimming this place is also ideal for fishing, sailing and walking.

Elia Gallery

Lakoniki Mani

Stone-built villages with impressive mansions in the prickly pears, brilliant castles of the past, impressive caves, Byzantine churches, beautiful beaches and unique gastronomy… Welcome to Laconian Mani! Indulge in the charm of the wild beauty of the landscape where the stone “flirts” with the sea and offers countless challenges and unique tours! Let’s discover Laconic Mani through its most important stations.


Picturesque, with cobbled streets and imposing tower houses, Areopolis invites you on a mental journey back in time. The walk in its alleys is unique. It is worth visiting the Temple of the Brigadiers, the square of March 17 as well as the towers of the chiefs of Kapetanakos, Barelakos and Pikoulakis. Here you will also find hostels, taverns, cafes and bars that make Areopolis an ideal “base” to discover the rest of Laconian Mani.


Descending from Areopolis on the mountain slope, in the small bay with the deep blue color of the sea with the old stone houses hanging on the rocky slope, the enchanting Port emerges. Once a settlement and port of the Mavromichalia family, today it is one of the most picturesque settlements in Greece, famous for its fish taverns by the sea in an idyllic setting with the Mavromichalia Tower in the background.


Built on a hill amphitheatrically overlooking the impressive bay, Itilo is one of the most historic villages of Laconic Mani. During the Mycenaean years, according to Homer, it belonged to the Kingdom of Menelaus and took part in the Trojan War, offering ships. Today it offers, thanks to traditional architecture, accommodation, unique moments of relaxation overlooking the sea. Walk to the traditional village of Itilos with the stone houses, the cobbled streets and the picturesque square of the village with the traditional cafes and feel the time going back.

Diros Tower

A secret underground world, divided into three individual caves, is your next stop 4 km outside the village of Pyrgos Dirou. These are the CavesGlyfada (or Vlychada), Alepotrypa and Katafygi, each with its own beauty and rare archaeological value. In Vlychada Cave you will enjoy a route of a total length of 3,100m. of which only 300m. it is land. For the sea section you will board a boat and with a guide-guide of the cave you will pass through various chambers and galleries with imaginative names such as the Crossroads with the Nereids, the Lake of the Oceans, the Shipwreck Sea, the Golden Rain and the Great , with a length of 160 m and a height of 30. Next to the Cave you can visit the Neolithic Museum, with invaluable, in historical value, finds of Paleolithic times.

Cape Tainaro

Find yourself at the southern tip of mainland Greece and the Balkan Peninsula, where ancient Greeks marked the passage to the Underworld. The route starts on foot from the church of Agioi Asomata, built with the stones of the sanctuary of Tainarios Poseidon. If you walk east you will find the Psychopompeii carved on the rock and a sea cave through which Hercules passed to face Cerberus. Walking west you will find traces of the ancient and Roman settlement such as the famous mosaic of the 1st century AD and after an easy 45-minute hike you will reach the Lighthouse of the Acrotainarion where the Ionian Sea meets the Aegean. Close your eyes and indulge in the power of the mythical landscape!

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Gerolimenas “The sacred harbor of Peloponnese” This traditional settlement of the southwest Mani is a popular destination not only in the summer but throughout the year. It is situated at the east side of the cape “Cavo Grosso”. Gerolimenas is in fact the picturesque harbor of the area which was an important trading spot in the past. This fact can be related with the name of the harbor Gerolimenas which means sacred harbor in Greek.

One of the most photographed places in Mani district is the Vathia village.

Between Vathia village and the Cape Tenaro, hidden between the hills is a probably the best sandy beach of Mani. Marmari Beach is like a secret paradise and a great opportunity to cool off a little. Only 3km away from Marmari there is also another beautiful spot of the area, Porto Kayo. Porto Kayo is a picturesque harbor with crystal clear water which magnetizes the travelers.

