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Athens to the Peloponnese in June

My husband and I are in our 60's and will be traveling to Greece for the first time in Early/Mid June.

We are planning to stay in Athens one day, then drive to the town of Kranidi in the Peloponnese, where we'll be staying for 7 days at a villa atop a hill.

Our plan is to take day trips from Kranidi, one day to the island of Hydra, and one day to the island of Spetses. We will be driving back to Athens from Kranidi to spend the last 2 days of our vacation in Athens.

Can anyone recommend sites to visit in the area, good restaurants, and places to visit that are off the beaten path?

Thank you for any advice/ information you can offer.

Kathy and Paul

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If you’re not going to the ancient temples and Olympic Games site of Archaea Olympia way in the western Peloponnese, drive to Nemea, which has its own stadium sight. You may be in the arena all by yourselves, and can enter it via the covered passageway the athletes used - and etched graffiti on its walls. There’s also a very good, smallish museum, and a temple and other buildings, still being researched and discovered. Quite a magnificent, lesser-visited place.

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Kranidi is only about 10 kilometres from Ermioni which has a number of nice restaurants. Tzieris and Kabos, both on the sea side of the peninsula rather than the town side, are two we like.

You are also fairly close to Nafplio which is well worth a visit. If you decide on a trip there the road via Stavropodi is spectacular but much longer than it looks on a map: it’s mainly mountain and I wouldn’t want to do it in the dark. The quicker route is to go up toward Epidavrus and then cut across.