I asked a few questions back in October last year but our plans have changed a bit since then.
We pick up a car in Athens and drive to Nafplio then go to Monemavasia, Mystras, Kalavryta then Lefkada is the next destination. Originally Kalamata was also on the itinerary but we've dropped that now.
We have 8 nights to get eventually to Monodendri, Zagori Region.
We're not booking ahead because we just want to stay as long or little in each place as we go but do want to be prepared with options so we're not completely "lost" and end up in the middle of nowhere after dark!!
So what I'm wondering is... if we leave Monemvasia and drive to Mystras, spend a few hours sightseeing there then head north up towards Kalavryta should we head into Tripoli for a night stop or try to avoid the larger towns ( driving on wrong side of the road, lots of traffic etc )? If so, where would be a good stop?
I've looked at the sunset times and it looks like it doesn't get dark until nearly 7pm so we should be able to get in about 3 hours driving after Mystras.... any ideas on where we'll end up?
Rough timeline I'm thinking:
Leave Monemvasia 9am
Arrive Mystras 11am spend min 3 hours exploring
Leave Mystras 2pm
Arrive ??? 5pm
That would give us a couple of hours to look around in the town of choice for night stopover... would obviously prefer it to be a pretty mountain village than a big city!! Would Valcherna be a good stop... will there be accommodation open in late October?