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Gythio is a beautiful fishing town on the southern side of Peloponnese. This place is surrounded by nice beaches and constitutes a convenient base for day excursions in the region of Laconia. Mavrovouni is the most beautiful and longest beach close to Gythio, where the sea turtles Caretta-caretta go to lay their eggs in summer. Fish taverns and beautiful mansions line up the port of Gythio, from where there is a ferry connection to Kythira and Crete. Holidays in Gythio can be combined with visits to Monemvasia, Kythira, Kalamata, Mystras and other regions of Peloponnese.

Gytheio is an ancient city, located in the southern Peloponnese, near the river mouth of the famous Eurotas River in the Laconic Bay. It is characterized by the small dock, the neoclassical houses standing on the slope of the Akoumaro Mountain and the graphical narrow streets between the buildings.

In Gytheio you can visit the island Kranay with the big lighthouse of 22m height, built in 1873 and the Tzanetaki tower. This island is today joined with the mainland and according to mythology here was the place where beautiful Helen and Paris spent the night before their journey to Troy, when they left Sparta. Leaving the island, Paris forgot his helmet (in Greek “kranos”) so the island was named Kranay.

Discover our guide to 7 beautiful Gythio beaches. They are all presented with a detailed description, photos and their location on a map of Gythio. For the most popular spots, we also provide information about sightseeing in the area, a selection of hotels and reviews.
Mavrovouni beach, Selinitsa beach,Ageranos beach,Trinisa beach,Agia Varvara beach,Skoutari beach,Vordonas beach.

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Kalo Nero

Viewing the Ionian Sea this little seaside village is a beautiful summer destination with amazing natural beauty. In this place you will enjoy the endless coastline where the protected species of Caretta-Caretta turtle nest every year in order to reproduce.
More and more hotels appear in this little village as a result of its popularity that is growing year by year. It is an ideal destination for the whole family and for those who love relaxing holidays by the sea. The endless beach of Kalo Nero is also ideal for those who love water sports.

The village is a good starting point to visit some of the most important historic monuments and beautiful beaches of Messinia.

If you want to visit beautiful beaches close to Kalo Nero, you might consider travel towards the North and specifically to the Kaiafas beach. Here you will find a wide golden beach ideal for families and peaceful vacation. In addition in this area there is the Lake Kaiafa known for the popular thermal springs.

South of Kalo Nero you will also find some exceptional choices for swimming. Kyparisia and Filiatra offer plenty of beautiful coasts. If you would like to try some wind surfing, the long sandy beach Lagouvardos is made for you!

Across Marathopolis there is a small uninhabited island called Proti. You could take the boat from Marathos port to this islet and enjoy swimming in the small Vourlia beach. In addition the area is ideal for snorkeling or even scuba diving.

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Kardamili “A song of stone and sun!” . It is an elegant seaside village which consists of traditional stone houses with tiled roofs, a charming old city with imposing historical towers, little pebble bays, olive trees and cypresses. It is a popular destination for many nature lovers and artists from Greece and Europe.

It is an elegant seaside village which consists of traditional stone houses with tiled roofs, a charming old city with imposing historical towers, little pebble bays, olive trees and cypresses. It is a popular destination for many nature lovers and artists from Greece and Europe. In the area the visitor will find tasteful hotels, restaurants and bars.

The city exists for over 3000 years. The name of the city derives from the Antiquity. Specifically, according to Homeric poems, Kardamili was one of the 7 states that Agamemnon had promised as a dowry to Achilles in order to lure him back to the battles of the Trojan War. In addition, the ancient Greek traveler and geographer Pausanias visited the city in 170AD and has mentioned it in his work “Laconica”.

Just across the south part of the settlement there is the Meropi island, where exist even today ruins from Venetian walls and also a basilica dedicated in the Assumption of Mary.

For those who love the crowded beach destinations, then the Stoupa village is a must! It is a popular destination with beautiful beaches and only 7km away from Kardamili. This destination is also ideal for those who love the story of “Zorba the Greek”, the novel of the Greek author Nikos Kazantzakis.

