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A brief guide to coastal towns and villages in Peloponnese

Gytheio ● Kardamili ● Mani ● Messinia ● Monemvasia ● Nafplion ● Peloponnese ● Pylos ● 14 April 2017
 

Peloponnese is an amazing area of Greece, with numerous things to do, astonishing beaches and important archaeological sites.  It is also a region with wonderful coastal villages and towns, where you can spend a weekend or more days to relax, enjoy the natural beauty and have unforgettable moments with your family or partner.


1. Nafplion

Nafplion is the most beautiful town in Argolis, in eastern Peloponnese. In a close distance to Athens, it is ideal for a romantic weekend. The medieval atmosphere, the nostalgic aura of the Old Town with the narrow paved streets, the cobblestone promenade, the fish taverns by the sea and the cosmopolitanism of this small city make Nafplion one of the most popular towns in southern Greece. Here, you have many things to do, like visiting the Palamidi Fortress and the Castle of Mpourtzi or swimming in one of the beautiful beaches nearby.


2. Monemvasia

Monemvasia comes directly from the Medieval Era. The Old Town and the Castle have been built in a huge rock with magnificent view of the sea. The Castle is among the main sightseeing spots in Monemvasia, and the walk in the pebbled streets will impress you.

Monemvasia

3. Gytheio

Gytheio is a colourful coastal town with neoclassical buildings that has kept its traditional character. The promenade by the sea is just amazing, and the fishing boats, the cafés and the taverns on the waterfront create a picturesque landscape.

Gytheio

4. Mani

 Mani, the middle peninsula of Peloponnese, is a treasure of Byzantine churches, castles and towers. Mani is a complex of villages in Messinia and Lakonia, and among the most impressive villages by the sea, are considered Gerolimenas, Limeni and Areopolis Mani. Stone-built houses, narrow streets, traditional shops, local products and the clearest sea-waters in whole Peloponnese make these places popular in summer as well as in winter.

Mani

5. Kardamili

Kardamili is a green, traditional village in Messinia. It is famous thanks to its nature, the traditional character of the Old Town as well as the stunning beaches, which are considered among the best and most popular in Peloponnese. Stoupa and Itilo are long, sandy beaches that are perfect for families.

Kardamili

6. Pylos

Pylos is another coastal town in Messinia that is ideal for relaxation, walks in narrow streets and dinner in a fish tavern by the sea, watching the sunset. In a close distance to Pylos, you can visit two castle-towns, Koroni and Methoni Messinia, where you will experience the Medieval aura of the area. Furthermore, you can swim in Foinikounta, a popular beach with many touristic facilities.

Pylos

Where to Stay

Hotel in Epidavros, Greece Hani Inn
Hani Inn
Hani Merkouri, Ligourio, 21052 Epidavros, Greece

Hani Inn Hotel is located in the small village of Chani Merkouri, 5 km from the Ancient Theater of Epidavros. The famous archaeological site of Mycenae is 38 km away. The nearest beach can be reached within a 20-minute drive. The historic and picturesque Nafplio town is at 20 km.

Pansion in Olympia, Greece Bacchus
Bacchus
10, Ancient Pisa Str., 27065 Olympia, Greece

Hotel Bacchus was built in a traditional stone-mansion, in the picturesque village of Ancient Pissa (Miraka), just 4 km away from the Archaeological Site and the Museum of Olympia. The center of Olympia village with many shops, restaurants, cafes, mini markets is at 6 km.

Appartment in Zacharo, Greece Olympion Village Studios
Olympion Village Studios
Zacharo Beach, 27054 Zacharo, Greece

Olympion Village Studios is located just a 5-minute walk from the beach in Zacharo and a 6-minute drive from the center of Zacharo village. The Archaeological Site of Ancient Olympia is 35 km away.


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