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GREECE: CAMPGROUNDS OPEN ALL YEAR IN THE PELOPONNESE & IN NORTHERN GREECE

Margaret Williamson
Updated January 2015 with GPS co-ordinates

Based on our own extensive experience of wintering in Greece by motorhome (especially in the Peloponnese), here is our list of campgrounds open all year. We particularly recommend Ionion Beach Camping near Glyfa: it is by the beach, run by a friendly family, clean and very well-maintained with heated shower rooms and very spacious, level hard-standing pitches..

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Many thanks to Patrick Phillips for sending this map of the major campsites open all year in
the Greek Peloponnese

 

GOOD CAMPGROUNDS ROUND THE COAST OF THE PELOPONNESE - the southern part of the Greek mainland. Going anticlockwise from the port of Patras, these are all on the beach with free hot showers, reasonable toilets, unlimited electricity, a washing machine, maybe WiFi and a few winter residents.

1. GLYFA  CAMPING IONION BEACH: (+302623-096395/6). Fax: +302623-096425 Visit: http://www.ionion-beach.gr/. Very well run by friendly English-speaking Fligos family. A couple of Austrian and German winter residents. Modern hot showers in a heated building, unlimited hot water. Good washing machines and tumble drier. Large sunny pitches. Long beach front. Swimming pool (not in winter). En-suite apartments available for rent. WiFi (daily limit 300 MB) included in the winter rates (1/11-31/3). 40 miles south of Patras on the road to Pirgos, turn right (west) at the traffic lights into Gastouni. Continue 10 miles west through Vartholomio and Vranas, then turn left (after climbing the hill) for both campsites at Glyfa (signposted). Turn right for Ionion Beach after Glyfa village (signed). Opposite island of Zakinthos (ferry from nearby Killini; also ferry to Kefalonia). Our all-time Greek favourite! ACSI Card 18 Euros (mid-winter 15 Euros, possibly less for long-stay) including electricity.  N 37.83555  E 21.13333

2. GLYFA  CAMPING AGINARA BEACH: (+302623-096211). www.camping-aginara.gr. Follow directions for Ionion Beach (see above) and watch for earlier right turn (signed) in Glyfa. Clean hot showers, unlimited hot water. Washing machine. WiFi available. Small shaded pitches. ACSI Card 16 Euros including electricity (possibly less mid-winter or for long-stay).  N 37.83828  E 21.12972

3. FINIKOUNDA   CAMPING FINIKES: (+302723-028524). http://www.finikescamping.gr/mping.gr. By the beach, 2 miles west of Finikounda. Entrance on right of main road, coming from Methoni. Key to your own toilet and shower in winter, with hot water. Small well-shaded pitches, muddy when wet. At least one English resident, plus English and German visitors. Washing machines. Eggs for sale. Kitchen with free use of fridge, freezer and electric hot plates. Pick your own citrus fruit! Small en-suite apartments also available to rent. Continuous (well, almost!) WiFi internet included in the price. Winter rate (1/11-31/3) 12 Euros including electricity (11 Euros for 2 months or longer). N 36.80283  E 21.78098

4. FINIKOUNDA  CAMPING THINES: (+302723-071200). www.camping-peloponnese.com/page3.html. Opposite the beach, half a mile west of Finikounda (between Methoni and Koroni). Look for right turn (signed) before the village. Small pitches. Washing machines. Free WiFi. Winter discounts.  N 36.80555  E 21.79583

5. KORONI  CAMPING KORONI: (+302725-022119). http://www.koronicamping.com/. In Koroni in the south-east corner of the Messinian Peninsula. ACSI Card 16 Euros.  N 36.79932  E 21.95013

This information is from an email received in December 2010:

"My name is Dimitroula Lucy and I am the owner of Camping Koroni in Greece Peloponnese, Messinia. It is a beautiful camping full of satisfied customers. It is also a member of the Sunshine Camping Club .You can visit our website: http://www.koronicamping.com. Our camping is open all year but the swimming pool and the taverna are closed in the winter. Of course we can open taverna if we have an order. Bar is open. During the low season the charge for 2 persons, a motorhome or caravan, electricity and WiFi is 15 euros per night."

6. GYTHION CAMPINGS MANI BEACH, GYTHION BAY & MELTEMI: There are 3 campsites near each other by the beach, 2 miles or so south of the splendid little port of Gythion. These are the nearest campsites for the Mani Peninsula. Meltemi usually closes in winter. The most popular site in winter is:

CAMPING GYTHION BAY (+302733-022522). http://www.gythiocamping.gr/. The facilities are reasonable, with newly renovated toilets, hot showers and good washing machines. Free (though unreliable) WiFi inside or outside the old restaurant, which doubles as a day-room in winter. New swimming pool (not in winter). ACSI Card 16 Euros, with lower long-term winter rates. Beware low trees, as the site is an unkempt orchard of olive and orange trees - see our article on this subject: Olive Grove or Campsite?  N 36.72913  E 22.54519

