Tolo, located in the Peloponnese region of Greece, has grown from a pretty fishing village into an appealing tourist resort. It is beautifully set overlooking a wide bay, dotted with a trio of tiny islands, and boasts gorgeous sandy beaches, plenty of restaurants and bars, and a host of water sports. There are masses of fascinating historical sights to visit within easy reach, including the handsomely preserved town of Nafplio (10 kilometres away). Tolo is a truly delightful resort that perfectly combines the quintessential Greek tranquillity with plenty to see and do. No wonder it’s a popular choice with all kinds of visitors, from families to couples!
The stunning beaches, azure sea, gorgeous natural setting and chilled pace have made Tolo a top choice for travellers looking to kick back and unwind. The golden beach invites relaxation, the water is just the right temperature for cooling off, and there are restaurants and tavernas within a 2-minute walk of your beach towel. If you’re feeling more active, there are some wonderful coastal walks and bike rides in the area, including one to the evocative ruins of Assini, beautifully set on a headland. The ancient harbour town of Nafplio, replete with beautiful Venetian and Ottoman buildings, is only a 15-minute drive away.
The Peloponnese region has been famous for its abundant fresh produce since earliest times. While you’ll find a smattering of international restaurants in Tolo, there are also lots of atmospheric local tavernas where you can tuck into the delicious local cuisine. The famous Peloponnese artichokes and aubergines feature in lots of recipes including roast lamb and artichokes, usually served at Easter, or the tasty vegetable side dish, braised artichokes with spinach. The region is thickly covered with olive groves, which produce all kinds of olives, including the deliciously plump Kalamata variety. The pungent local feta is the perfect foil to the fresh tomato and cucumber salads that are the ideal dish for the scorching summer heat.
Families come back time and time again to Tolo – and it’s easy to see why. The shallow, crystal-clear waters (with the Blue Flag seal of quality), the long sandy beach and the warmth of the local people make it ideal for a laid-back family holiday. Add to that plenty of water sports on tap for older children, plus some ancient ruins which are too beautifully located to be boring, and the trio of tiny islets that can be reached by pedalo, and it all adds up to a wonderful holiday in the sun with the kids. Kids might also enjoy some of the town festivals, from the sand-sculpture festival in July to the beach volley competition held in August.
Action & Adventure
Tolo is an enjoyably relaxed resort, but it keeps adrenaline junkies happy with its wide range of water sports, and wonderful swimming and snorkelling opportunities. There are some fantastic hiking and biking trails around Tolo, including an easy hike around the bay to the beautiful ruins of Assini, plus a host of stiffer hikes up to hills with charming traditional churches and amazing vantage points. Further afield in the Peloponnese, you can have a go at canyoning, riding, white water rafting and even skiing and snowboarding (the Kalavryta ski centre is about 2.5 hours away by car).
The main beach at Tolo is a lovely one-kilometre-long stretch of sand that dips gently into the turquoise bay. It has plenty of facilities, from sun lounger and parasol rental, to water sports, play areas, and a great selection of cafés and restaurants. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, then head to Kastraki beach, which is smaller, and has a mixture of pebbles and shingle. It’s located close to the beautiful ruins of ancient Assini and has no facilities, so you will need to bring water, snacks and some shade. You’ll find more unspoilt beaches on the three little islets (Karonisi, Romvi and Daskalio) located in the middle of the bay, which can be reached by kayak or pedalo from the main beach.
Tolo is not a particularly large resort, but it has plenty to keep you entertained in the evenings. There are plenty of bars and cafés and a couple of clubs, and there are plenty of festivals and events throughout the summer that bring music and dancing on to the streets. Many of the tavernas also host dinner shows with traditional Greek music and dancing. If you want a bigger selection of bars and clubs, head to nearby Nafplio, which is one of the most beautiful cities in Greece, and is located just 20 minutes away by bus. Note that while the nightlife is at its liveliest during July and August, in winter most of the bars and clubs close down.
Tolo is an idyllic spot for a relaxed holiday in the sun with your partner. Soak up the unique Greek light, sprawl on the gorgeous sandy beach, take a dip in the transclucent waters and then dine by the water’s edge as the sun goes down. You could stroll or bike around the charming bay to reach the stunning ruins of Assini: if you’re visiting in August, you could join in the romantic full moon festival. And the beautiful little city of Nafplion, with its stage-set streets full of Ottoman and Venetian buildings, is the perfect place for a romantic stroll.
The ruins of ancient Assini, from where it's easy to imagine the fleet that once sailed from here to fight Troy, are magnificently located at the tip of a headland overlooking Tolo. The town is also a fantastic base for visiting some of the most impressive ancient sites in Greece. The stunning ‘Golden City’ of Mycenae with its royal tombs, the enormous amphitheatre at Epidavros (which hosts performances throughout the summer months), and the quiet hillside ruins of Corinth are all located within an hour or two’s drive. Also within easy reach is the elegant former capital of Nafplio, replete with historic churches and monuments.