Last updated on July 14th, 2024 at 08:18 am

If there’s one place in Greece that was made for a road trip, it’s the Peloponnese and this guide is your tool to plan the perfect Peloponnese road trip.

A region loved for its diversity, rich history and spectacular scenery that alternates from high mountain tops to crystal-clear waters to fairytale-like little villages and towns, the Peloponnese is one of the most beautiful lesser-known places to visit in Greece.

As advocates of slow travel, we believe that the Peloponnese is also the ideal destination for a slow road trip to remember. In this article, you’ll learn how to reach the Peloponnese, what it’s like to drive in the Peloponnese and all the stops you should make during your Peloponnese road trip.

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Where Is The Peloponnese

Connected to mainland Greece via the Corinth Canal bridges, the Peloponnese is a peninsula in Southern Greece. Known for its important ancient sites, breathtaking mountainous landscapes and long sandy beaches, the Peloponnese is that region in Greece that has it all.

Best Time To Explore The Peloponnese on a Road Trip

Thanks to its diversity, the Peloponnese is a year-round destination. As it’s still one of the lesser-known destinations in Greece, it doesn’t feel crammed, not even during the high season. However, if you’re mindful of responsible travel in Greece, you should avoid the peak season anyway. Not to mention that the summer months can get unbearably hot.

A cat is walking in front of a typical white house with blue windows and a red-tiled roof.
In the Peloponnese, life has a seductively low pace

How To Get To The Peloponnese

By Plane & Rental Car

If you plan to travel to Greece by plane, Athens International Airport is the closest to the Peloponnese. Once in Athens, the best way to get to the Peloponnese is by hiring a car from Athens Airport. The Corinth Canal, the gateway to the Peloponnese, is only an hour and a half drive from Athens.

If you plan to spend a few days in the Greek capital before setting off on your Peloponnese road trip, read our comprehensive guides about how to spend 3 days in Athens and how to plan a trip to Athens.

Alternatively, you can fly directly to Kalamata and hire a car from there. In this case, it’d be wiser to explore only the South of the Peloponnese. However, international flights to Kalamata are not frequent and only operate in the summer months.

By Your Own Car

If you’re already travelling around Europe in your own car, you can drive to the Peloponnese via either the Corinth Canal or the impressive Rio-Antirrio Bridge. The ferry from the Italian ports of Ancona or Bari to Patras in Western Greece is a great option for those who want to combine Italy and Greece on the same itinerary.

View of the Corinth Canal and the railway bridge in the background. This is the first highlight on your Peloponnese road trip.
The impressive Corinth Canal

Driving in The Peloponnese

Road Network

The Peloponnese has two main highways. The first connects Corinth to Kalamata and Sparta and the other links Corinth to Patras and Pyrgos. Along the highways, there are serviced rest areas. Moreover, there are free parking areas with restroom facilities. Some of them are equipped with machines where you can refill your bottle with drinkable water produced from the air humidity with the sun’s help.

Apart from the highways, a wide network of main roads and B-roads runs through rural landscapes, picturesque villages and seaside towns. Keep in mind that some of these aren’t in the best condition while the network is complemented with several dirt roads, too. Therefore, it may be a good idea to rent a car that sits high off the ground, like an SUV.

Greek Drivers

Apart from the road conditions, another thing you should watch out for when driving in the Peloponnese is the behaviour of Greek drivers, as they don’t always respect the speed limits. It’s not like they pose a great threat to your safety, though. You’ll be just fine if you follow the rules and speed limits yourselves.

Toll Stations

There are several toll stations along the highways. Actually, they may feel a bit too many. Once at a toll station, you can pay the tolls directly to a toll collector by card or cash (blue sign) or at the automatic payment machines (green sign).

Make sure you don’t enter the lane for e-pass holders (yellow sign), as these are only available to Greek drivers. If you need a tool to calculate the toll payment in advance, we use this one.

View of a toll station in the Peloponnese from inside the car.
Approaching one of – admittedly – many toll stations

Gas Stations

Like almost everywhere in Greece, the Peloponnese has no shortage of petrol stations. Gas stations are almost always serviced and you’ll probably find at least one petrol station open until late at night.

