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About Peloponnese

Backdrop to many of the highlights of Greek mythology, the beauty of the Peloponnese region has not been spoilt by the years. 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

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.

Monemvasia

On a tiny island 200m off the east coast of the Peloponnese, Monemvasia is best known for the spectacular castle fortress which sits atop an impressive plateau rising 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. The town's winding medieval streets and alleyways are only fit for pedestrians, so this is a quiet spot.

Away from all the historical sights the island also boasts fabulous beaches. Many of the best places for beach lovers are in the Messenia region where there are luxury eco developments and golf and beach resorts popping up. There are also plenty of wonderful little villages and seaside towns in this largely agricultural region. The capital, Kalamata, is famed for olives, it has a new marina and stylish new seafront development.

What not to miss:

  • Visit the ancient town of Olympia.
  • Travel back in time whilst strolling through the historic Byzantine cliffside town of Mystra.
  • Marvel at the palaces of Agamemnon and Nestor and the Greek theatre at Epidaurus.
  • Hike along picturesque trails in the rugged mountains.
  • Unwind on the picture perfect beaches.
  • Explore the forts and citadel of Nafplio.
  • Discover the tiny island of Monemvasia, rich in historical sights.

Such a beautiful area with much to see means that many of the best places to stay in the Peloponnese are quickly snapped up so make your plans and book early.

The Best Places to Stay in the Peloponnese

For great value

  • If you're looking for a good value base which offers excellent local recommendations then the Hotel Byron in Nafplio is perfect. 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.

  • Zoes Resort is 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.

  • Mazaraki Guesthouse is 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.

For hideaways

  • Citta dei Nicliani is a 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.
  • Petra and Fos Boutique Hotel and Spa is 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.

For chic town stays

  • Aetoma Hotel is a 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.

For village charm

  • Pirgos Mavromichali is a traditional tower building in a lovely village above a fishing cove. Traditional chic rooms have parquet floors and stone walls.

For foodies

  • Kyrimai House Hotel is 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.

For luxury

  • Five Star luxury on a beautiful olive and wine estate. Kinsterna Hotel and Spa is a traditional building with romantic terraces stepped into the valley, each with pools and relaxation areas. Sumptuous rooms and suites are chic and understated.
  • Nafplia Palace is a 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.
  • Find flawless luxury in the Peloponnese at Amanzo'e. This magnificent Aman hotel comes with signature jaw-dropping villas with private pools and fabulous views. Private beach club, Aman spa.

For beach lovers

  • 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.
  • Enalio Suites is 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.
  • Nikki Beach Resort and Spa is 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.

For families

  • Kalamitsi Hotel is 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 and groups.
  • Contemporary, minimal monastic-looking hotel set in six acres, with panoramic views of Mount Melon. Seleni Suites offers thirty stylish suites, good facilities and a children's playroom. A good base for an outdoor, active family holiday.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you're travelling with family or a group of friends it may be a better option to book a villa or apartment. For a wide range of properties for all tastes and budgets we recommend you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel information

  • The Peloponnese peninsular has no major airport, the nearest airport is Athens which is well served internationally. Travel by car, bus or train from Athens to Peloponnese.
  • The region is very hot in July and August. Plan a trip for September when the crowds will have abated.
  • If you plan to hire a car, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Peloponnese

  • Mazaraki Guesthouse 11 rooms from £75

    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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  • Hotel Byron, Nafplio 17 rooms from £35

    Nafplio

    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
    Traditional
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  • Seleni Suites 30 rooms from £96

    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 £100

    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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  • Anaxo Resort 10 rooms from £75

    Messenia, Peloponnese

    A sleek and modern resort with a traditional Greek twist, heart-wrenching views of the mountains or sea and spacious rooms and suites with light, minimalist decor. There is a pool, bar and garden that's ideal for reading in the shade of the golden sun.

