Family of 5 looking for suggestions as to where to go when touring Peloponnes for 10 days, in a hire car - from Athens. We've done Athens and many Greek islands in the course of many simple isand-hopping holidays over the last 20 years but we'd like to try mainland Greece, this time.
The kids are from 13 to 18 (so this could be the last "family" holiday - eek!) so they need their swims and fun & games, as much as we need to glimpse some of the region's history and scenery. We all like eating and drinking in Greek tavernas and bars!
Above all, we want to see something of the REAL Peleponnes, not the tourist version of things. We would like to stay in 3 or 4 different places on a looping route from Athens around the coast of the peninsula & back, perhaps taking in some of the historic sites in the hinterland. Because we're limited to about 10 days, we realize we can only do so much....I'd prefer to do an hour or two in the car at most, every 2nd or 3rd day.
We would like to visit quiet beeches as well as some of the many historical sites & museums in the region and as I've said, we all love tavernas with good traditional food - and a few beers for the elders!
Accommodation: self-catering places or small hotels are best for us; if we can mix up some simple places with the occasional 'spoil oursleves' hotel, that's ideal.
A good POOL close to where we stay is really a 'must'.
Any ideas at all would be very gratefully received!