Parking

By and large, parking isn’t a problem in the Peloponnese except for major cities or historic centres. In most cases, you can park at the municipal parking lots or along the streets for free. However, always watch out for signs or colour markings that indicate paid parking spaces or spots reserved for residents. If you’re not sure, double-check with your hotel.

By the way, when booking your accommodation, check if a free parking space is included in your booking or if parking is easy to find around the hotel.

A parking lot by the sea in Pylos with paddles after a rainy morning. Two kids are playing in the background.
Who said that parking lots can’t offer excellent photo ops?

Travel Resources To Help You Plan The Perfect Road Trip in The Peloponnese

How This Slow Peloponnese Road Trip Itinerary Works

As you’re about to see, this Peloponnese road trip guide is organised by the best places to stay in the Peloponnese, assuming that you’ll follow a circular route that starts and ends in Athens. From each city or town you use as a base, you can explore not only the city itself but also its surroundings on easy day trips.

In this Peloponnese itinerary, we’ve included all the cities, towns, amazing sites and places of interest we regard as unmissable in the Peloponnese but it’s fully customisable. Of course, we recommend how many days you need to explore each area at a slow pace. Yet, it all comes down to how much time you have to spare.

So, even if you don’t have enough time to follow the entire Peloponnese route we’re suggesting, you can create your own Peloponnese road trip version by choosing the stops that better fit your travel interests and schedule. If you have limited time, just pick one part of the region to explore. Otherwise, take your time, embrace slow travel and enjoy this gorgeous part of Greece.

Our Peloponnese Road Trip Map

Before going into more detail, here’s our Peloponnese road trip itinerary on Google Maps:

How To Avoid All The Logistics of Your Peloponnese Itinerary

If you’d rather have someone else deal with the logistics of your Peloponnese road trip though, we’ve teamed up with JayWay Travel, a US-based boutique tour operator with local staff all over Europe that create custom itineraries, tailored to your specific travel needs and desires.

You can have a look at a sample two-week Peloponnese itinerary here. But, remember, this is just one of countless versions the expert JayWay trip planners can come up with for you.

A panoramic view of the lush landscape with the Corinthian Gulf in the background.
The kind of views you get when driving across the Peloponnese

The Ultimate Peloponnese Itinerary

1. Ancient Corinth

An ancient city with a glorious past, Ancient Corinth should be your first stop in the Peloponnese if you’re driving from Athens. Ancient Corinth is about one and a half hours from Athens International Airport if you arrive by plane. It will take you about the same time from Patras if you take the Italy to Greece ferry.

Highlights of Ancient Corinth & Around

  • Corinth Canal: The construction of the Corinth Canal was based on a concept dating back to the 7th century BC. Back in the day, before the artificial canal was dug, turning the Peloponnese Peninsula into an island, ships would cross the narrow land stripe that connects mainland Greece to the Peloponnese through a land track called Diolkos. The Corinth Canal as we know it today was completed in 1893.
  • Acrocorinth: Overlooking Ancient Corinth and the surrounding area, Acrocorinth is one of the most impressive fortresses in Greece. It’s free to visit and has a spacious parking lot. Keep in mind that the walking path from the entrance to the top of the fortress is steep and, sometimes, slippery.
  • Archaeological Site of Ancient Corinth: Situated in the heart of Ancient Corinth, the archaeological site features remarkable monuments, such as the 6th-century BC Temple of Apollo and a restored archaeological museum with a vast collection of artefacts from Ancient Greece. To make the most of your visit to Ancient Corinth, consider this insightful self-guided tour.
  • Loutraki: A short drive from Ancient Corinth, Loutraki is a seaside spa town, ideal for pampering and relaxation.
  • Vouliagmeni Lake: A landscape of outstanding natural beauty, Vouliagmeni Lake is the perfect place to enjoy downtime by the lake’s shore. Other points of interest near the lake are the Archaeological Site of Heraion and Melagavi Lighthouse.

