When one thinks of Greece, images of a beach holiday in the islands comes to mind. I knew very little about Peloponnese. After getting some advise on a couple of other threads that I posted on, we have decided to focus on Peloponnnese since many things close down on the islands in October.
We will spend about 3 weeks exploring in October. We are a couple in our mid 50's who enjoy slow travel and off the beaten path destinations. We love to hike, eat and drink but not into clubbing. We especially like sitting at an outdoor cafe with great scenery and people watching. We enjoy interacting with locals and have had some amazing experiences doing so around the world. We want to avoid package tour touristy locations and places that are frequented by cruise ships. We do enjoy meeting other travelers that also have a sense of adventure.
We will have a car. We don't want to move around too much during our 3 weeks as we prefer to settle in a bit and get to know a town. Although we want to see some historic sites/ruins, we know from past travels to Turkey, Italy and Cambodia that we also get "ruined out" after seeing too many.
Here are some places that appeal to us. I mapped these places out and it seems to be less than 20 hours of total drive time starting and returning to Athens.
Delphi - Out of the way but this is on my partners list of places to visit.
We are trying to find the best spot for the next few nights and Koroni, Kardamyli, Finikoundas and Pylos appeal to our senses but we are open to suggestions. Ideally, the place we end up would have tavernas along the water, casual and affordable restaurant choices rather than high end places and not be completely deserted. I had put another village in my smart phone memo pad but it auto-corrected it to "Moronic" and now I have no idea what it was! I remember that I read that this place had a harbor lined with inexpensive tavernas. Ring a bell?
Then we will head towards Monemvasia and probably stay 2 nights across the harbor with a view of the rock and walk over to visit in the evening.
From there we are thinking of heading to Elafonisos for 2-3 nights.
Places that I have made a list of that I think may be worth visiting either while enroute from one destination to another or as day trips while at our destination:
Nemea for wine tasting
Polilimnio Gorge and Waterfalls
Now for the questions!
1. Is Delphi worth the detour or are some of the ancient sites on Peloponnese more spectacular?
2. Based on my description of what we enjoy, which smaller village along the coast may appeal to our travel style? We do want some night life but low key, as in sitting with locals in a taverna with great atmosphere.
3. Does anyone know what that village could be that my phone auto-corrected to "Moronic"? Harborside with boats pulled up by a row of tavernas?
4. Nemea - Would love to hear about wine tasting logistics in this area. Should we stay right in Nemea or just make it a day trip or stop along the way to Nafplio?
5. We enjoy winging it when traveling in low season so we are thinking we will book a few nights in Nafplio and have a rough itinerary mapped out along with 2-3 accommodation choices in other villages so we can email or call a day or two to check availability. Is this feasible in October?
6. Is there anything on my list of places that we may want to skip? Anything we should add?
7. Any inland villages that are worth seeking out to stroll through?
8. Although we are not the type of people to lounge around all day on a sunbed, we may want to spend an hour or two here and there if the weather is nice. Do any of the beaches still have sunbeds to rent?
I am sure I will have many more questions but your replies will help shape our trip!
Thanks so much in advance!