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Peloponnese Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Peloponnese, created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

Language Greek
Time Difference 2 hours
Currency Euro
Voltage 230V

Separated from the mainland by the Corinth Canal, and ringed by sandy bays to the west and rocky shores to the east, this mighty peninsula oozes mythical mystery. The region is littered with amazing examples of millennia-old amphitheatres, classical temples, Venetian fortresses, Mycenaean palaces, Byzantine cities and other fascinating archaeological sites tucked in lush, craggy landscapes – many are featured on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. For lovers of outdoor adventures, activities range from hiking along coastal paths and diving in underwater parks, to world-class golf and chartered sailing.

The Peloponnese is also a place to get to know locals, a wonderfully welcoming bunch of people keen to show you their traditional way of life - whether they are fishermen, olive oil farmers or wine makers. Come and explore this magnificent region and uncover the real Greece…

Highlights+
Island-hopping

The high-speed watercraft at the stunning Amanzoe resort will whisk you to crowd-free beaches on uninhabited islands, or to picturesque, cosmopolitan gems like Spetses and Hydra, both delightfully car-free and known for their rich maritime heritage. Explore tiny Spetses by horse-drawn carriage, admiring its neoclassical architecture, before stretching out horizontally on a pine-fringed beach. Meanwhile, Hydra is a yachting paradise with a buzzing atmosphere, crammed with harbourside restaurants and exclusive shops. Charmingly traditional, the most popular mode of transport on Hydra is a donkey!

Golf

Costa Navarino is a luxury golf destination, offering superb facilities on Greece’s first two 18-hole signature courses. Wrapped in a stunning sea and olive grove setting, The Dunes Course was designed by US Masters Champion, Bernhard Langer, while The Bay Course is another knockout from Robert Trent Jones Junior. Great year-round weather means great year-round play and there are various golfing packages on offer.

Scenery

The Peloponnese is a land of majestic natural beauty just begging to be explored – boasting sandy beaches, rocky coves, vast gorges, shimmering lakes, snow-capped mountains, fertile valleys, dense forests, rivers and caves. Places to note include Gialova Lagoon, a main stopover site for migratory birds and sole European refuge for the African chameleon. Taygetos is the tallest mountain in the Peloponnese, standing at 2,407m tall; showcasing prolific plant-life, it is a haven for botanists and eco-tourists. There is also the tremendous gorge of the Neda River, named after a nymph who looked after baby Zeus, alongside the stunning Polylimnio Waterfalls, a great spot to cool off in the midday heat.

Beaches

The Peloponnese’s coastline is dramatically jagged, revealing unexpected and pretty coves of sand, which tend not to be as crowded as other parts of Greece. Relax along the Costa Navarino’s pristine shores of sweeping strands and idyllic, golden-sugar coves, or head to the clean, turquoise seas at Finikounda. The astonishingly pretty bay at Voidokilia is home to an extraordinary semi-circle of fine sands sitting below the Old Frankish castle and cave of Pylos’s mythical King Nestor. Nestled between pretty, gnarled olive trees and warm, translucent waters, Voidokilia has won accolades for its historical and geological significance.

History

Shrouded in the mists of time, a top pick in The Peloponnese is the archaeological jewel that is the Sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus, a huge site overlooking the Saronic Gulf and known for its giant 14,000-seat theatre (hosting ancient Greek drama in summer). Discover the chequered past of Ancient Messini, built in 369BC and boasting well-preserved ramparts stretching 9km, or visit Ancient Olympia, famed as the ‘Birthplace of the Olympic Games’ and home to a magnificent stadium. Next, the Temple of Apollo Epicurius is a splendid example of Classical design, while the superb Byzantine monastery of Andromonastiro and the elaborate royal Palace of Nestor are also worth a glimpse.

Climate+

Most of the Peloponnese enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild, damp winters. Summer temperatures hover around 30 degrees Celsius, with frequent heatwaves reaching 40 degrees. Inland and in higher regions, temperatures can plummet, especially in winter. The eastern side of the Peloponnese tends to be the driest corner of the peninsula year-round.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Peloponnese.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January1253
February1344
March1750
April2149
May2635
June3240
July3322
August332
September2922
October2352
November1762
December1270

Getting There+

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Travel Documentation+

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Health+

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/

In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Visit the FCO website and select your destination country for the very latest travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice. Additional sources of information include: www.hpa.org.uk, http://nathnac.net, www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.

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