Suggested Time To Spend in Ancient Corinth

Two to three full days.

Where To Stay in Ancient Corinth

We recommend staying in Ancient Corinth instead of the modern city of Corinth. Ancient Corinth is more picturesque and a great base for your Peloponnese road trip. This boutique guesthouse is great to begin your adventure in the Peloponnese region.

View of the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth.
Ancient Corinth is one of the most gorgeous yet underrated archaeological sites in Greece

2. Nafplio

About an hour’s drive from Ancient Corinth, Nafplio is the next stop on your Peloponnese itinerary. Below, you will find a small sample of what you can do in Nafplio, but you can also read our list of all the amazing things to do in and around Nafplio, the first capital of Greece.

Highlights of Nafplio & Around

  • Nafplio Old Town: We’ve been to Nafplio many times and the first thing we always do once there is to wander around the narrow streets of its Old Town. Get lost in the Old Town’s maze and learn Greece’s modern history through important buildings, museums and churches.
  • Palamidi Castle: Overlooking Nafplio and the Argolic Gulf, Palamidi Fortress played a significant part during the Ottoman-Venetian Wars and the Greek War of Independence. You can get there by car or by climbing its 857 steps.
  • Mycenae: A 30-minute drive from Nafplio, the thriving ancient civilisation of Mycenae awaits you for a journey into ancient history and Greek mythology. A short walk from the main archaeological site of Mycenae is the Treasure of Atreus, an imposing Tholos Tomb. Buy your skip-the-line tickets to Mycenae here.
  • Ancient Epidaurus: Nowadays, the indisputable highlight of Ancient Epidaurus is its Ancient Theatre, renowned for its excellent acoustics. However, back in the day, people from all over the ancient world flocked to Epidaurus for a cure at the Sanctuary of Asclepius, a popular ancient healing centre. It takes 30 minutes to get there by car from Nafplio. Buy your skip-the-line tickets to Ancient Epidaurus here.
  • Nemea: Halfway between Corinth and Nafplio, Nemea is a popular wine region in Greece, renowned for the Agiorgitiko grape variety. To learn about the region’s wine-making history, there are plenty of wineries for wine tastings and vineyard tours to choose from.

Suggested Time To Spend in Nafplio

Three to four full days.

Where To Stay in Nafplio

The Old Town is the best place to stay in Nafplio, even if parking can be challenging. However, the large free parking area at the port is just a short walk from the Old Town. One of our favourite hotels in Nafplio is Impero Luxury Suites.

Panoramic view of Nafplio's Old Town and Akronafplia from Palamidi Castle.
Nafplio is one of the best places to visit in Greece

3. Mystras

Less than two hours by car from Nafplio, Mystras is a small town built at the foot of Taygetus Mountain near Sparta. Mystras is the perfect place to explore the region’s Byzantine past.

Highlights of Mystras & Around

  • Archaeological Site of Mystras: Spread across the steep slopes of Taygetus Mountain, the fortified town of Mystras was the former Byzantine capital of the Moreas Despotate. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mystras features a Frankish citadel at the top of the hill, churches with important wall paintings, the Palace of the Despots and urban buildings. Be aware that the tourist trail inside the archaeological site is uphill.
  • Kaiadas Cave: A 15-minute drive from Mystras, Kaiadas is considered the notorious cavern where Ancient Spartans got rid of the unwanted members of Ancient Sparta’s military society. Unhealthy newborns, criminals and traitors were thrown into the depths of the Kaiadas Cave. Don’t expect to see much at the spot but the cave’s opening.
  • Leonidas Statue: Leonidas was the brave king of Ancient Sparta during the second Greek-Persian War in the fifth century BC. Erected in 1969 in the New Town of Sparta, the Statue of Leonidas proudly stands as a reminder of Sparta’s glorious past.
  • Wellness: Amid a lush landscape of rare natural beauty, Mystras is a top destination for a wellness-oriented vacation. Therefore, if you want to be pampered, you might want to add a couple more days for a unique stay at one of the area’s top-rated luxury hotels.

