Away from the Greek islands (which were perhaps more suitable back in your child-free days), the mainland has plenty to offer in the way of family holiday destinations – including the off-the-beaten path Peloponnese peninsula. Here you’ll find quieter (but no less picturesque) beaches, plenty of history and some fantastic child-friendly hotels. We can’t think of a much better recipe for a family holiday destination.
Whether you're after something active to keep you busy on your
family holiday, or for something a little bit more cultured, we can
suggest a range of activities to suit your family. And on top of
this there is no shortage of family-friendly hotels and resorts,
with facilities for children of all ages, ranging from nursery
facilities for the smallest guests to sports facilities, workshops
and more for the older children; so you don't even need to leave
the confines of your hotel to keep busy.
You will, of course, venture out, and when you do, we can
suggest things like a hike along the coastline around the village
of Gialova or the old castle at Paleokastro. Or walk to the
Polylimnio waterfalls, which means 'many lakes' in Greek: and
that's exactly what you'll find here: 15 fresh water lakes with
waterfalls tumbling into them, where you can enjoy a refreshing
swim. Or for something a bit different, explore Diros Caves, which
were once thought to be the entrance to the underworld, by
For foodie families, we can suggest a raft of culinary
experiences, be it olive oil tasting, which is a must in a region
so famous for its olives, or a Greek pasta making lesson. The
region is also famous for its wine, so you could leave the children
in the capable hands of the hotel's kids club for the afternoon
while you enjoy a spot of wine tasting in a local vineyard.
If a touch of Greek culture is what you're after on your
Peloponnese family holiday, we can suggest plenty of ancient sites
to visit, from the famous theatre of Epidaurus (which is still used
for performances today), to a behind-the-scenes tour of the ruins
of ancient Mycenae, which was once one of the epicentres of Greek
civilisation, and, according to legend, the home of Agamemnon, of
Trojan War fame.
With all of this and more, it remains something of a mystery to
us why the Peloponnese remains such an under-the-radar family