Why the Peloponnese is perfect for a family road trip in Greece
Make 2020 the year you take a family road trip to Greece! There’s plenty of regions to explore, but here’s why we think you will love the Peloponnese in particular.
Family Road Trip in Greece
Taking a road trip in Greece is not for every family, but those that choose to are in for a real treat. With the chance to get away from the busy popular islands such as Santorini, you have the opportunity to experience the real Greece.
Picture small mountain villages, beautiful stretches of unspoiled coast, Venetian Castles and UNESCO World Heritage sites. All this and more can be yours when you take a family road trip to the Peloponnese region of Greece.
Explore the Peloponnese: an island or a peninsula?
When first looking at the Peloponnese region of Greece, many people consider it to be an island. And it is – kind of. Originally, it was a peninsula, becoming an ‘island’ after the completion of the Corinth Canal. However, it is still referred to as a peninsular region, connected to the rest of the country by the Rio bridge, and the bridge over the Corinth Canal.
Ancient Greek History, Gods and Heroes in the Peloponnese
The Peloponnese region of Greece was arguably the central originating point of ancient Greek history and Greek Mythology. This is thanks largely to the powerful Mycenaean Civilization who dominated the area and also spread their influence across the Mediterranean. If you love ancient Greece, you can include sites such as Mycenae, Ancient Olympia, Corinth, and Nemea on your family road trip.
The Peloponnese has amazing Venetian Castles
Due to its position and geography, the Peloponnese region of Greece was often a desirable place for regional powers to exert control. It was the Venetians who left their mark most visibly, with a series of magnificent castles along the coastline. If your kids have never seen a European castle before, places such as Methoni and Koroni will be a real eye-opener for them!
Incredible beaches in the Peloponnese
Whilst many people debate if the beaches of Milos or Naxos are better, there is a smaller group that is satisfied the beaches of the Peloponnese are not as widely known! Some of these, particularly on the west coast of the Peloponnese, offer vast stretches of sand. They are undeveloped, quiet, and idyllic. Looking for somewhere that offers this but with a little more development (tavernas and the like)? Try Foinikounta beach – it’s one of our favorites in all of Greece!
Plan your family road trip to Greece
If you would like help in planning a family road trip in Greece, contact the Kids Love Greece team today. We will be more than happy to help you organize a road trip itinerary that takes in the best of Greece.
You might also be interested in the following resources for road trip planning:
The Peloponnese Percy Jackson Tours
If you would like to explore the Peloponnese, but have some concerns about driving, you might like to consider our Percy Jackson tours of Greece. During these unique tours, we take you on a journey through ancient Greece with a Percy Jackson twist, with some of the locations being in the Peloponnese. Find out more about our tours here – Percy Jackson Tours in Greece.
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