East Peloponnese, Greece
Areas in East Peloponnese
When to go
It’s warm and sunny from April until early October, but crowd sizes peak in August, when the narrow mountain passes get congested.
PlanesAthens is the region’s main air hub. EasyJet hooks the city up with the rest of Europe, with regular flights from London, Paris, Rome and Berlin (www.easyjet.com). British Airways (www.ba.com) and Aegean Airlines (www.aegeanairlines.com) also operate flights here. The drive to the East Peloponnese will take around five hours.
BoatsThe main gateways by sea to the East Peloponnese are Githio in the south, Patra in the north-west and Piraeus in Athens.
AutomobilesPick up a hire car at the airport, where Avis (www.avis.com) has a desk. From Athens, follow the national highways to Corinth, Tripoli and then Sparta. Monemvasia is well signposted from here.
TaxisThe bigger towns have taxis to flag, but it’s best to ask your hotel for advice. In Monemvasia, try Dimitris on +30 6974 128278 or Tasos on +30 6980 567871.
This luxury hideaway in the hills is set on an ancient Byzantine estate and overlooks the fairy-tale rock city of Monemvasia. Framed by vineyards and olive groves, Kinsterna carefully marries traditional design with modern touches. The Byzantine Suites are the estate’s oldest – one can lay claim to being used as a cell thousands of years ago – with jagged stone arched ceilings, whitewashed walls and views over the iridescent waters of the Aegean.