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Katakolo “Europe tastes the raisin”. Katakolo is the harbor of Pirgos, the capital of Illia County. It was built in the 19th century in order to export products in Europe especially raisins. Today the harbor operates mainly for touristic reasons and less for commercial purposes.

In the entrance of the harbor the visitor will see old raisin warehouses, which have been converted into restaurants and taverns. In the summer period, the harbor serves a great number of cruise ships which visit the area. If you travel by boat, Katakolo is an ideal destination.

You will enjoy walking in this traditional village which beautifully combines sea and mountain. At the edge of the harbor you will see the historical lighthouse of Katakolo, which was built in 1855.

In the wider area you will find some traditional vineyards and olive groves that exist even from the 19th century. You could visit one and learn all the details about the traditional procedures the locals used to produce the well-known products of the area like olive oil, wine and of course raisins. In Katakolo you will find a lot of traditional fish taverns.

The closest and most popular beaches of Katakolo are Letrina beach and Spiatza beach. These beaches are parts of the same long sandy coast. The crystal clear water of this coastline will astonish you. Near this beach you will find a lot of taverns and cafes.
Only a few minutes away from Katakolo you could visit Agios Andreas settlement with the beautiful sandy beach. The beach is organized with sun beds and umbrellas and you will find some cafes here to enjoy your drink or a snack. The beach offers a nice view of the islets “Korakas” and “Tigani” across the beach.

Skafidia beach, about 8km north of Katakolo, is a lovely sandy beach with shallow water. This beach is surrounded by trees.

If you don’t mind travelling a little further, you could also visit Kourouta, about 25km away from Katakolo. This place offers an astonishing golden beach with crystal clear water.

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Kavos (Korinthia)

Kavos is a small seaside village that can be found at the northeast side of Peloponnese, at Corinthia County. The name of the village is associated with its location as Kavos in Greek means a cape. The village is known for its amazing fish taverns which lure many visitors, especially the Athenians.

Beside the fresh fish, Kavos is an ideal location for those who like to stroll around at seaside locations, inhale fresh air and visit some beautiful beaches around the area. For your accommodation there is a hotel at the center of the settlement.

You could start with the charming beach close to the settlement. Close to Kavos there is also Krifi beach, which is situated less than 2km north of Kavos settlement and is an organized sandy beach, ideal for families. South of Kavos settlement, you will find Istmia beach, which is a nice beach covered with sand and pebbles. There is a campsite near this area.

Only a few kilometers south of Kavos you could visit one of the most beautiful locations for swimming and relaxation, Kechries beach. It is a long sandy beach with many restaurants and apartments in close proximity. This place is known since the antiquity for being the second port of Ancient Corinth as well as for being the place where Apostle Paul came in order to visit Corinth and teach the precepts of Christianity.

A little further, about 5,5km south of Kavos, there is another famous beach of the area, Loutra Oreas Elenis. This seaside village offers a nice beach covered with sand and pebbles. The place is also known for its thermal baths and according to myths, here was the place where Ellen of Sparta, the most beautiful woman of Greece, took her bath. Close to this village there is another beautiful beach called Kato Almiri.
Loutraki beach is about 9,5km away from Kavos. It is a popular beach with 3,5km length and plenty of activities, cafes and restaurants for the visitors. Loutraki is also known for its thermal baths. Agioi Theodoroi beach is 16km away from Kavos. It is a popular organized beach which attracts many visitors. Here you will find many taverns to eat fresh fish and picturesque cafes to enjoy your coffee.

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Loutra Oraias Elenis...The baths of the beautiful Helen

You may have heard that Cleopatra was a fan of milk baths, but what was the secret of Helen of Troy, also known as Helen of Sparta? The answer is believed to be the thermal baths she was having in this little village. This traditional belief resulted in the name of the village “Loutra Oraias Elenis” which is Greek for “The baths of the beautiful Helen”.