Suggested Time To Spend in Mystras

One full day.

Where To Stay in Mystras

Mystras is home to several traditional guesthouses, such as Pyrgos of Mystras. Alternatively, you can splurge on Euphoria Retreat, a renowned wellness and spa resort.

Byzantine ruins in the archaeological site of Mystras.
Mystras seems like a dream

4. Monemvasia

An hour and a half from Mystras by car, Monemvasia is located on the eastern coast of the Peloponnese. With one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Greece, Monemvasia is an unmatched medieval town and a must-stop on any Peloponnese itinerary.

While there, not only can you explore Monemvasia Castle, but you can also discover remarkable natural attractions scattered across the region of Laconia. For more details, you can read our comprehensive travel guide to Monemvasia.

Highlights of Monemvasia & Around

  • Monemvasia Castle: Built on a small rocky island connected to the mainland by a sole causeway, Monenvasia Castle is divided into three parts: the Lower Town, the Upper Town and the Acropolis. Stroll along Kalderimi, the Lower Town’s main street, climb up to the Upper Town and visit the Acropolis for a fairytale-like experience in a Byzantine setting.
  • Limin Gerakas: A 30-minute drive from Monemvasia, Limin Gerakas is a fjord-like port and one of the best attractions in the Laconia region. Stroll around the seaside village of Gerakas and have lunch at one of the port’s family-run restaurants.
  • Kastania Cave: Located at the southern tip of the Peloponnese, Kastania Cave is about an hour’s drive from Monemvasia. With fantastic formations along its 500-metre route, the three-million-year-old underground chamber is one of the best caves in Greece.
  • Petrified Forest of Laconia: If you continue driving from Kastania Cave towards the southern coast, you will come across an impressive landscape with fossils of palm trees. This open-air geological museum with its lunar landscape is a fascinating experience, perfect for both grown-ups and little ones.

Suggested Time To Spend in Monemvasia

Three to four full days.

Where To Stay in Monemvasia

The modern town of Monemvasia that extends on the mainland across the bridge has plenty of accommodation options and it’s a good base to explore the area. However, we recommend staying in Monemvasia Castle as spending the night in such a unique ambience is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We’ve stayed at this boutique hotel in Monemvasia Castle twice and we can’t recommend it enough.

Panoramic view of Monemvasia Lower Town.
No words can describe the beauty of Monemvasia

5. Elafonisos

After a multiday sightseeing tour across the Peloponnese, you might need some downtime. The best place to relax is the laid-back small island of Elafonisos.

Take the coastal road from Monemvasia to Neapoli via Agios Fokas and, in an hour, you’ll reach Pounta Port. From there, it’s a nine-minute ferry ride to the tiny Greek Island across the tip of the Laconian Peninsula. Elafonisos is one of the best car-free islands in Greece. Therefore, if you don’t want to take your car on the island, you can leave it at Pounta Port.

Highlights of Elafonisos & Around

  • Pavlopetri Beach: Before getting on the ferry to Elafonisos or on your way back, spend some time at Pavlopetri Beach, just a few steps from Pounta Port. We promised there would be no sightseeing at this stop, but you might be interested in exploring an ancient settlement, dating back to 2800 BC, spread across Pavlopetri’s seabed. All you need is basic snorkelling gear.
  • Simos Beach: With turquoise waters and dunes up to ten metres high, Simos Beach is the indisputable highlight of Elafonisos. Simos is a short drive or taxi ride from Elafonisos Town. The beach is split into two parts. Therefore, you can spend your day between Large Simos and Small Simos.

Suggested Time To Spend in Elafonisos

Two to three full days.

Where To Stay in Elafonisos

Elafonisos Town is where most of the island’s accommodation options are located. It’s hard to find a big hotel here as most are family-run guesthouses and B&Bs. Have a look at availability and prices here.

Agios Spiridonas Church built on an islet connected to Elafonisos Town via a causeway.
Elafonisos provides the setting for the most tranquil break

6. Areopoli

After a few relaxing days in Elafonisos, it’s time to get back on the road. Drive for two hours until you reach Areopoli, the main town of the Mani Peninsula, a sub-region that represents the raw beauty of Greece, with plenty of small villages to visit and a lot of great things to do.

