Road trip around the Peloponnese with a dog

Road trip around the Peloponnese with a dog

Do you wonder how to organize a road trip around the Peloponnese with a dog? I spent one week on this wonderful Greek peninsula with my dog Shark and my two best friends, the French blogger Camille in Bordeaux and Fanny. They both arrived by air in Athens. Camille from Bordeaux in France and Fanny from Casablanca in Morocco. There go some useful information. Let’s go!

How to organize a road trip around the Peloponnese with a dog?


The Peloponnese is the largest peninsula in Greece. Its connected to the mainland by the famous Corinth canal. This region is filled with beaches, historical sites, vibrant cities, picturesque villages, mountains and olive tree fields. Greece is not only about islands. This mediterranean country hides a lot of treasures in the Peloponnese.

Road trip dans le Peloponnese avec un chien

The itinerary of our road trip in the Peloponnese © GoogleMaps 2019

  • Athens – Ziria : 2 h
  • Ziria – Olympia : 1 h 50
  • Olympia – Pylos : 1 h 45
  • Pylos – Stoupa beach : 1 h 55
  • Stoupa beach – Monemvasia : 2 h 20
  • Monemvasia – Sparte : 1 h 20
  • Sparte – Nauplio : 1 h 40
  • Nauplio – Athens: 1 h 50


There are lots of things to do during a road trip around the Peloponnese with a dog. I travelled over there in the end of June to avoid high season (July & August) and heat.

List of places to discover on the road:

  • Voidokilia beach: it is a gorgeous sand beach in an arch shape. One of the most beautiful beaches of the Peloponnese! 
  • The city of Pylos: lovely stroll through the charming alleys and the traditional port. 
  • Methoni castle: we had a real crush for these medieval ruins by the sea! Dogs are allowed on leash and for free. 
  • The village and the castle of Koroni: a peaceful village and ruins of a Venitian castle overlooking the sea. Free access and dogs allowed.
  • Kardamyli 
  • Gythio 
  • Monemvasia 
  • The city of Nauplio : Greeks consider it as one of the most romantic cities in the country.
  • The seaside resort of Tolo 

Note about the archeological sites in Greece

In Greece (as in the majority of countries), pets are not allowed in archeological sites. The Peloponnese hosts many of them, especially the village of Olympia, Epidauros theatre and the Byzantine city of Mystras. While my friends visited these places, I walked my dog in the beautiful surroundings.


As usual, I looked for dog friendly hotels, guesthouses and appartments on Booking. By the way, it appears among my 6 helpful websites to plan a trip with a dog. My main criteria were the following:

  • pets allowed for free (even large ones like Shark)
  • free WI-FI
  • free parking

TIP: first time on Booking ? Use my referral link to win 15 euros (I win 15 euros too) 😉


There go the accommodation where we stayed with my friends and my dog in the Peloponnese:

  • PYLOS: 12 Gods Resort, a beautiful small hotel with an infinity pool overlooking the sea
  • STOUPA: Kastraki Sudios, a studio with a kitchen, a bathroom and a large balcony. Basic comfort and cheap price.
  • SELLASIA (SPARTE): To Selas, fcgarming guesthouse owned by an adorable Greek family, outside of Sparte (the city does not worth a visit).
  • TOLO: Hotel Electra, a few kilometers outside the city of Nauplio.

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In Greece, like in many countries, pets are not allowed inside restaurants. It is the law but it is not a real problem. Indeed, most of Greek restaurants has a beautiful outdoor space. I recommand you to always ask the waiter if you can sit with your pet. Dogs must be on leash and not bother other clients.

There goes a list of restaurants where we enjoyed a delicious meal in the outdoors with Shark:

  • Mythos Restaurant in Olympia (small family-run restaurant away from touristic shops)
  • Dioskouri Café in Kardamyli (traditional restaurant with a great shadowed terrasse overlooking the sea)
  • Maria’s Kafenes in Stoupa (excellent place for a tasty breakfast and warm welcome)
  • Taverna Matoula in Monemvasia (romantic atmosphere and typical Greek dishes)

🔶Read my travel tips for a Summer stay in Greece with your dog.

Ready to organize your road trip around the Peloponnese with your dog? 

If you have any question, leace me a comment below. 

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