7. DREPANO  CAMPING TRITON II: (+302752-092128). http://www.tritonii.gr/. At Drepano, west of Nafplio. Handy for Mycenae, Epidavros, the Argolid. Smaller site on the beach run by a Greek family. Woman speaks good English. Very good facilities, more expensive than Iria Beach (see above), especially for short stay. Handful of winter visitors. WiFi available. Monthly winter rate.  N 37.53173  E 22.89056

8. IRIA, NEAR DREPANO  CAMPING IRIA BEACH: (+302752-094253). http://www.iriabeach.com/. From Nafplio follow road east to Drepano and continue for 8 miles east along the coast. Site well-signposted on left, just after (seasonal) Camping Posidon. Well-run by friendly English-speaking family. Heated winter shower-room! Washing machine. Swimming pool (not in winter). A few German-speaking winter residents. Free lettuce and cabbage from family fields! Level gravel pitches, quiet. WiFi internet available. ACSI Card 16 Euros (lower monthly winter rates). Another favourite, although remote from shops.  N 3729'50  E 2259'26

OTHER CAMPGROUNDS IN THE PELOPONNESE which may be OK for short stays, convenient for visiting beaches, mountains or ancient sites.

9. SPARTA  CAMPING MISTRAS PALEOLOGIO: (+302731-022724). A quiet grassy site with shady trees, on the road between Sparta and the superb Byzantine fortified town of Mystra. Petrol station, cafe/bar with free WiFi. Washing machines and tumble drier. Swimming pool (not in winter). Run by friendly Peter, returned from Canada. English and French spoken. Pick your own oranges. A very pleasant site, apart from the antiquated toilet/shower facilities. Short stay only (overpriced at 20 Euros plus).  N 37.0716  E 22.4049

10. OLYMPIA  CAMPING DIANA: (+302624-022314). Within walking distance of the site and excellent museum at Ancient Olympia. Small and expensive but facilities are OK. Some French is spoken.  N 37.64518  E 21.6228

11. PATRAS/RION  CAMPING RION BEACH (+302619-091585): 5 miles east of Patras, where the ferry and the new bridge cross the Gulf of Corinth. Very small with reasonable facilities but very expensive indeed. OK for a night before or after the ferry to/from Italy but no-one stays long at their non-negotiable winter price! May be closed over Christmas/New Year.  N 38.30583  E 21.77894

12. MYCENAE  CAMPING MIKINES (+302751-076247): 20 miles south of Corinth. Convenient for the ancient site of Mycenae. Very small, right in the village. Run by a friendly extended family who often come bearing gift samples of their own produce: oranges, wine, olive oil, beetroots, lemons, grapefruit, olives, etc. They sell oil and wine.  N 37.71891  E 22.74685

13. AKRATA  CAMPING AKRATA BEACH: (+302696-031988). A few miles east of Diakofto.  N 3810'21  E 2220'12 http://www.akrata-beach-camping.gr/

In January 2015, Dave Hutton wrote:

Akrata Beach Camping is open all year, but the gates are shut when there are no customers. I managed to arrange to leave my motorhome at this campsite and return to the UK for Christmas. The owners, Emmanuel and Toula, could not have been more helpful. They let me leave my motorhome at the campsite for 2 a night and even took me to Kiato, where the train connects directly with Athens airport.

I rang Emmanuel on the day of my return and he collected me from the station, opened the campsite specifically for me (I was the only one there). This meant putting on the hot water system, lighting etc. I was so grateful; I can't recommend the campsite enough. I've been travelling in the Peloponnese over the winter and although most of the campsites are closed, so I can't give a full comparison, the facilities at Camping Akrata are the best I've experienced. Clean, modern and plenty of hot water, plus all the necessaries for motorhomes. Free wifi too! The site backs on to the beach, but it's 2-3 Km from the nearby town, which has all the basic facilities you need. Fine, if you have a bike.

14. PYLOS  CAMPING NAVARINO BEACH: (+302723-022973). In Gialova village, north of Pylos on main road. Popular with wind-surfers.  N 36.94784  E 21.70635

There is a better new site nearby, CAMPING ERODIOS (+302723-028241), but closed in winter. Note: In March 2014 and again in January 2015 we found both these sites closed.

15. CORINTH  AFRODITES WATERS CAMPERSTOP: (+3027410-27333 or +306949731665). In December 2010 Peter Highe wrote: "We spent the night at the new Camper Stop at Ancient Corinth and had a look at the ruins through the fence (well it is 6 each to get in). The Camper Stop (N3754.696' E2252.742') is seemingly converted from a farm yard but has everything you could need for 10 a night and is about 400 metres from the archaeological site." Facilities include water, dump, electricity, WC, shower, WiFi and perhaps a washing machine. His full article can be found at: Highe in the Greek Peloponnese.  N 37.91139  E 22.87861

CAMPGROUNDS OPEN ALL YEAR IN NORTHERN GREECE

This section covers the great majority of the campgrounds claiming to be open all year in the north of Greece. Most do not offer long-term winter rates. The climate is noticeably colder in the north in the winter, particularly in the east around Mount Olympus. Good possibility of snow on the higher roads at times. Phone to check opening times and dates if possible.

