Overview

Introduction

We have featured Tolon for over thirty years, and seen the village grow into a thriving small resort with a very wide appeal. We are not surprised – beach apart, the sheer range of things you can see and do from here is enormous.

Tolon is particularly recommended for families and parties of mixed ages as everyone will find plenty to do whatever their interests. So much so that we can promise, with a Sunvil holiday to Tolon, you will not be bored!

Built around the curve of a sheltered bay, Tolon has a very long sandy beach - narrow at the village end, widening out as you walk around the bay - which has a coveted Blue Flag (2018).

Water sports are available, small motorboats can be rented, and two pretty islets await exploration a short pedalo ride across the bay. A tempting array of cafés and small restaurants lines the beach – there are more in the village, as well as a sprinkling of bars.

Tolon lies in the heart of the Argolid, the north-eastern corner of the Peloponnese. All about is evidence of a turbulent and fascinating past. This was the arena of city states, whose battles are now legend.

From Tolon it is easy to visit ancient Mycenae, Argos, Tyrins, Corinth and the impressive amphitheatre of Epidavros (classical plays performed here during late June, July and August – our local representative can arrange transportation). All are accessible by organised excursion, hire car or local bus, as is Athens. Boat excursions run regularly to the Saronic isles of Hydra and Spetses.

A 20 minute walk over the headland is ancient Assini, from where a fleet was launched against Troy. There can be few, if any, Homeric sites which you can explore, then swim from the beach below followed by a lazy taverna lunch overlooking the bay! The site has recently had major funding and is a must to visit - entrance is still free. 

Although busy at weekends and in the high season, largely with Athenians, Tolon has retained its charm and friendliness.

We would recommend Tolon in particular to parties of mixed ages or interests, first time visitors to Greece, and those with even a passing interest in history and archaeology.

A 25 minute bus ride (regular service) takes you to elegant Nafplion. Largely Venetian it is topped by massive fortifications (1,000 steps up!) and adjudged one of the most handsome towns in Greece.

Nafplion was the first capital of the modern nation and the narrow lanes of the old town, its mix of Venetian, Turkish and neoclassical architecture, the busy waterfront, the shaded squares and the many fine tavernas, make this historic town a magnet for Greek and foreign visitors alike.

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Getting there

Sunday flight Gatwick, Manchester or Birmingham to Kalamata. Then 2 hours by coach or shared taxi (for private taxi transfers please enquire).  We can also arrange odd durations and tailor-made holidays with taxi transfers or car hire from Kalamata or Athens airport.

Tolon Activities

Tolon is an excellent place for activities, especially water sports for beginners and children, as it is such a safe, sheltered bay. To help make the most of your stay in Tolon we are offering the following to all Sunvil guests.

2 hours boat hire per booking

A very popular activity. Cruise around the bay, down the coast or to the back of Romvi island where there is a beach and crystal clear water for swimming and/or a picnic. Boats are 5.5m with 20hp inboard diesel engines licensed for 6-7 persons (even 8 if some are children). No previous experience is required as basic boat handling instruction will be given. Fuel is included.

If you would like more than your 2 free hours you can extend for a local charge.

 

Free use of Bicycles

A communal pool of bicycles for all guests to use free of charge. We have both adult and child bikes available (frame sizes from 20" to 26").

The area around Tolon is excellent for cycling, being on the whole largely flat with a network of small country roads running through orange and lemon groves.

Bikes are intended for casual daytime use around the local area only - they are not permitted to be ridden to Nafplion for example, as the main road is busy! Any loss or damage to the bicycle is the users responsibility. Locks and helmets are provided; and kiddy-seats are available at a small local charge (note: we do not supply helmets for small children). There is a small charge for repairs (punctures etc.) and should you need assistance outside Tolon a call-out charge will be made.
Bicycles are subject to availability and fair usage policy - they are not intended for unlimited use. Please book them out via your Sunvil Tolon representative. As there is no charge made, no refunds will be considered for any reason.

We are sure that the provision of these facilities at no additional cost will enhance your overall holiday experience to Tolon.


