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About Peloponnese

Backdrop to many of the highlights of Greek mythology, the beauty of the Peloponnese region has not been spoiled by the years. And for many visitors the construction of now ruined Mycenaean palaces, Roman theatres, Venetian fortresses and Byzantine churches has added to the appeal and our recommendations for the best places to stay in the Peloponnese are all great bases from which to explore this region. In addition you'll find that most are also within easy reach of the perfect sandy coves and rugged, cypress covered coastlines.

Originally the Peloponnese peninsula was part of mainland Greece, but it's been cut off by the Corinth Canal. This is a large region, but however long you have to spend here you'll probably finding yourself not being quite ready to leave.

Historic Highlights of the Peloponnese

The modern town of Olympia is only 500metres from the ancient one, sight of the first Olympics and their home for a millennium. This lush, green sanctuary is one of the most popular sights on a tour of the ancient Peloponnese world.

Closely followed by Byzantine cliffside town, Mystra. Once home to 20,000 people, this was the last refuge of the Byzantine empire, after they took it from the Franks in the 13th Century. Wandering these streets is like travelling back in time, as gates, palaces, churches, frescos and tiny details of everyday life have survived here.

But of course visitors won't want to miss the palaces of Agamemnon at Mycenae, the palaces of Nestor at Pylos and the Greek theatre at Epidaurus.

Nature's Treasures

As well as the beautiful coastline, this region also has mountains high enough to get enough snow for some decent skiing, some dramatic gorges cutting up the landscape of citrus orchards and vineyards, and countryside just begging to be hiked through.

The mountains of Arkadia, still relatively wild and unspoiled, are a wonderful place to explore on foot, as is the Mani Peninsula.


Nafplio or Nauplia was the first modern capital of Greece, a romantic looking town of elegant Venetian houses lining narrow streets. Its location is romantic too, beneath the Palamidi Fortress, a vast citadel built on top of an outcrop of rock 200ms above Nauplia's port. The fortress is just the literal tip of the historic points of interest here. Nauplia is an ancient town, with numerous museums, several smaller forts, and some charming churches.

  • If you're looking for a good value base which offers excellent local recommendations, one of the best places to stay in the Peloponnese is the Hotel Byron in Nafplio. This townhouse has been converted from an ancient building, right in the heart of the old town. If you get one of the balcony rooms you'll have a wonderful view of the rest of the town, and the sea. With rooms starting from just £33 per night, this is perfect for those on a budget.


On a tiny island 200m off the east coast of the Peloponnese, Monemvasia is best known for its spectacular castle fortress, which sits atop an impressive plateau which rises sharply out of the sea. This is one of the best places to stay in the Peloponnese for folks with an interest in history. As well as the town's medieval walls there are also several Byzantine churches, and of course the castle. And the town's winding medieval streets and alleyways are only fit for pedestrians, so this is a quiet spot.

  • The Malvasia is one of the best places to stay in the Peloponnese if you're looking for somewhere historic and romantic. Converted from a collection of ancient Venetian buildings, this was the first hotel built in the historic, walled town of Monemvasia - right between the castle and spectacular views of the sea.

For beach lovers

Many of the best places to stay in the Peloponese for beach lovers are in the Messenia region, where there are luxury eco developments and golf and beach resorts popping up. But there are also plenty of wonderful little villages and seaside towns in this largely agricultural region. Its capital, Kalamata, is famed for its olives, but it's also got a new marina and stylish new seafront development.

  • Smyros Resort is off the beaten track a bit, and one of the best places to stay in the Peloponnese if you want to get away to somewhere sleepy and relaxing. There's no beach here, but there's rocky access to the sea, and spectacular sea views. Accommodation is simple and traditional, as is the very welcoming welcome. Reasonably priced rooms and family suites mean this is also one of our top choices for families.

Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in the Peloponnese, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in Peloponnese

  • Hotel Byron, Nafplio 17 rooms from $46


    Small, pretty townhouse hotel with balconies and views and a sunny terrace above the harbour, a good value base for local exploring.