    Beach Life  -  Pantazis beach is 1km away, near Agios Nicolaos, a peaceful fishing village
    Back to Nature
    Active Holiday
    Total relaxation
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  • Vetilios Lithos 4 rooms from £66

    Peloponnese

    Traditional Greek guesthouse with just two rooms and two suites. All rooms have private bathrooms, exposed stonework, soft hues, crisp white linen and the best have balconies. Indulgent breakfasts are served and there's an small atmospheric bar for an evening tipple.

    Romantic Break  -  Coco-mat mattresses and pillows, some rooms have terraces
    Back to Nature  -  Sat amongst olive groves, vineyards and rugged mountains
    Beach Life  -  A twelve minute walk from the beach
    Honeymoons  -  Gorgeously-adorned bridal suite
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  • Nikki Beach Resort & Spa 66 rooms from £185

    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 £833

    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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  • Tainaron Blue 3 rooms from £202

    Peloponnese

    A small hotel set perched atop a cliff boasting spectacular sea views. Converted by the architect owners this three bedroom property exudes style and luxury from the beautifully created sun loungers, stylish cavern-like rooms and superb restaurant. Ideal for a quiet retreat away from the crowds.

    Total relaxation  -  A tranquil and luxurious clifftop escape.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the small archaeological site at Cape Tainaron.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Kyrimai House Hotel 22 rooms from £70

    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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  • Aetoma Hotel 5 rooms from £68

    Nafplio

    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!
    Families
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  • Kellia 12 rooms from £58

    Monemvasia

    A chic guesthouse located in the historic Castle of Monemvasia. Individually styled rooms are packed full of charm with exposed stone walls, beamed ceilings and antique furniture. Indulgent breakfasts are served and wine and olive oil tasting can be arranged on site.

    Local exploring  -  From days by the sea to cultural attractions, Monemvasia has a host of activities to offer.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Medieval Fortress and Agia Sofia Church,
    Full of character
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Alistos Hotel 17 rooms from £107

    Peloponnese

    A luxury property boasting a secluded and beautiful location in the region of Mani. Rooms are contemporary with luxurious bathrooms, crisp white linen, plush headboards, beamed ceilings. A superb restaurant. Spend days on the beach, trekking the countryside or discovering the local historic sites.

    Local exploring  -  From beaches to historical sights there's plenty to see and do in the area.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Full of character
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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  • Nafplia Palace 84 rooms from £182

    Nafplio

    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
    Luxury
    Beach Life
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Tablet
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  • Mythies Stone Houses from £184

    Peloponnese

    Four newly built villas blending perfectly into their rural surrounds. Mixing local stone, plenty of glass and clean design the properties are chic and modern yet have an authentic feel. Featuring uber modern kitchens, plenty of shady areas to dine in private and a glorious pool.

    Families  -  The individual villas and self-catering facilities make this an ideal option for families.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Beaufort Castle which was the Acropolis of the ancient city of Lefktron.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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  • Pirgos Mavromichali 13 rooms from £70

    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.
    Traditional
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • Alika Resort 4 rooms from £93

    Peloponnese

    A striking grey-stone building boasting a tranquil and beautiful rural location. Inside, rooms are spacious and mix traditional and modern styles with exposed stone walls, beamed ceilings, whitewashed walls and simple minimalist furniture. A serene base from which to explore the region.

    Local exploring  -  Boasting a quiet location but within easy reach of the beaches and cultural attractions of Mani.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the historic castle town of Vatheia.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Enalio Suites 11 rooms from £79

    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 £79

    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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  • Antares Hotel 12 rooms from £123

    Areopolis, Peloponnese

    A beautifully restored rural property set in beautiful and secluded countryside. Rooms are traditional yet chic with exposed stone, beamed ceiling and crisp white linen. A tranquil spot from which to explore this fascinating region.

    Country Escape  -  A quiet rural escape with access to beautiful countryside and the sea.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the spectacular Diros caves.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Zoes Resort 28 rooms from £61

    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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  • Kinsterna Hotel & Spa 27 rooms from £163

    Monemvasia

    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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  • Kalamitsi Hotel 26 rooms from £79

    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
    Groups
    Families
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
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  • Citta dei Nicliani 7 rooms from £63

    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
    Traditional
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
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