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Greece: Campgrounds Open All Year PDF Printable Version E-mail


Margaret Williamson
Updated April 2015 with GPS co-ordinates


Do not expect Western European standards on Greek campsites at any time of the year, let alone in winter when few are open and most of these wear an air of abandonment. With the few exceptions noted below, Greek campsites appear to have been thrown together cheaply and in a hurry at some distant time of boom in the economy. The small pitches are often muddy, overgrown and with overhanging trees - albeit some with oranges or olives on them - and inadequate facilities are poorly maintained. Safety is not a priority (think fire and electricity), the owners-managers-caretakers are often absent, charges are sometimes exorbitant (see Sparta) and receipts are rarely given. The few other residents and the lack of a social space in which to meet (bars, restaurants, etc are usually closed in the winter) means you have to find your own entertainment. But don't rely on the campsite WiFi connection, assuming that there is one.

In other words, it's time Greece got its act together in its inspection and licensing of campsites, aiming to greatly increase standards.

Our own ironic but accurate take on the Greek campsite scene can be found at:

Kamping Karpouzi

Winter Campsite Brochure

Why do we keep coming back to Greece in the winter, given all we have written above? Because we love Greece and there are many opportunities for free campingSee our suggestions:

Free Camping in Greece 

Based on our own extensive experience of wintering in Greece by motorhome (especially in the Peloponnese), below is our list of campsites that do stay 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. Recent experience also leads us to recommend Camping Triton II at Drepano near Nafplio for a long winter stay on a well-equipped and maintained site. Camping Akrata Beach near Akrata on the Gulf of Corinth also stands out, with caring resident owners and clean modern facilities.


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

CAMPSITES OPEN ALL YEAR ROUND THE PELOPONNESE - the southern part of the Greek mainland. Going anticlockwise from the port of Patras, these are mainly on the beach with free hot showers, unlimited electricity, a washing machine and perhaps WiFi. Facilities are often barely acceptable but at least the sites are open! There may be a few winter residents. If a price is given it is for 2 people in a motorhome or caravan, including unmetered electricity, in the winter period (1 Nov-31 March). Some (not all) charge less for a single person.

1. GLYFA CAMPING IONION BEACH: (+302623-096395/6). Fax: +302623-096425 Visit: http://www.ionion-beach.gr/?lang=en. 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. New swimming pool and beach bar (not in winter). Seasonal restaurant and shop. En-suite apartments available for rent year-round. WiFi (daily limit 300 MB) included in the winter rates (1/11-31/3). 40 miles south along the New National Rd from Patras, 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). Amazing sunsets over island of Zakinthos opposite (ferry from nearby Killini; also ferry to Kefalonia). In winter 2014/15 it was still our all-time Greek favourite, though some find it too remote from shops. ACSI Card 18 Euros (mid-winter 15 Euros, or long-term rate negotiable). 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. Washing machine. WiFi available. Seasonal restaurant. Small shaded pitches. ACSI Card 16 Euros (possibly less mid-winter or for long-stay). In winter 2014 the site was open but overgrown and empty. We much prefer Ionion Beach. N 37.83828 E 21.12972

3. 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

4. FINIKOUNDA CAMPING FINIKES: (+302723-028524). http://www.finikescamping.gr/en. 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 (which you clean yourself). Small shaded pitches, muddy when wet. A few winter residents, German and English. Washing machines. Expensive eggs for sale. Free use of fridge, freezer and electric hot plates in bleak kitchen. Small en-suite apartments also available to rent. Winter rate (1/11-31/3) 12 Euros including WiFi and electricity (11 Euros for 2 months or longer). N 36.80283 E 21.78098

This used to be another favourite. However, in recent times Camping Finikes has not been maintained, the owner is often absent in winter and the facilities are neglected. By the end of December 2014 many of the long-term winter residents had moved out, preferring other campsites such as Triton II (see below). Like them, we shall not be returning. Read our very critical: Report on the Deterioration of Camping Finikes.

5. FINIKOUNDA CAMPING THINES: (+302723-071200). ACSI Website Description. Opposite the beach, half a mile west of Finikounda (between Methoni and Koroni). Look for right turn (signed) before the village. Small pitches (unsuitable large vehicles) with no privacy. Difficult to manoeuvre around the many trees. Washing machines. Free WiFi and winter discounts. In winter 2014 the site was open but had seriously deteriorated, with dismal facilities. We didn't stay: another former favourite that is in decline. N 36.80555 E 21.79583

6. KORONI CAMPING KORONI: (+302725-022119). http://www.koronicamping.com/. In Koroni in the south-east corner of the Messinian Peninsula. ACSI Card 16 Euros. Very small sloping pitches. In Feb 2015 the site was open but deserted. We didn't stay. 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."

