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Travel Guide To Messinia, Greece

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Located in southwestern Greece in the Peloponnese, Messinia sits on the beautiful Ionian Sea with a rich history beginning before the bronze age, involving wars against Sparta and Roman conquering. People also visit Messinia to experience a more authentic side of Greece not overrun by tourism. Here you can visit impressive ruins, sunbathe on pristine beaches, scuba dive, chat with friendly locals, and partake in cultural activities like olive harvesting and Messinian cooking classes.
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Unnamed Rd,, Methoni 240 06, Greece
Methoni Castle is an impressive fortress—one of the Mediterranean's biggest—built by the Venetians in the early 13th century. Along with a scenic setting on a rocky outcropping on the Ionian Sea, Methoni Castle has a number of impressive features....
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Marathopoli 244 00, Greece
Peloponnesians have appreciated the health benefits of their Mediterranean diet (high in veggies, fruits, whole grains, olive oil, nuts, and fish) for centuries. These days, the fish soup at Thalassinos (shown) in the seaside town of Marathopoli,...
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Coffee lovers should head straight to Kafenio & Deli when arriving into Messinia. Located in Costa Navarino's Agora, the coffee shop serves up frappes and cappuccinos as well as traditional Greek coffee that's been slow-brewed on hot sand using a...
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Marathopoli 244 00, Greece
For those wanting a laid-back nightlife experience in Messinia, head to Loco Bar. Open from 10pm to 5am nightly, this casual venue features a dark wood bar and industrial accents like exposed brick and beams and steel light fixtures. Regular...
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Marathopoli 244 00, Greece
The slate black building of Albatross Seaside features a number of distinct atmospheres for guests, including a main room with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Ionian Sea, elevated seating upstairs, a private room with fireplace, and a...
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Gialova 240 01, Greece
Located in Messenia's village of Gialova, Amica Lounge is where you should go for a fun night out—the venue stays open until 5 a.m. each day. The focus is on craft cocktails, providing thoughtful mixology over quick bartending. Opt for one of...
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Marathopoli 244 00, Greece
For those wanting fresh, yet budget-friendly Mediterranean seafood in a scenic waterfront location, Maistrali Restaurant is a laid-back fish tavern serving a large variety of fresh catch: Mullet, pragus, red snapper, blackfish, swordfish, bream,...
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Kalamata 241 00, Greece
Each year, the Kalamata Dance Festival honors the timeless art of dance. July 2013 marked the event's 19th year, making it an important part of local culture. The festival is hosted by the Kalamata International Dance Center and features a mix of...
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Located at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino, 1827 Lounge Bar is known for its stylish decor featuring dark wood furniture and walls crafted from native stone, as well as its superior Jing Tea loose leaf teas. If you're trying to get a buzz, the...
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Located at the Navarino Dunes Beach, Barbouni Restaurant provides a great waterfront dining experience on the beautiful Ionian Sea. While you can find salads and Greek delicacies on the menu, the highlight is the fresh caught fish and seafood....
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Located in Costa Navarino's Agora, the Kayak Ice Cream Boutique is one of the top Greek companies producing high-quality ice cream. Many of their flavors are based on traditional Messenian products, providing a delicious local experience. Some...
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While there is much to see and do in and around Costa Navarino and its luxury resorts, those who want to explore further out can rent a car from Hertz right at the onsite Navarino Dunes. This is an especially great option for those wanting to...
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Messinia Costa Navarino, Gargaliani 240 01, Greece
For an exclusive experience, Navarino Collections at Navarino Dunes is a must visit. The venue features items made specifically for Navarino Collections. For example, there are clothes by brands such as Ralph Lauren featuring the Costa Navarino...
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Messinia offers many opportunities to play sports, from golf to soccer to tennis and beyond. Travelers don't need to worry about packing equipment from home, as Playsports at Costa Navarino's Navarino Dunes sells both stylish sports apparel and...
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Offering a mix of affordable and designer brands, Tsamis Eyewear Boutique at Costa Navarino's Navarino Dunes sells glasses, contact lenses, sunglasses, fashionable frames, and related accessories. Staff here really know their stuff when it comes...
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At Manuel Canovas, shoppers can find the perfect outfit and accessories for looking trendy on the beach. Picture brightly colored bathing suits, loose-fitting dresses and camisoles in bold patterns, beach totes, sandalwood-scented candles, and...
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For those wanting to indulge or travelers wanting to surprise their significant other with something truly special, head to Kessaris at Costa Navarino's Navarino Dunes. The shop specializes in jewelry and watches from luxury brands like Rolex,...
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Families traveling with children will love Ecoism, located at Costa Navarino's Navarino Dunes. Here you'll find 100 percent organic children's clothing and eco-friendly toys crafted from natural materials. Their selection of high-quality wooden...
