During my 10-days trip to Athens and the Peloponnese I have travelled 2850 km by car, 85 km by foot and have visited 11 towns. I have tried to cover primarily the unpopular, but still beautiful places, so I have gathered invaluable insights about how to get there, planning your visit, places to eat and sleep, best time for photos, safety tips, useful resources from the web.
The road from Volos to Thessaloniki in emergency mode and mainly off the highway takes us 3 and a half hours, instead of the standard for the highway 2 hours and 15 minutes. However, I have a great desire to walk in the historic center and take pictures before sunset completely leaves me without light, so I just throw my luggage in the hotel and impatiently take to the streets with a camera in hand. In 1 hour I manage to cover 4 km TOGETHER with the shooting, which is an achievement.
With enough time and a more reliable car, getting from Githio to Patras could be quite picturesque and complete. If one chooses the longer route through Kardamili and Kalamata, which winds along the coast of the Messenian Gulf, instead of the relatively harsher mountain landscape of the faster and shorter route through Sparta, there is a chance to travel for many hours, stopping at each of the beaches listed as "20 Peloponnese beaches to see" because really 80% of those beaches are there.
Today's top destination is the abandoned stone town of Vatia and possibly the southernmost point of the Mani Peninsula, crowned with a lighthouse, but anyway according to Google Maps the road to get there is only about 60 km, so I target 18 : 30 hours to make the light more acceptable for photos. We will fill the time with several beaches in the area that look interesting.