7. GYTHION 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, but only 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. But beware low trees, as the site is an unkempt forest of olive and orange trees - see our article on this subject following a stay in May 2014: Olive Grove or Campsite? N 36.72913 E 22.54519

8. 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 sweet oranges. Sadly the grim antiquated toilet/shower facilities and the high price (with no winter discounts) make the site suitable for a very short stay only. In Feb 2015 the price was 23.50 Euros and we had to ask for the boiler to be turned on! N 37.0716 E 22.4049

9. DREPANO CAMPING TRITON II: (+302752-092128). http://www.tritonii.gr/. At Drepano, east of Nafplio. Short walk from village shops. Handy for Mycenae, Epidavros, Argos and the Argolid. Good sized site on the beach run by a Greek family. Christine, the manager, speaks good English and German. Hard standing, paved roads and well-drained throughout. Level hedged pitches, each with tap and hook-up with cut-out. Very good clean facilities and constant hot water. Laundry with washer and drier; kitchen with fridges, freezer and gas rings. Free WiFi. A few loyal winter visitors, along with those who came from Camping Finikes. In March 2015 we joined them and would willingly return. 20 Euros short stay, 17 Euros for one week plus, 300 Euros for a month, longer-term winter rate even less. N 37.53173 E 22.89056

10. 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. Owned and run by English-speaking family. Washing machine. Swimming pool (not in winter). A few German-speaking winter residents. WiFi internet at 1.50 Euros per day. ACSI Card 16 Euros (lower monthly winter rates). Remote from shops. In March 2015 the site looked neglected, with many statics and little space. We didn't stay. N 37°29'50” E 22°59'26”

11. 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

12. ANCIENT CORINTH AFRODITE'S WATERS CAMPERSTOP: (+30 27410-27333 or +30 6949731665). Recommended by Peter Highe when it opened in 2010. (His full article can be found at: Highe in the Greek Peloponnese.) In April 2015 we found the price still 10 Euros, including water, dump, electricity, WC, hot shower and kitchen with gas rings and hot water. Washing machine available. No WiFi. Produce from family farm for sale. The very welcoming resident owner, Spiros, speaks good English. Very convenient for ancient site and museum (well worth a visit, half-price if over 65!) Also ideally placed to leave motorhome and take train (1 hr) to Athens. N 37.91139 E 22.87861

13. AKRATA CAMPING AKRATA BEACH: (+302696-031988). 2 miles W of Akrata. http://www.akrata-beach-camping.gr/  A very well organised site with modern facilities, by the pebble shore of the Gulf of Corinth. Normal price 18.60 Euros (lower rate negotiable in winter.) The owner Manolis (Emmanuel) speaks excellent English and really cares for his guests. Free WiFi works on all pitches. Cafe/restaurant opened while we were there, first weekend in April. The site is open all year, though empty in winter. Phone ahead in the low season. We fully agree with the report below. N 38.17380 E 22.33830

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. 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


This section covers the great majority of the campsites 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.

15. IGOUMENITSA CAMPING DREPANOS: (+3026650-26980). North of Igoumenitsa round the coast road. A new entry in the ACSI Card book 2015 (at 16 Euros) claims 'recently refurbished'. Our visit in April 2015 proved otherwise - the facilities were particularly disgusting. No laundry. Free WiFi. Convenient for ferry port. N 39.50817 E 20.22219

16. KASTRAKI, KALAMBAKA CAMPING VRACHOS: (+3024320-22293). In the village of Kastraki, 1 km from Kalambaka along the road to the Meteora Monasteries. Very limited and grubby facilities in winter, but the only camp open for visiting Meteora. Free WiFi around Reception only. In Nov 2014 we joined a few others, sharing just 2 toilets and 2 showers. ACSI Card 16 Euros. N 39.7120 E 21.61625

17. 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

18. 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

19. 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

20. 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

22. 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. In April 2015 the site was open, with free city WiFi. The price was extortionate, given the dismal facilities. N 39.67799 E 20.84279

23. 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 – stayed one night and would never return. N 40.91573 E 24.37851

24. VERGINA GUARDED CAMPERSTOP: (+3023310-92864). Well signposted in the village. Level parking area, drinking water tap, free WiFi. €4 (or €7 with electricity) in Nov 2014. Very friendly and helpful owner lives on site and speaks German (son speaks English). Short walk to Royal Macedonian Tombs (highly recommended). N 40°29'6” E 22°19'10”

25. 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!) Stayed one night only. N 40.75797 E 23.75183

26. 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

27. 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

28. 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 campsite we know that is open all year:

29. 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 and opening dates are subject to change!

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