    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Zoes Resort 28 rooms from $80

    Gialova, Peloponnese

    A great value hotel on the beach in a lovely village. Simply decorated rooms and apartments have sea-facing balconies and extra beds. Rustic Greek restaurant and terrace, pool, and immediate access to the beach. Ideal for families, groups and those on a budget.

    Families  -  16 apartments.
    Groups  -  3 bed rooms.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    On the beach  -  Situated on a beautiful beach on the northern shores of Navarino Bay
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  • Citta dei Nicliani 7 rooms from $82

    Koita, Peloponnese

    Hidden gem in the Mani Peninsula. The ancient building has been lovingly restored and offers spacious rooms with exposed stone and wood, and antique furnishings. Delicious dinners are created from the freshest local ingredients. A perfect and romantic hideaway for experiencing authentic Greece.

    Great walks  -  The Mani Peninsula has great walks from short hikes to much longer trails
    Sights nearby  -  Plenty of Ancient and Byzantine site close by
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
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  • Malvasia 21 rooms from $86


    Historic charm in a unique location, with dazzling views, close to Monemvasia castle. Rooms have rugs, antiques and plenty of character some with vaulted stone ceilings and terraces with magnificent views over the mediaeval town and Mediterranean Sea. A perfect spot to experience the real Greece.

    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sights nearby  -  Just outside the gates of Monemvasia Castle
    Full of character
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
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  • Aetoma Hotel 5 rooms from $89


    Charming 'neoclassical' pension in an 18th century mansion in the old Venetian town of Nafplio with wonderful sea views. An excellent base for exploring ancient Greek sites in the Peloponnese. Family run, the delightful owners give a warm welcome. Everything from the jams to the bread are homemade.

    Town  -  Picturesque streets and alleys, neoclassical architecture, Venetian balconies, old forts, cafes and restaurants
    Local exploring  -  The historic seaport of Nafplio is one of the most beautiful and romantic cities in Greece
    B+B  -  Wonderful breakfasts in the sunny first floor dining room served until midday!
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  • Kyrimai House Hotel 22 rooms from $91

    Gerolimenas, Peloponnese

    A rustic chic hotel with zen spaces and an award-winning restaurant. Beautiful rooms and suites have polished wooden floors, sophisticate neutral furnishings, hot tubs, and balconies. Excellent Mediterranean cuisine, pool, and the delights of the Ionian sea for beach life. Romantic, gourmet.

    Foodies  -  Award-winning kitchen.
    Romantic Break
    Private Hot Tub
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Pirgos Mavromichali 13 rooms from $91

    Limeni, Peloponnese

    A traditional tower building in a lovely village above a fishing cove. Traditional chic rooms have parquet floors and stone walls. Lovely terraces and views out to sea. An excellent restaurant and lots to discover. An understated spot with a great history behind it.

    Views  -  Magical views of both the sea and mountains.
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the historic harbour of Limeni
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Mazaraki Guesthouse 11 rooms from $97

    Sparta, Peloponnese

    A chic and charming traditionally built B&B, overlooking the vast Laconian Plain. Rooms are surrounded by lush greenery and offer achingly pretty interiors, fireplaces, kitchens, and superb views of the Byzantine castle of Mystras. The homely and informal atmosphere is contagious.

    Local exploring  -  Surrounded by stunning mountains and medieval ruins, this hotel is a great base if you want to explore the countryside.
    Total relaxation  -  It is the perfect place to sit back, relax and unwind for a few days, guests have the option to read, swim or explore.
    Romantic Break  -  Cosy rooms with a kitchenette and fireplaces, offering wonderful views from its private balconies.
    Writing a novel  -  Be inspired by the peacefulness and superb views, plus writing desks are provided.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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  • Enalio Suites 11 rooms from $103

    Korinthos, Peloponnese

    A lovely practical hotel on the beach front. Modern suites with sea-facing balconies (some sleep 4) have kitchenettes and all the mod cons. Excellent pool and lounge area, and a stone's throw from the beach and surrounding sights. Ideal for families.

    Families  -  Some rooms sleep 4.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sights nearby  -  Close to ancient Corinth, ancient Mycenae, Nafplio and much more!
    On the beach  -  Direct access to Lecheo beach
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  • Smyros Resort 35 rooms from $103

    Leonidio, Peloponnese

    Atmospheric property with superb sea views in a romantic, off the beaten track location. The resort is crafted from traditional stone and offers simple yet chic accommodation. There is no beach, but you can access the sea from the rocks and there is a large outdoor pool.