This village is situated at the northeast part of Peloponnese on the road from Corinth Canal to Epidaurus. It is a popular destination especially among the Athenians. The distance by car is about 1 hour from Athens and therefore many Athenians have built their vacation houses in the area. There are some beautiful beaches around this area, picturesque villages, traditional restaurants and world known archaeological sites. Therefore, tourism is the number one economic activity of this village.

The settlement of Loutra Oraias Elenis offers a long pebble beach which is organized and equipped with taverns and café bars that attract a great amount of visitors. For the more courageous swimmers the famous thermal baths are situated right before the main beach of the settlement. A few minutes away from Loutra Oraias Elenis you will encounter the Kato Almiri village and the homonym Almiri beach which is in fact the continuation of Loutra Oraias Elenis and practically the same beach. In this area there is also a variety of restaurants, beach bars and cafeterias in your service.

About 2,5Km north of Loutra Oraias Elenis you will find the large beautiful beach of Kechries and according to many people the best in the Saronic Gulf. In the area you will find many options for your accommodation, restaurants and cafes.

Don’t forget to visit the harbor of Ancient Kechries while you are in this area. From this harbor Apostle Paul departed towards the Ancient Rome in order to teach people the precepts of Christianity.

Southeast of Loutra Oraias Elenis, just a few kilometers away, you will find Katakali, a small beautiful bay covered by small pebbles.

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Vrahati “A beautiful seaside resort”. Vrahati is a seaside small town located at the north of Peloponnese and about 12km west of Korinthos. It is developed into a popular summer resort with some luxurious hotel complexes and apartments in the wider area. The verdant seaside settlement offers a beach with crystal clear water which was awarded with Blue Flag. The homonym beach of Vrahati is the nearest and the most popular in this area. It is a cosmopolitan beach covered by pebbles and is known for its clear water. In the beach there are umbrellas with sun beds. The homonym beach of Vrahati is the nearest and the most popular in this area. It is a cosmopolitan beach covered by pebbles and is known for its clear water. In the beach there are umbrellas with sun beds.

Only 6km east of Vrahati there is another seaside settlement Lechaio with the beautiful sandy Lechaios beach. The area offers plenty of hotels to its visitors. Lechaio took its name from the homonym ancient harbor of Korinthos which existed in this location. It was an important harbor of the area due to the close proximity with Ancient Corinth. The harbor was a technological achievement during this period and its construction inspired the Romans who built in the same way plenty of their harbors. The name Lechaio derived from Lechis, who was the son of the Greek god Poseidon and the fountain Peirini.

Between Vrahati and Lechaios you will find the Perigiali beach and the beach of Kato Assos. In the nearby village Assos you could visit the church of Taxiarchon. It is a basilica which was built in 1822 after the liberation of the area from the Ottomans.

About 3km west of Vrahati there is Kokkoni beach. It is the beautiful beach next to Vrahati with crystal clear water. Kokkoni is an organized beach and offers a variety of water sports.
Nerantza beach is located about 4,2km west of Vrahati and is ideal for family vacations and peaceful holidays. In the village you will find byzantine and post-byzantine churches that you might like to visit. Hotels and rooms to let are also available in this area.

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Xilokastro “The green shore of the homeland”. Xilokatro is a popular tourist destination of Peloponnese which attracts many travelers due to its natural beauty. The natural forest Pefkia near the sea and the beautiful beaches around this area are the main attractions of Xilokastro.

Xilokastro means in Greek “wooden castle”. The name of the town derived from a wooden barrack which was built around 1260 (during the Frankish occupancy) and was located above the modern city on the west side of the hill “Kati ton Pefko”. From this position the barrack could control every movement in the Corinthian Gulf and the harbor of Aristonafton, which was the harbor of Ancient Pellini.

