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

Barry and Margaret Williamson
Updated May 2014

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 the campsites at Glyfa and Finikounda, and at Iria Beach near Drepano: they are all by the beach, run by friendly families, clean and well-maintained with low winter rates.

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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 ON THE COAST OF THE PELOPONNESE - the southern part of the Greek mainland all on the beach with free hot showers, good toilets, unlimited electricity, a washing machine, maybe 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. Washing machines and tumble drier. Large pitches. Long beach front. Swimming pool (not in winter). En-suite apartments available for rent. WiFi internet for 3 hours per day 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). Near to Aginara Beach (see below). Our all-time favourite! ACSI Card 16 Euros (possibly less in mid-winter or for long-stay) including electricity.

2. GLYFA  CAMPING AGINARA BEACH: (+302623-096211). Follow directions for Ionion Beach (see above) and watch for earlier right turn (signed) in Glyfa. Clean hot showers, unlimited hot water. Washing machine and WiFi available.  Shaded, small pitches. ACSI Card 16 Euros including electricity (possibly less for long-stay).

3. FINIKOUNDA   CAMPING FINIKES: (Phone the campsite on +3027230-28524 or +3027230-71195 or +3027230-71201). http://www.finikescamping.gr/mping.gr. This is a fairly new campsite 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 unlimited hot water. At least one English resident, plus English and German visitors. Washing machines. 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. Another favourite! Winter rate (1/11-31/3) 12 Euros including electricity.

4. FINIKOUNDA  CAMPING THINES: (+302723-071200). www.camping-peloponnese.com/page3.html. Between Methoni and Koroni. Another fairly new site opposite the beach, half a mile west of Finikounda. Look for right turn (signed) before the village. Small pitches. Washing machines. WiFi internet included in the price. Winter discounts.

5. 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 young English-speaking family. Heated winter shower-room! Swimming pool (not in winter). A few German-speaking winter residents. Free lettuce and cabbage from family fields! Level gravel pitches, quiet, free WiFi internet. ACSI Card 16 Euros, and lower monthly winter rates. Another favourite, although some distance to the nearest shops.

6. 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, though more expensive than Iria Beach (see above), especially for short stay. Handful of winter visitors. WiFi. Monthly winter rate. Website: www.tritonii.gr

7. KORONI  CAMPING KORONI: (+302725-022119). http://www.koronicamping.com/. In Koroni in the south-east corner of the Messinian Peninsula in the Peloponnese. 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."

This site was open in March 2014. ACSI Card 16 Euros.

8. GYTHION CAMPINGS MANI BEACH, GYTHION BAY & MELTEMI: There are 3 campsites near each other on the beach, 2 miles or so south of the splendid little port of Gythion. These are the nearest campsites for the Mani Peninsula.

The best site, and open all winter, is the second one, CAMPING GYTHION BAY (+3027330-22522 and http://www.gythiocamping.gr/), now under new management. The facilities are reasonable, with newly renovated toilets, hot showers and good washing machines. Free WiFi in the old restaurant, which doubles as a day-room in winter. New swimming pool (not in winter). ACSI Card 16 Euros and lower long-term winter rates. Beware low olive trees.

OTHER CAMPGROUNDS IN THE PELOPONNESE which are OK for short stays, convenient for visiting beaches, mountains and ancient sites.

9. SPARTA  CAMPING MISTRAS PALEOLOGICA:(+302731-022724). A quiet grassy site with shady trees, on the road between Sparta and the superb Byzantine fortified town of Mystra. Petrol station and cafe/bar. Swimming pool (not in winter). Run by friendly Peter, returned from Canada. English and French spoken. A very pleasant site, apart from the antiquated facilities.

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

11. PATRAS/RION  CAMPING RIO (+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!

12. MYCENAE  CAMPING MYCENAE (+302751-076121): 20 miles south of Corinth. Useful for the ancient site of Mycenae. Very small, right in the village. Run by a very friendly extended family who often come bearing gifts of their own produce: oranges, wine, olive oil, beetroots, lemons, grapefruit, olives, etc. Also, they sell oil and wine.