    Views  -  All rooms enjoy panoramic views
    Swimming Pool  -  Large Outdoor pool
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Kalamitsi Hotel 26 rooms from $103

    Kardamili, Peloponnese

    A lovely hotel in a beautiful location. Orchards and olive groves lead down to the beach. A selection of rooms, family bungalows, and suites with kitchenettes cater to families, groups and couples. Charming terraces and restaurant. A tranquil spot.

    Garden  -  Lovely orchards and olive groves.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
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  • Seleni Suites 30 rooms from $126

    Arcadia, Peloponnese

    Contemporary, minimal monastic-looking hotel set in six acres, with panoramic views of Mount Melon. Thirty stylish suites, good facilities and a children's playroom. A good base for an outdoor, active family holiday. Wonderful walks and archaeological sites to explore.

    Bar  -  The Seleni bar and lounge delicious cocktail sand good music - Latin, Soul, Jazz, rock
    Restaurant  -  Black and white restaruant offering Mediterranean cuisine
    Child friendly  -  Well equipped children's playroom and safe garden
    Country Escape
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Petra & Fos Boutique Hotel & Spa 23 rooms from $130

    Itilo, Peloponnese

    A magnificent traditional stone-built hotel, on the dramatic southern cliff of Mt. Taigetos. Brimming with authenticity, the elegant rooms feature beautiful exposed stone walls and wooden beamed ceilings. Relax by the pool and absorb the stunning panoramas of the gulf of Itilo. A coastal wonder.

    Hideaway  -  The secluded cliff-side setting and charming rooms, make for a perfect romantic escape.
    Fishing  -  Head out on a deep sea fishing adventure and explore the cost from another perspective.
    Diving  -  The surrounding coastline is great for scuba diving.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Caves of Diros.
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  • Kinsterna Hotel & Spa 27 rooms from $213


    Five Star luxury on a beautiful olive and wine estate. A traditional building with romantic terraces stepped into the valley, each with pools and relaxation areas. Sumptuous rooms and suites are chic and understated. Excellent restaurant, beautiful views. Dreamy.

    Garden  -  The estate produces its own crop of wine and olive oil.
    Total relaxation
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, CN Traveller, Tablet
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  • Nafplia Palace 84 rooms from $237


    Highly luxurious hotel in a beautiful setting. Sea-facing rooms and suites in contemporary style with private balconies, all the mod cons and private pools. Two excellent restaurants, pool, and private beach. A holiday haven for romantics.

    Views  -  Over the Bay of Argolis
    Beach Life
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Nikki Beach Resort & Spa 66 rooms from $241

    Argolis, Peloponnese

    A sleek beach side hotel with chic contemporary interiors and white on white design throughout. The rooms boast epic sea views from the floor to ceiling windows. With a choice of four restaurants and lounges to suit all occasions and an expansive spa and infinity pool to aid total relaxation. Bliss.

    Beach Life  -  Situated directly on a beautiful white sand beach, with stunning coastal views and excellent seafood.
    Local markets  -  Explore the local markets of Porto Heli and pick up some regional treats.
    Great walks  -  Take long walks through the rugged countryside and along the epic coast.
    Sailing  -  The hotel dock provides anchorage for yachts of all sizes.
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  • Amanzo'e 38 rooms from $1086

    Argolida, Peloponnese

    Flawless luxury in the Peloponnese. This magnificent Aman hotel comes with signature jaw-dropping villas with private pools and fabulous views. Private beach club, Aman spa. Heaven on earth for discerning guests and families who like a balance of total privacy and Five Star hotel facilities.

    Suites  -  Dazzling private pavilions set in their own gardens with stunning views of an azure Mediterranean and private pools
    Other Activities  -  Back to nature, sailing, island hopping, water sports, hiking, archaeological sites to explore, or just chilling
    Restaurant  -  Four restaurants, alfresco dining, formal and informal, top chefs produce exquisite dishes
    Watersports  -  A fleet of boats and yachts comes with the beach club
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
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