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For those who enjoy artisanal shopping, Apia Handmade Creations at Costa Navarino's Navarino Dunes is a must. Shopping here is like perusing an art gallery, as everything in the shop is created by Greek artists. This whimsical shops shelves are...
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Open for lunch and dinner, this clubhouse restaurant is popular with golfers after a game, as well as those who enjoy al fresco dining in a scenic location. Flame's focus is on high-quality cuts of meat and fresh seafood. Produce and herbs used to...
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For those with a big appetite, Morias Restaurant is renowned for its traditional Greek breakfasts and themed buffets. In the morning the restaurant offers a range of healthy local options like yogurt, honey, cheeses, made-to-order omelets,...
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At Da Luigi, located in the centre of Agora at The Navarino Dunes, diners can enjoy traditional Italian meals with inspiration taken from all over the country. Start with an antipasto buffet before choosing one their traditional pizzas, or an a la...
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The recreational park, located at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, is filled with fun family-friendly things to do. The park is divided into four sections: An aquatics area, a playground, an indoor sports facility, and a game-infused restaurant....
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Gialova 240 01, Greece
For a satisfying dessert, head to Mr. Yogie, where you can sample delicious frozen yogurt and gelato in a welcoming space. Not only will you be wowed by the flavors, but also the toppings, with some choices being truffles, brownies, strawberry...
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Gialova 240 01, Greece
For an affordable waterfront meal (most dishes are under $25), Elia Restaurant is a top choice. Focusing on traditional Greek fare, their specialty is a Talagani cheese prepared with a hot wine grape preserve. Pair your meal with a local or...
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Dio-Olympos 270 65, Greece
Even the most experienced visitor of ancient ruins has to think Olympia is pretty cool. To walk beneath the arched entrance to the original Olympic stadium? How can you not take your place at the ancient starting line as if you're about to sprint...
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Ira 270 61, Greece
A UNESCO World Heritage site, the Temple of Apollo Epicurius pays homage to Apollo, the god of healing, prophecy, the sun, and music. It's an important attraction, built between 420 to 400 B.C.E., mainly from local gray limestone and marble, on...
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Messinia Costa Navarino, Gargaliani 240 01, Greece
To help immerse guests in authentic Greek culture, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, offers a Costa Navarino Olive Harvesting Experience as part of their Messenian Authenticity Program. The hands-on activity involves placing a net under olive...
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Gialova, Pilos 240 01, Greece
Gialova Lagoon is a birder's paradise, home to over 270 species on account of its shallow waters and abundance of fish and plants. It's Greece's southernmost major wetland and the only place in Europe where you can see the African chameleon. The...
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Proti, Gargaliani, Greece
Just a mile off Messinia's coast is the beautiful Proti Island, which is said to resemble a crocodile in shape, and is a haven for history buffs. On land, you'll find archeological sites and ruins from ancient temples and citadels. Additionally,...
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At The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, you'll find one of Greece's most opulent spas: The Anazoe Spa at Navarino Dunes. Featuring a menu of treatments based on ancient techniques and health traditions that incorporate local, natural ingredients,...
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Messenia, Greece
Often described as a Greek paradise, the Polilimnio Waterfalls in Polilimnio Gorge offer something different from Messenia's usual beaches. Visitors are immersed in a scene of lush greenery, gushing cascades, and green lakes filled with...
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Messinia Costa Navarino, Gargaliani 240 01, Greece
Through The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, guests can learn the art of Messenian cooking during a Messenian Cooking Class. Taking place in a village home in the scenic town of Pylos, the hands-on experience educates guests on local cooking styles...
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At Navarino Dunes, something that can be seen throughout their restaurants is the "Omega Concept," a way of dining based on the healthy Omega diet. Creative dishes are made in a farm-to-fork fashion using herbs and produce from Navarino Dunes'...
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Paleokastro 831 00, Greece
Also known as Old Navarino Castle, Paleokastro—built by the Frankish ruler Nicholas II de St. Omer around 1278—is located above Voidokila Beach in Messinia's Mediterranean area. Make sure to bring your camera, as a trek to the castle awards...
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ΠΥΛΟΣ 240 01, Greece

In Greek mythology, Heracles slew all the sons of the King of Pylos except Nestor, who became king of Pylos himself. Nestor appears as a sage elder in both the Iliad and the Odyssey, expounding on how things were really tough back in his...

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ΠΥΛΟΣ 240 01, Greece
Located in Messinia's Mediterranean area, this popular beach is most well-known for its distinct "omega" shape. Locals and visitors come here to lap up the waves, admire the dunes, sunbathe on soft sand, hike, and bird watch. Other attractions...
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Παπάζογλου 6, Καλαμάτα 241 00, Greece
Located in the historic center of Kalamata, the Archeological Museum of Messenia features excavated antiquities from the area, beginning from prehistoric times. Artifacts are separated into four geographical areas in Messenia, including Kalamata,...