We have featured Tolon for over forty 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 (2023).
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.