13. KALAMATA  KAMPING MARIA SEA & SUN: (+302721-041060). Beyond the east end of the 2-mile-long promenade and usually open. Small terraced pitches.

14. AKRATA  CAMPING KRIONERI: (+302696-031405). A few miles east of Diakofto. Usually open. Owner's wife is Canadian and there may be a resident English couple.

15. PYLOS  CAMPING NAVARINO BEACH: (+302723-022973). In Gialova village, north of Pylos on main road. Popular with wind-surfers. There is a better new site nearby, CAMPING ERODIOS (+302723-028241), but closed in winter. Note: in January 2012 we found both these sites were closed - and again in March 2014 both closed.

16. CORINTH  CAMPERSTOP: 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." His full article can be found at: Highe in the Greek Peloponnese.

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. Best to phone and check opening times and dates.

17. KALAMBAKA  CAMPING INTERNATIONAL RIZOS: (Tel +3024320-22775, http://www.meteorarizoscamp.gr/). North of Trikala, this is convenient for the Monasteries of the Meteora and the wonderful surrounding Pindos mountains. There are several other campgrounds in and around Kalambaka, some of which may stay open all year. This one is on the left of the road from Trikala, about 2 miles before Kalambaka. Beware non-negotiable washing machine at 7 per small load! Note: in November 2011 Viv Luscott reported this site had closed in September for the winter.

18. KASTRAKI, KALAMBAKA  CAMPING VRACHOS: (+3024320-22293). In the village of Kastraki, 1 km from Kalambaka along the road to the Meteora Monasteries. ACSI Card 16 Euros.

19. 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 8 miles) can be reached by underground railway (the Kifissia-Pireus line). In Nea Kifissia itself are several UK stores and supermarkets.

20. ATHENS  CAMPING ATHENS (+30210-5814113/4). 5 miles west of Athens, on the left coming in on the Corinth road. New facilities and a bus into Athens from opposite the gate. Expensive, but nearest to Athens. They offer a secure place to leave the motorhome parked, while (for example) flying from Athens or taking a ferry, at a reduced price (9 a night in Dec 2007).

21. 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).

22. 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.

23. DELPHI  CAMPING DELPHI: (+3022650-82745). On the Itea-Delphi road, 4 km from Delphi. ACSI Card 16 Euros. 

24. IOANNINA  CAMPING LIMNOPOULA: (+302651-025265). A large open site at the Nautical Club on the lake-side, 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. There is often someone around to turn on the electricity for a small fee. A good stop between Igoumenitsa port and Kalambaka/Meteora.

25. KAVALA  BATIS MULTIPLEX CAMPING TERRA: (4 km Kavala-Thessaloniki Old Road, 65500 Kavala. +302510-245918) Expensive, with extremely poor facilities 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 seen in Greece.

26. VERGINA  PAID GUARDED CAMPING. Well signposted in the village. Level parking area, electrical hook up, drinking water tap. 6 with electricity. Very friendly and helpful owner lives on site: speaks German (son speaks English). Very near Royal Macedonian Tombs and highly recommended.

27. 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.

28. STYLIDA  CAMPING: (+302238-023827/8). Between the National Road and the beach, west of Lamia. 2 miles west of Stylida. Expensive, with very poor facilities, but open all year and well placed for a break between Athens and Thessaloniki.

29. ALEXANDROUPOLI  CAMPING MUNICIPAL: (+302551-028735). 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. (No washing machine!)

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

30. CRETE  CAMPING AGIA GALINI: (+302832-031507). At Agia Galini about halfway along the south coast. Small and a bit scruffy, this site is on a warm coast and 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 Kalamata and/or Gythion in the winter months a shorter crossing but check!

More details on many of the above at www.campingreece.gr and on the Dutch ACSI website www.eurocampings.co.uk/greece which gives a Google map and co-ordinates for each site.