The best alternative European beach destinations

There’s more to European beaches than the Costa del Sol.

Epidavros

There is nothing to compare with the atmosphere of sitting in this ancient theatre, watching the sun dip behind the hills. Epidavros is most famous for its theatre, one of the best surviving buildings from the classical period. The theatre, and its surrounding sanctuary, are actually a little bit inland from the ancient city, as…

Kardamyli and the Taygetos Mountains

Kardamyli is delightful, and has one of the most perfect settings of any Greek village, with the towering Taygetos behind. The road north from Stoupa swings downhill, past the village of Proastio with its church with a striking bell tower, and then straight into Kardamyli, the first of two Exo Mani villages that have devoted…

Acrocorinth

Drink in the majestic views from the monolithic rock of Acrocorinth. Despite its spectacular position and looming presence many people give Acrocorinth a miss. This is partly because, without your own car, it is only reachable by taxi or an hour-long uphill walk. On top of this it is an extremely large site – water,…

Nafplio

One of the best things to do in Nafplio is simply to wander the streets and alleys of the old town, many of them no more than narrow stairways. Nafplio is easily the prettiest large town in the Peloponnese, a fact not lost on the nearby Athenians who flock to visit on weekends and holidays…

Monemvasia

Above all, Monemvasia is for couples. It is still a place of beauty for those on their own, but if you are in love, you have found your Mecca. It’s impossible to avoid the hackneyed comparison between Monemvasia and Gibraltar, and it does bring up an image that is, in large part, accurate. Monemvasia is a…

Methoni Castle

Retrace Messinia’s turbulent history at this elegant 19th-century castle. While the warlike nature of the castle at Koroni seems to have been mitigated by its vegetable gardens and nunnery, there is no escaping the intent of this castle. There has been a fortification here since ancient times. A German dynamite explosion in 1944 revealed Mycenaean…

Olympia

It is here, every four years, that the Olympic flame is first lit before being taken to whichever city is hosting the modern games. Olympia is by far the most famous site in the Peloponnese. Situated in the northwesterly province of Ilia (Ancient Elis), this is where the most important festival of the ancient world…

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