16. IGOUMENITSA  CAMPING DREPANOS: (+3026650-26980). North of Igoumenitsa on the coast road. Recently refurbished a new entry in the ACSI Card book for 2015 (at 16 Euros). Convenient for ferry port.  N 3930'37  E 2013'16

17. KASTRAKI, KALAMBAKA  CAMPING VRACHOS: (+3024320-22293). In the village of Kastraki, 1 km from Kalambaka along the road to the Meteora Monasteries. Limited facilities in winter. Free WiFi around Reception. ACSI Card 16 Euros.  N 39.7120  E 21.61625

18. ATHENS  CAMPING NEA KIFISSIA: (+30210-6205646 or +30210-8075579). In a northern suburb of Athens called Nea Kifissia. Small, English-speaking, good facilities. The centre of Athens (about 10 miles) can be reached by bus and metro (the Kifissia-Pireus line). Several UK stores and supermarkets in Nea Kifissia.  N.38.09944  E.23.79166

19. ATHENS  CAMPING ATHENS (+30210-5814113/4). 5 miles west of Athens, on the left coming in on the Corinth road. New facilities. Bus into Athens opposite the gate. Expensive but nearest to Athens. They offer a secure place to leave the motorhome parked at a reduced price, while (for example) flying from Athens or taking a ferry.  N 38.00916  E 23.67236

20. SOUNIO  CAMPING BACCHUS (+302292-039572). Small, with about a dozen pitches, on the beach, 4.5 km from Temple of Poseidon at the tip of Cape Sounio overlooking the approaches to Piraeus. Managed by a friendly English-speaking Albanian. Facilities are excellent and use of the laundry is free. 5 km from town of Lavrio for banks and shops. Long-term winter rates available (information from Malcolm Hill).  N 37.67620  E 24.04884

21. DELPHI  CAMPING APOLLO: (+3022650-82750). Small, simple but convenient for the extensive site of Ancient Delphi on the northern shore of the Gulf of Corinth. ACSI Card 18 Euros.  N 38.4836  E 22.4755

22. DELPHI  CAMPING DELPHI: (+3022650-82745). On the Itea-Delphi road, 4 km from Delphi. ACSI Card 16 Euros.  N 38.47868  E 22.47461   

23. IOANNINA  CAMPING LIMNOPOULA: (+302651-025265). A large open site at the Nautical Club on the lake, just north of town. Not officially open from November to March (toilets and showers locked) but there is a tap and the gate is always open. May be someone around to turn on the electricity for a small fee. A good stop between Igoumenitsa port and Kalambaka/Meteora.  N 39.67799  E 20.84279

24. KAVALA   CAMPING BATIS MULTIPLEX: (+302510-245918). 4 km west of Kavala on Thessaloniki road. Expensive, with extremely poor facilities and disgusting toilets. On a busy main road. Access to a very small beach, crowded in the summer months. No washing machine, no WiFi, indifferent management. The worst we've ever seen in Greece.  N 40.91573  E 24.37851

25. VERGINA  GUARDED CAMPERSTOP: (+3023310-92864). Well signposted in the village. Level parking area, drinking water tap, free WiFi. 4 (or 7 with electricity). Very friendly and helpful owner lives on site and speaks German (son speaks English). Short walk to Royal Macedonian Tombs and highly recommended.  N 4029'6  E 2219'10

 

26. ASPROVALTA  ACHILLES CAMPING. (+3023970-22384, -22259). About 4 km east of the small town of Asprovalta. On a hillside, old facilities, friendly staff, no washing machine, lots of resident dogs to keep you awake. Overpriced (unless you want to donate to a home for strays!)  N 40.75797  E 23.75183

27. STYLIDA  CAMPING INTERSTATION: (+302238-023827/8). Between the National Road and the beach, west of Lamia. 3 km west of Stylida. Expensive, with very poor facilities, but open all year and well placed for a break between Athens and Thessaloniki.  N 38.89638  E 22.65555

28. ALEXANDROUPOLI  CAMPING MUNICIPAL: (+3025510-28735). On the National Road just west of the town. An extensive beach site - the last before the Turkish border. A good place to meet others going to/from Turkey. Free WiFi in 30-minute intervals! No washing machine. Restaurant actually open (Nov 2014).  N 40.84679  E 25.85614

29. KATO GATZEA, PELION PENINSULA  CAMPING HELLAS INTERNATIONAL: (+3024230-22267). On the coast 10 miles southeast of Volos, immediately before the seasonal Camping Sikia (Fig Tree). A new entry in the ACSI Card book for 2015 (at 16 Euros). N 3931105  E 23.10922

Finally, one island campground we know that is open all year:

30. CRETE, AGIA GALINI  CAMPING NO PROBLEM: (+302832-031507). At Agia Galini about halfway along the warm south coast. Small and a bit scruffy, but provides an excellent base for mountain and coastal walks. Crete is reached by overnight ferry from Pireus in about 12 hours. A weekly ferry may run to Crete from Gythion in the winter months a shorter crossing but check!  N 35.10004  E 24.69514

Note: Greek phone numbers are subject to change!

More details on many of the above at www.campingreece.gr and at www.eurocampings.co.uk/greece/ which gives a Google map.