Highlights of Areopoli & Around

  • Historic Centre of Areopoli: With its defensive towers dominating the sky, Areopoli or Areopolis is beyond words beautiful. Apart from offering you the chance to time-travel into the past with its gorgeous architecture, Areopoli is also the perfect base from where to explore the entire Mani Peninsula.
  • Diros Caves: We’ve been to several caves in Greece. Yet, if only one had to top our list, that would be the Lake Caves of Diros. The only way to explore the cave complex is on a boat. The route is about one and a half kilometres and the exciting boat ride lasts 25 minutes. The Diros Caves complex is a 15-minute drive from Areopoli.
  • Limeni: Near Areopoli, the picturesque seaside village of Limeni is a great place for a relaxing walk and a delicious lunch or dinner.
  • Vathia: Drive to the south of the Mani Peninsula through a bare yet beautiful landscape of rocks, olive trees and stone walls. Within 40 minutes, you will arrive at one of the most beautiful villages in Greece. Built atop a hill, Vathia is home to about 70 defensive towers reflecting the typical Maniot architecture. Nowadays, the village is abandoned. However, it’s worth wandering around its streets under the shadow of once-mighty towers.
  • Cape Tainaro: One of the best hikes in Greece is the one to Cape Tainaro. Also called Cape Matapan, it’s the southernmost point of mainland Greece. The hike to Cape Tainaro starts from the end of the road in Kokkinogeia, a 20-minute drive from Vathia. It takes about two hours to the cape and back. The difficulty level is quite easy, but wear proper shoes, as the trail is rocky, and a hat because there is no shade.

Suggested Time To Spend in Areopoli

Three to four full days.

Where To Stay in Areopoli

Areopoli is particularly pretty at night and any of these small hotels and guesthouses would be ideal for your Mani adventure.

Panoramic view of the abandoned towers in Vatheia Mani, an unmissable stop on your Peloponnese road trip.
The abandoned village of Vathia and its otherworldly charm

7. Kalamata

The winding coastal road from Areopoli will take you to the seaside city of Kalamata in less than two hours. Famous for its top-quality olives and olive oil, Kalamata is the main city in the Messinia region. On the road from Areopoli, you will notice how the barren landscape gives way to the lush scenery filled with olive groves near Kalamata.

Highlights of Kalamata & Around

  • Kalamata Old Town: Most of Kalamata’s attractions are located in the Old Town. From Byzantine churches to noteworthy museums to traditional cafés and restaurants, the Old Town of Kalamata is your first stop in the city.
  • Kalamata Beach: Ideal for a leisure walk, a refreshing swim or a meal at one of the beachfront restaurants, Kalamata’s Beach is the best option for relaxing moments. Next to the beach, Hiliometro is the fascinating promenade we have included in our list of the best things to do in Kalamata.
  • Polylimnio Waterfalls: One of the best day trips from Kalamata is the Polylimnio Waterfalls, where you can hike through a lush valley. The last time we were there, we didn’t manage to explore as much as we’d like to, due to bad weather conditions. Therefore, it’s a good idea to check the weather before you go there. Moreover, wear good shoes and pack your swimsuit.
  • Ancient Messene: Yet another easy day trip from Kalamata is Ancient Messene, one of our favourite archaeological sites in Greece.
  • Kardamyli: Part of the Mani Peninsula but in the Messinia region, the quaint seaside town of Kardamyli features Venetian and traditional Greek architecture with Maniot towers soaring above the stone mansions. Near Kardamyli, you can also visit The Leigh Fermor House, which is now open to the public on specific days. Plan your visit here.

Suggested Time To Spend in Kalamata

Three to four full days.

Where To Stay in Kalamata

The perfect place to book your accommodation in Kalamata is near the Old Town as this part of the city is the most vibrant and you can find a parking spot easily. If you are a beach person, this hotel might be a great option, too.

