Peloponnese

Peloponnese holidays

Fall in love with the Peloponnese, a gorgeous part of mainland Greece spread out across a peninsula. This holiday honeypot comes up trumps with its dazzling beaches but that’s not the beginning and end of its draws. History is woven throughout, with a roll call of ancient gems to discover, and its lip-smacking cuisine is worth writing home about too.
Grecotel Filoxenia Hotel

Grecotel Filoxenia Hotel

Kalamata, Peloponnese

Our rating

  • Excellent beachfront location
  • Great for families
  • Friendly service
Grecotel La Riviera & Waterpark
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£620pp
Based on
  • London Stansted, Sun 03 May 2020
  • 7 Nights, Half Board
  • 2 Adults, 0 Children

Grecotel La Riviera & Waterpark

Kyllini, Peloponnese

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Our rating

  • Luxurious surroundings
  • Beachfront
  • Thalasso Spa
  • Choice of restaurants
  • Perfect for all ages
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Language

Greek

Currency

Euro

Time difference

+2hrs

Cost of a beer

£3.20

3 course meal

£25.20

Flight times

4hrs

Admire the attractions

To truly take in the landscape, visit the hillside Kastro in the city of Kalamata. The views out to the seafront are simply marvellous. Back on lower ground, you’ll be equally as amazed by the detailed mosaics and sculptures of the Archaeological Museum of Messenia. And how’s this for a slice of history? The Church of Agioi Apostoloi is where the Greek Revolution began.

Hit the beach

Beach bums will be in heaven here, with long sandy stretches and the azure Aegean to enjoy day in, day out. Blue Flag Skafidia Beach is a quiet place to plop down and chill out, while Voidokilia Beach is one of the Greece’s most stunning patches, with a lagoon on one side and the twinkling sea on the other.

Many reasons to explore

Love history? There’s oodles to uncover here! Ancient Messene is one of the best-preserved historical sites in all of Greece, with a vast number of ruins stretching across the city. Take a seat at the silvery stone of the Stadion and Odeon.

Kalamata

Perched on the Peloponnese peninsula, Kalamata is chiefly renowned for its juicy olives, but there’s a whole lot more to this destination on mainland Greece.

Skafidia

Looking to take some time out on the serene shores of Greece? Look no further than this pretty Peloponnese village.

Stoupa

Stoupa

Backed by mountains and framed by olive groves, Stoupa is a peaceful retreat in a quiet corner of Greece.

Beaches

Kalamata is a city on the coast, so a great beach is always within reach. The city itself has a scenic stretch of sand and shingle, while if you follow the Peloponnese peninsula to resorts east and west of Kalamata, you’re sure to find sandy beaches and clear waters. See all beaches (5)
Golden Beach

Golden Beach

Kyllini, Peloponnese

Sitting just to the south of the Kyllini town harbour is glistening Golden Beach.
Kalamata Beach

Kalamata Beach

Peloponnese

Backed by magnificent mountains and sprinkled with straw umbrellas, Kalamata Beach is the perfect place to plonk down for an afternoon of relaxing. It’s backed by restaurants which is really handy too....

Sights

Check out the church where the Greek Revolution began. Gaze at mosaics and weathered statues of archaeological museums, and visit the wondrous ancient sites at Messenia and Sparta. See all sights (4)
Caves of Diros

Caves of Diros

Stoupa, Peloponnese

Just an hour's drive from Stoupa are the breathtaking Caves of Diros. Once a Neolithic settlement, these caverns are now a huge attraction for visitors. See gravity-defying stalagmites as you cruise through the...
Victoria G. Karelias Collection of Greek Traditional Costumes

Victoria G. Karelias Collection of Greek Traditional Costumes

Peloponnese

Calling all fashionistas, here’s an attraction you won’t want to miss! Discover traditional Greek garments from throughout the ages at the incredible Victoria G. Karelias Collection of Greek...

Activities

See the traditional costumes of Greece, stroll around squares and explore old towns. There’s plenty to sink your teeth into! And with the warmth of the Mediterranean, water sports are popular here too. What will you do first? See all activities (5)
Discover island life

Discover island life

Kyllini, Peloponnese

Kyllini is the perfect springboard to the islands of Greece.
Trek the mountains

Trek the mountains

Stoupa, Peloponnese

For the more active holidaymakers, a hike into the mountains may be tempting. There are many well-marked trails you can try while you’re in the area. Avid walkers can check out the calf-testing Viros Gorge,...

Eating and drinking

You may have heard of them already, but Kalamata olives are particularly famed for their large size and strong flavour. Messinian olive oil is very highly rated too, while you should look out for local delicacies such as tsouchti, pasta fried with cheese and egg, and pasteli, a sweet treat made with sesame. See all eating and drinking (1)

Shopping

The new town in the city of Kalamata is a great choice for shopping and picking up souvenirs, so who’s for a spot of retail therapy? It’s also worth looking out for wine shops and craft wares in resorts such as Koroni, Kardamili and Methoni. See all shopping (1)

Nightlife

Things are pretty relaxed in Kalamata and its surrounding areas. Look out for beach bars by the coastline if you fancy something low-key. Alternatively, you’ll find the biggest choice of clubs are based in the city itself. Anyone up for staying awake until sunrise?    See all nightlife (1)
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