Europe at the height of summer has now become so overcrowded and overpriced that the best way to see it is out of season. I was genuinly surprised by how much money we saved by waiting and going to Greece in September. Our flights were cheap, we got a great deal on a hotel and the weather was beautiful without being uncomfortably hot.
Having island hopped a few years ago for our honeymoon, we have seen quite a bit of Greece but have never ventured to the mainland, the Peloponnese to be exact. Through booking.com I found Camvillia Resort, a small boutique hotel set amidst an olive grove overlooking the sea. We more or less had the place to ourselves, sharing the beach and pool with only a handful of other guests.
We preferred to spend our days by the beach which is about a 15 minute walk from the hotel. I know that might seem quite far but there is a free shuttle there and back every hour and the walk is lovely if you set off before it gets too hot. The beach is idyllic with warm, calm and crystal clear waters and soft golden sand. I imagine it is teeming with tourists in high summer but we spent long days reading and munching on fresh fruit and generally feeling like we were the only people on earth.
Food is always a priority and the food in Greece is some of the best you can eat. We feasted mainly on fresh fish and indulged heavily in the delicious olives and olive oil grown in the surrounding groves. There was a restaurant at the beach that did simple, fresh and easy food or we could eat at the hotel if we wanted something a bit more special (read expensive).
This part of Greece totally stole our heart. The beach was one of the best beaches I have ever been to and Camvillia Resort ticked all the boxes. We spent such a relaxing long weekend there and would love to explore the region more. Less touristy than the islands, cheaper and more friendly, I would highly recommend it.
Photos taken by myself and Roland Bagnall using HTC One, Canon EOS, Lumix GF3