The long port's jetty in Kalamata, knows as Hiliometro. A few people take a stroll and a man is cycling.
The Hiliometro Promenade is the ideal place to stretch your legs after all this driving

8. Pylos

A one-hour drive from Kalamata, the quaint coastal town of Pylos is the perfect base to explore the core of the Messinia region and its less-travelled roads. Surrounded by the Ionian Sea, the Messinian Peninsula is home to natural wonders, ancient ruins and medieval castles.

Highlights of Pylos & Around

  • Pylos Castle: One of the best-preserved fortresses in Greece with spectacular sea views.
  • Methoni Castle: A mere 15-minute drive from Pylos, Methoni is home to one of the most impressive castles we’ve witnessed so far. The medieval castle might not look much from the outside. However, the minute you’re inside, it feels like you’re teleported to the Middle Ages. Bourtzi, the tower on the islet at the tip of the castle, is the ultimate highlight.
  • Koroni Castle: With breathtaking views over the Messinian Gulf, Koroni Castle is yet another fortress to visit in Messinia. Once you’ve climbed the uphill road that leads to the entrance, you will enter a relatively flat fortress with lush vegetation, churches and towers.
  • Voidokilia Beach: Near Pylos, one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece awaits. The semi-circular-shaped Voidokilia Beach boasts an exotic landscape with turquoise waters.
  • Palace of Nestor: After having explored Mycenae in Nafplio, it’s time to visit another palace of the Mycenean era just 25 minutes by car from Pylos. From the raised walkways, you can only see the ruins of Nestor’s Palace, which was destroyed by fire in the 13th century BC.

Suggested Time To Spend in Pylos

Three to four full days.

Where To Stay in Pylos

Pylos boasts a prime location from where to explore Messinia’s highlights. Moreover, it’s a vibrant coastal town with many options for accommodation, drinks and delicious food. Alternatively, you can splurge on a suite at the nearby sustainable 5-star resort Costa Navarino.

The exotic beach of Voidokilia. The sand is golden and the waters are turquoise.
It’s hard to believe that the exotic Voidokilia Beach is actually in a European country

9. Ancient Olympia

Less than a two-hour drive along the west coast of the Peloponnese, Ancient Olympia is a mandatory stop on your Peloponnese itinerary. The main reason to visit Ancient Olympia is that it’s the birthplace of the Olympic Games. Here, every four years, the Olympic Flame is lit before it travels all over the world to reach its final destination: the city that hosts the Olympic Games.

Highlights of Ancient Olympia & Around

Archaeological Site of Olympia: In the 8th century BC, Ancient Greeks invented the first Olympic Games, the most popular sports event ever since. Step inside the Archaeological Site of Olympia to see the stadium where the Ancient Olympic Games took place. Buy your skip-the-line tickets to Ancient Olympia here.

Suggested Time To Spend in Ancient Olympia

One full day.

Where To Stay in Ancient Olympia

As we recommend a brief stop in Ancient Olympia, there are plenty of hotels for an overnight stay near the archaeological site.

(A shoutout to our dear friend Elena, a blogger at The Athenian Riviera among others, for granting us permission to use her beautiful photo of Ancient Olympia.)

This image shows ancient ruins among olive and other trees.
Don’t miss the chance to stroll through ancient olive trees and sun-drenched ruins
Photo Credit: ©Elena Sergeeva

10. Dimitsana

Following a good night’s rest, jump in your car the next day and get ready to unveil the secrets of yet another region, Arcadia. After about two hours driving on a scenic route, past mountainous landscapes and quaint tiny villages, you will arrive in Dimitsana, in the heart of the Peloponnese.

Built on a slope of Mainalon Mountain, this traditional village is the ideal base to explore the highlights of the Arcadia Region.

