Escaping the usual Greek Island crowds and discovering Tolon in the Northern Peloponnese during the holiday season will be a surprisingly satisfying voyage full of intrigue and sheer bliss; quite unexpected for this fairly unknown part of mainland Greece. Welcoming you to Tolon’s gently shelving sandy bay are crystal clear waters provided by the natural springs from the surrounding mountains, so this, combined with the calm, warm Aegean Sea makes it a perfect place for swimming and snorkelling. Tolon’s bustling town centre lies adjacent to the 3km long beach and offers a variety of interesting shops, traditional cafénions and Tavernas to suit most tastes and budgets. 
If Greek food is your weakness, a classic ‘Kleftiko’ at the long established Romvi Restaurant in the old town, is a definite delight. Frequented by locals and tourists alike- the food here is wholesome and satisfying and is apparent from the way the Romvi fills up rapidly and tables spill out onto the sand right at the water’s edge. 
 
Situated at the quieter side of Tolon’s old town, the Stella Apartments benefit from endless views over the Aegean, its sunsets and beyond. Tasteful, tidy and well equipped – these modern apartments are conveniently placed for the perfect beach holiday. After a long, hot day, you can enjoy sitting on the veranda with a glass of wine, listening to the gentle waves lapping just a metre away and being cooled by a refreshing breeze coming from the sea. 
 
A short, adventurous bus ride away is the former capital of Greece- Napflion. A regal fortress lies out at sea and marks your arrival at this fascinating Venetian town. Ambling around the local markets by day and soaking up the Greek atmosphere in the town square by night, really gives you that warm holiday feeling and you are perfectly placed for taking some impressive holiday snaps. 
 
If you are seeking culture , ancient Epidaurus, a 6th century BC amphitheatre, where many famous musicians and actors frequent due to the fantastic resonance sound it produces, is a two-hour car drive away. Alternatively, right on your doorstep, you are free to roam Mycenae, the old ruins of King Agamemnon’s castle, and the point in which he set sail to defend his country during the Trojan War. 
 
So, whether you’d prefer to discover Greek islets on a motorboat explore ancient Epidaurus or simply wade about in the beautiful blue sea – This hidden Greek jewel, Tolon, is a superb holiday destination for both families and couples alike. Book your Peloponnese break with Bideford Travel, package prices start from £748 pp , based on 2 sharing a sea view studio in May. 
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