Sail across indigo waters, spot the endangered African chameleon and uncover centuries old Greece on Peloponnese holidays
Taste the best olive oil in Greece, visit Ottoman fortresses and discover one of Greece’s most beautiful beaches, omega shaped Voïdokoilia on holidays to Peloponnese. In the heart of Costa Navarino, on golden sands fringed by inky Ionian Sea, luxurious hotels come with surf schools and world-class golf courses, private pools and five star restaurants. One moment you’re ordering lunch from a swim-up restaurant, the next indulging in salt and honey scrubs. One day cycling through the unspoiled countryside of Messinia, the next sailing to the Islet of Proti swimming among coral as the sun goes down. Whether you hike through forest to majestic waterfalls, try SUP yoga for the first time or kayak across the bay, natural beauty takes pride of place.
Away from resort life lays a whole other world of Grecian adventure. Walk though an abandoned city of ancient Byzantine ruins where only a small community of nuns now live and travel along medieval roads lined with churches, where you’re more likely to pass a cow than a traffic jam. Peloponnese holidays take you to ancient Olympia, the first site of the legendary games that inspired the modern Olympics, and to gold and ivory archaeological monuments such as the majestic temple of Zeus, the helmet of Miltiades and the aqueduct of Nymfaion. We can also tell you first-hand that you won’t want to miss the ancient theatre of Epidarus, especially come summer when the breathtaking amphitheatre, renowned for its perfect acoustics, comes alive with open-air works from the great Greek playwrights.
Peloponnese is a special place, and if you’d like to know more, give us a call or pop into your local store.
Best time to visit Peloponnese
• The climate is fundamentally Mediterranean with long hot sunny days often from April through to the end of September, and pleasant, warm evenings
• The water is warm until mid-November, however, the rainy season begins mid-October.
Peloponnese holiday highlights
Take every opportunity to enjoy the incredible schedule of activities available at the hotels in Costa Navarino – yoga on the beach, olive oil tasting tours, countryside hiking, golf lessons, surf school, stand-up paddleboarding and sunset boat trips. And then explore further afield visiting Olympia, Gytheio and the exquisite golden beaches of Voïdokoilia, Romanos and Petrohori. There’s the enchanting castle in the 13th-Century town of Koroni, the tiny church in Agia Theodora where seventeen ancient trees grow from its foundations, and near the small town of Chora one of the best preserved Mycenaean palaces in Greece. Back on water is the Gialova Lagoon, a beautiful protected hydro biotope home to rare flora and bird species as well as the only place in Europe where the endangered African chameleon lives and breeds.
Where is Peloponnese?
Bordering the Aegean and Ionian Sea, Peloponnese is Greece’s largest peninsula and sits in the southernmost part of the country. The northern and central mountains are filled with beautiful forest and the south is home to exquisite golden beaches.
A new, improved road network means hiring a car is the most convenient way to travel around Peloponnese. There are plenty of activities on offer in-resort so car hire is not necessary if you simply want to make the most of the gorgeous beaches and join forest and hiking trails with hotel tours. But to see archaeological sights and villages further afield, travelling by car is recommended.
Food & drink
A huge focus on fresh and locally sourced ingredients, plenty of lemon, orange and olive groves and a Mediterranean climate that means vegetables and fruits thrive ensure that your plate is always going to be filled with mouth-watering cuisine. Artichokes, aubergines, smoked pork and baked cod are all used frequently and the native agiorgitiko grape is used to produce their much-loved red wine.