Also available locally

  • Waterski (tuition available)
  • Windsurfing (tuition available)
  • Banana rides
  • Ringo rides

There is a dive school in Tolon who also operate popular snorkeling boat trips. See:http://seabreaze.gr/

 


Please see your Sunvil representative on arrival for details of any of the above.

 

Things to do from Tolon

There is so much to see and do from Tolon that you may have trouble fitting it all in – at least if you want to  leave some time for the beach! Below are some of the options available that can be booked locally by our representative, Joyce.

Coach Trips

All coaches are fully air-conditioned and escorted and sites are guided. Should numbers be small, excursions may operate by minibus or taxi (not escorted).

Ancient Corinth & Corinth Canal crossing, includes boat trip through the iconic canal itself.

Price is €65 per adult, €53 (student) and €38 per child (5-12yrs). (Entrance fee for Epidaurus - €12 & Canal boat - €25 are included in the price)

Athens including a visit to the Parthenon, Acropolis and Acropolis Museum (with English guide).

Price is €70 per adult, €50 (student) and €30 per child (5-12yrs). (Entrance fee for Acropolis - €20 is included)

 

Epidaurus - Nafplion.

Price is €69 per adult, €30 (student) and €20 per child (5-12yrs). (Entrance fee for Myceane - €12 & Palamidi Fort - €8 are included in the price)

Wine Tasting.

Price is €35 per adult.

 
Cruises
Operated by Pegasus Cruises on their fast, modern and comfortable boats.

Hydra & Spetses. Price is €34 per adult and €17 per child (3-12yrs)

Nafplion by Night (high season only). Price is €10 per adult and €5 per child (3-12yrs)

BBQ boat cruise €35 (01/06-20/09)

 
General excursion notes
Prices are subject to change. Children aged 5-12 reductions of up to 50% (under 5 free); entrance fees are included (reductions apply for over-65s and accredited students in full time education); major credit cards accepted; excursions operate subject to demand; there may be changes to last year's programme.

Epidaurus Festival 2019

Epidaurus Festival 2019

Ancient Epidauros is just 32 kms from Tolon (a 35-40 minute drive) and has a magnificent amphitheatre dating from 4BC designed to seat 13000 to 14000 spectators. This tradition continues today during the famous Epidauros Festival that runs on July and August weekends.

This is a unique opportunity to see classical Greek plays in a unique and quite stunning setting. Tickets are inexpensive and our Tolon representative can arrange a taxi to take you to and fro locally (cost c 80 euros return). Tip: take a cushion unless you are sitting in the posh seats!

Click here for the full 2019 programme of events.

 

The Archaeological site of Tolon

Just a 20 minute stroll over the headland is Tolon's very own archaeological site. Ancient Asine (Assini) has been a strategic location since a fleet was launched from Asine against Troy. The site has recently had close to a million euros spent on it, making it well worth a visit. There are now well-made pathways, imaginative circuits around the promontory, a multimedia room, a guide to the many types of flora (and fauna in the form of wild tortoises) and much, much more, including information on the archaeological discoveries made in the 1920s by the Swedish Crown Prince and the damage caused by the Italians in World War II.  

Entrance is still free of charge making it a must-see for all visitors to Tolon! There is a fine shingle beach below - ideal for a cooling swim after exploring the site - and a handy taverna a little up the hill above the sea (equally ideal for a cooling drink or lunch after your swim!).

Multi-Centre

Can combine with any South Peloponnese resort (note: please book Tolon/Nafplion as the first centre). Can also combine on a tailor-made basis (using Athens flights) with the island of Agistri and Athens.

Car and Motorboat hire

We can arrange both car and motorboat hire for you in Tolon and Nafplion.

Representative

Our resident representative is based in Tolon. Note: for guests in Nafplion our representative is always contactable but will only visit if required.

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Jackie Gogonas
Jackie Gogonas

Those of our clients who have, over the last 20 or so years, visited Tolon in the Peloponnese will know Jackie; our very knowledgeable and passionate representative. Having decided to return to the UK, she has joined our reservations team and, needless to say, knows Tolon, a resort we have featured since 1973, inside out. It will come as no surprise to know that the Peloponnese is her favourite region in Greece.

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