Highlights of Dimitsana & Around

  • Open-Air Water Power Museum: By visiting this small museum, you will learn how people used water for various purposes in the pre-industrial era. The Open-Air Water Museum is a short drive from Dimitsana.
  • Stemnitsa: A 15-minute drive from Dimitsana, Stemnitsa is a picture-perfect village, ideal for spending a few hours and enjoying lunch or dinner at one of its restaurants.
  • Old Philosopher’s Monastery: Hidden on a steep slope of Mainalon Mountain over the gorge of Lousios River, the Old Philosopher’s Monastery is one of the oldest Byzantine monasteries in Greece. No wonder it’s also referred to as The Secret School, as you can hardly locate it from a distance. To get there, you need to follow a steep cobbled path.
  • St Ioannis Prodromos Monastery: Another impressive monastery near Dimitsana is Saint Ioannis Prodromos Monastery. It’s dug into the cliff over Lousios Gorge, opposite the Old Philosopher’s Monastery. You have to walk along an easy downhill dirt road to get to the Monastery.
  • Menalon Trail: With eight sections and a length of 75 kilometres, the Menalon Trail passes through Dimitsana. If you are a hiking enthusiast, check out the official website and plan your itinerary accordingly.

Suggested Time To Spend in Dimitsana

Two to three full days.

Where To Stay in Dimitsana

Dimitsana is home to a few traditional guesthouses and boutique hotels. Another option is the nearby village of Stemnitsa.

A quaint cobbled alley in Dimitsana with a traditional café.
An insanely quaint café in Dimitsana

11. Kalavrita

After driving for one hour and a half from Dimitsana to the north, you will arrive in Kalavrita, a mountainous village, popular as a ski resort in the winter. However, Kalavrita is a year-round destination with many things to do in and around the town.

Highlights of Kalavrita & Around

  • Municipal Museum of The Kalavritan Holocaust: Along with the Victims’ Memorial that stands on a hill near the town, the Kalavrita Holocaust Museum commemorates the extermination of the village’s male population by the Nazis.
  • Odontotos Rack Railway: Besides its ski resort, Kalavrita is famous for the Odontotos Rack Railway. Embark on the train for a short scenic ride that starts from Kalavrita and ends in Diakofto, a seaside town in the North of the Peloponnese.
  • Mega Spileo Monastery: A 15-minute drive from Kalavrita, Mega Spileo Monastery is one of the oldest Greek monasteries. Step inside to check out the icon of the Virgin Mary that Saint Lucas allegedly created.
  • Cave of The Lakes: With several underground lakes and waterfalls, the Cave of The Lakes is a wonder of nature not to be missed. You can get there after a 20-minute drive from Kalavrita or on your way to Kalavrita from Dimitsana.

Suggested Time To Spend in Kalavrita

Two to three full days.

Where To Stay in Kalavrita

Kalavrita is a compact town. Therefore, you can stay either in the centre or a bit outside the town. Check out availability and prices at Kalavrita’s traditional guesthouses and spa resorts.

The route along the Odontotos Rack Railway as the train crosses a tunnel.
Riding the Odontotos train is a unique experience

12. Aigio

Your final stop on your Peloponnese road trip is Aigio, one hour by car from Kalavrita. Aigio is a seaside town on the northern coast of the Peloponnese, ideal for beach lovers and wine enthusiasts alike.

Highlights of Aigio & Around

  • Panagiotopoulos Mansion: Located in the heart of the small city, the 19th-century mansion stands out for its wall paintings and ceilings. It also houses a fantastic collection of traditional musical instruments.
  • Aigialeia Wine Region: With twelve wineries dotting the extended area of Aigio, learning about the region’s wine culture over a wine tasting is one of the best things to do in Aigio.

Suggested Time To Spend in Aigio

One full day.

Where To Stay in Aigio

Situated right by the sea, Amario Suites Hotel is our favourite hotel in Aigio. Its convenient location, elegant rooms and sea views offer a unique stay to end your Peloponnese adventure in style.

Panoramic view of Aigio's port during sunset.
Sunset in Aigio

We hope this guide inspires you to plan your own Peloponnese road trip before too long. Choosing this lesser-known destination for a slow road trip allows you to take in the magic of authentic Greece, but also to support responsible travel in Greece in the most meaningful way.

WORDS & IMAGES: Katerina
EDITING: Maria

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