Family Peloponnese

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 boat.

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 holiday destination.

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Planning a successful family holiday takes a similar amount of organisation and fortitude as a small scale military operation. But fear not, our team of specialists (many of whom are parents themselves) are here to take the stress out of the planning process so those toddler tantrums and teenage meltdowns are kept to a minimum.

From our carefully curated Sharky & George fun packs, which keep children entertained on those long journeys, to knowing the most family-friendly hotels and holding client focus groups, we pride ourselves on making sure that you have the best family holiday imaginable because there's no more important time together.

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Arran and Charlotte H are our 'Family Peloponnese' experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.