Peloponnese travel advice

Konstantinos Polyzois from our holiday company Emelia History Travel:

Food & drink

“Due to its different landscapes, the Peloponnese has a big variety of different traditional dishes. Stick close to the sea and you’ll find superb fish recipes. Up on the mountains there are excellent homemade pasta dishes, delicious soups full of legumes, meat cooked in a pot with tomatoes, and delicious homemade pies.”

Itinerary tips

“I love the Mani region most of all, due to its wild and primitive landscape. Everything here feels not only authentic but also dramatic and bewitching. The landscape is bare and ragged and full of stone villages, Byzantine chapels, delightful coves and astonishing caves.
Another personal favourite is the mountainous Arcadia region, in the centre of the Peloponnese as it’s full of tradition, historic villages and monasteries. The exquisite Lousios River, forests, traditional architecture, delicious local products and traditional fare are all superb, and it’s an excellent place to learn more about culture in the Peloponnese.

Stemnitsa has an excellent folklore museum, where you can see the interior of a traditional home, Arcadia has an open-air water power museum, and then there are the beautiful monasteries of Prodromos and Philosophos, where the monks treat you to sweet loukoumi (the Greek version of Turkish delight). All-in-all it’s a place to be for all travellers who do not like mass tourism.”
Christos Panagiotopoulos from our specialist holiday company Arcas Travel:

Itinerary tips

“The Peloponnese is popular for its archaeological monuments. A visit to the archeological sites of Mycenae, Epidaurus with its ancient theatre, Ancient Olympia, which is the birthplace of the Olympic Games, Sparti and Mystras is a must. Moreover, there are numerous archaeological sites that are not so advertised and crowded, but have nothing to envy from the mentioned above, such as Ancient Tegea and Ancient Messini. The Peloponnese peninsula also consists of many cities that are a true masterpiece and every traveler should visit them, such as the castle cities of Mystras and Monemvasia as well as the Venetian castles of Nafplio and Methoni.”

Food & drink

“The area is connected with tradition and thus we produce many local goods of high quality. We have local wineries with the finest traditional wines that worth tasting them. We produce traditional delicious cheeses and the Greek famous honey with its exceptional flavour and its worldwide reputation!”

Best time to go

“The ideal seasons in the Peloponnese are spring and autumn, where the temperatures are not especially high, there is a small possibility of rain and thus, are indicated for a variety of outdoor activities. Especially in spring, nature is at its best! The flowers are blooming, the colours of nature are amazing and there are wonderful, fresh scents everywhere! The leaves in the trees and the grass start to blossom and the spring breeze refreshes you.”

National park tips

Chantel Kyriakopoulou-Beuvink from our holiday operator Natural Greece:
“Nature and hiking lovers rejoice: the Peloponnese is a paradise for lovers of wildflowers and butterflies. National Parks like Chelmos and Parnonas and Mount Taygetus host many endemic species. Many of the spring flower bulbs have their origins from this region and here you can admire carpets of them in the wild! Wherever the walking trail takes you, you will be surrounded by stories of mythology. After all, Hercules completed his first six labours in the land of Pelops!”

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Peloponnese advice from our travellers

At Responsible Travel, we think the best people to advise our travellers are often... other travellers. They always return from our tours with packing tips, weather reports, ideas about what to do – and opinions about what not to.

We have selected some of the most useful Peloponnese travel tips that our guests have provided over the years to help you make the most of your holiday – and the space inside your suitcase.
The Mani is such a beautiful region, with tall mountains coming down to the sea; I really recommend this trip to those who are a bit adventurous
– Karen Anderson
My tip is to go in Spring, when the hotels and restaurants are empty, the roads aren't busy, and the weather is cool enough to sleep with windows open at night, while being pleasantly warm during the day. I would also strongly encourage you to add days to the itinerary. I added at the beginning and the end, and am glad I did. – Greg Leibman on our Greece cycling holiday, archaeology tour

Think about the time of year you visit – we went at the beginning of October, and even so found it rather hot for mid day cycling, although the evenings were cool. The sites and towns were not as overcrowded as in high season. Much of the cycling is on small tracks with few hills, but of course there are hills to be climbed – you can always stop for breath or get off and push, (as I did once or twice but am not a super fit person)... There are lots of dogs, but mostly on chains or behind fences. Learn at least a few words of Greek and the alphabet if you don't already know the language – it is appreciated and gives more opportunity to interact with those you meet. Knowing your letters helps decipher road signs quickly! For those of you as old as us (late 60s), remember to take your varifocals so you can read the Garmin and the road ahead...! – Fiona Eccles on our Greece cycling holiday, archaeology tour.
Pace yourself as some of the climbs up (and down again) to monasteries, for example, are steep and uneven and more than 200 steps each way
– Margaret Carey
If you appreciate personalized care, great flexibility and a small group, this tour is excellent. We met the tour company owner for dinner the first night, and that proved to be a great orientation to Greece. The Mani is such a beautiful region, with tall mountains coming down to the sea; I really recommend this trip to those who are a bit adventurous and who want to see a part of Greece that's very different from your standard "Greek island vacation". – Karen Anderson on our Peloponnese holiday in Greece, Mani & Laconia.

It was absolutely fantastic to be able to visit so many places from the sea, going into small harbours and tying up among local fishing boats. Most visitors explore the Peloponnese by bus which involves long periods of travel, but we were never moored more than 30 minutes away from anything... It is a very intimate experience living with such a small group of fellow travellers and you have to be prepared to get along with others, as there is no escape for a week. We had a lovely group but I understand that not every group is the same – Hilary Richards on our Small ship cruise, ancient sites of the Peloponnese holiday.

Be aware that there is a lot of climbing up slopes and steps to the various monuments, and, at this time of year, in very warm sun, so good shoes and a sunhat essential. Also pace yourself as some of the climbs up (and down again) to monasteries, for example, are steep and uneven and more than 200 steps each way. – Margaret Carey on our tailor made holiday in Greece.
Written by Nana Luckham
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