Except Korfiotissa village you could visit the lovely villages Ziria, Trikalochoria, Feneos and Stimfalia, where there is the homonym lake. Stimfalia is known from the 6th labor of Hercules. Hercules chased the “birds of Stimfalia” which had found shelter in the lake. He managed to drive them off the lake and killed them with his arrows. Also Evrostini is a picturesque village of mountainous Corinthia with natural beauty.

Only 6km away from Xilokastro, you could visit the Folklore Museum in the seaside village Kamari.
Pefkia beach is the long beautiful pebble beach of Xilokastro that extends in front of the homonym natural forest.

In the nearby seaside village Sikia you can visit one of the most beautiful beaches of the Corinthian Gulf, the Sikia beach. Near the beach there are cafes and restaurants.

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Petalidi “The gift to the fighters of Mani” . In the southwest part of Peloponnese there is the small seaside village called Petalidi. In the village you will find the big beautiful square with the church of St. Nikolaos, restaurants and cafes and a little further the small harbor.
The closest one is of course the Petalidi Beach near to the homonym harbor. It is a beach covered by thick pebbles in the outside and by sand in the inside. Here you will find traditional cafeterias to enjoy your coffee while enjoying the view.

Drive towards the South and you will find Chrani beach. Like Petalidi beach this is also covered by pebbles outside and by sand inside. In this seaside location you will find hotels, rooms to let and restaurants. If you like fish don’t leave without visiting one of the traditional taverns of the area and taste fresh fish and “ouzo”, a traditional Greek aperitif.
Keep driving, about 12,5Km away from Petalidi, until you meet the Agios Andreas Logga seaside settlement. This picturesque village has a beautiful organized beach and attracts many tourists from Greece and abroad. In case you want to spend your night here you will also find hotels and rooms to let for your accommodation.

Although it is quite further than the rest of the beaches, Peroulia beach is definitely one you should visit. It is about 30 minutes by car and 19,5Km away from Petalidi. It is a dreamy sandy beach with crystal clear water. The beautiful castle of Koroni can be seen in the background offering an astonishing view while swimming. It is a partly organized beach, with a restaurant and a cafeteria. The beach is quite long and suitable for families and for those who like peaceful holidays.

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Is a beautiful small town of Ilia. It located in the southwestern part of the prefecture of Ilia, and is 30 km from the county capital, Pyrgos. The town of Zacharo is the capital of the municipality, who owns 18 other districts.

Built in a fertile area of ​​outstanding natural beauty and of great archaeological interest, Zacharo is a lively city. It is the financial and commercial center of the region, and one of the finest resorts of the western coast of Peloponnese. The fact that it is up to the road axis Patras – Pyrgos – Kalamata and it has regular rail connections, makes it easily accessible.

Zacharo is a new city, historical. It is the capital of the historical Arini, and established as organized residential complex after the release of 1821.

Being a few hundred meters from the sea, the climate in Zacharo is quite mild. The main source of income of the area is agriculture, the main agricultural products are raisins and olive oil.

There are many wonderful beaches along the coast of Ilia. Sandy beaches with crystal blue waters of the Ionian Sea. Friendly beaches with shallow waters and glittering golden sand. Every beach has its own color, its own charm and its own character.

Zacharo Beach: The beach of Zacharo is a beautiful long beach with golden sand and crystal waters. Indeed it has been awarded by the EU Blue Flag for its beauty and purity of its waters. Here vacationers can indulge in windsurfing and other water sports. They can also make romantic walks in the sight of the idyllic sunset.

Giannitsochori Beach: South of Zacharo, in the village Giannitsochori, there is a lovely beach, where the combination of the sand and the pine forest make up an image of outstanding natural beauty. All around there are several taverns where you can taste fresh fish.
Kakovatos Beach: Swim in the huge sandy beach of Kakovatos, which is organized by offering free shower, umbrellas and sun beds.

Other areas NATURA 2000 in the municipality of Zacharo are the Lake Kaifas, Kakovatos, Strofylia, the Marine region of Kyparissia Gulf, Katakolo-Kyparissia Cape an the dunes of Kyparissia.

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