9 Essential Things to Do When At Costa Navarino
Just three and a half hours’ drive from Athens, Messinia is home to palatial ancient cities, historic churches, hidden coves, epic scenery and some of Greece’s best olives.
With diverse activities, local festivals and an evolving calendar of events at The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino and The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, you’re never short of things to do in this enchanting corner of the southwestern Peloponnese.
Sample the local Greek cuisine
Choose from a range of authentic dining experiences and take advantage of the fresh seafood served daily at beachfront restaurant Barbouni: where dining is as much a feast for the eyes, as the stomach!
Visit one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece
According to legend, Hermes hid 50 stolen oxen from the sun god Apollo in a cave above this beach: today called Voidokilia beach, meaning “ox belly beach”. Climb the hill to the cave and visit Old Navarino Castle for mesmerizing panoramic views of the turquoise waters. If you prefer a slower pace, the sheltered bay is also an idyllic swimming and sunbathing location.
Top tip: visit in the morning and bring a picnic as there’s no amenities nearby.
Explore historic Messinia
Pylos is most famous for the naval Battle of Navarino in 1827 which turned the tide for Greek independence, but this area’s historic importance spans the ages. Discover underwater archaeological treasures inside Niokastro: the former Ottoman fortress which still stands resolutely on Pylos’ hillside. Or visit nearby Chora and be transported to ancient Greece at the ruins of the Palace of Nestor.
Mountain Biking for the Views
Mountain bikers can fulfill their need for speed and open space with cross-country biking up hilly trails, across flat expanses and around a rare wetland habitat. Equip yourself with two wheels at your resort’s bike station or book a guided tour and get ready to work up a healthy sweat.
Top tip: at Gialova Lagoon, depending on the time of year, you may spot migrating birds such as the little egret, glossy ibis or marsh sandpiper. Viewing impossibly beautiful omega-shaped Voidokilia Beach from above will forever remain etched in your memory.
Wander down the promenade at Gialova Village
This quiet seafront promenade is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed lunch, search for souvenirs or simply cool down with an ice cream and enjoy unobstructed views across Navarino Bay.
Test your skill on world-class golf courses
It’s no surprise that Costa Navarino hosts several premier golf tournaments each year, including the Aegean Airlines Pro-Am. The Dunes Course and Bay Course offer golfers an opportunity to experience two of Europe’s top golf courses in one spectacular location. First-timers and those who want to improve their handicap are all welcome at the Navarino Golf Academy!
Follow in the footsteps of heroes
Discover the birthplace of the Olympic Games with a trip to Olympia, a one hour 35-minute drive from Costa Navarino. See where the first Olympians trained and competed to honor their gods for more than a thousand years.
Recharge with a healing massage at Anazoe Spa
Ancient wisdom meets modern science in the series of signature treatments at multi-award winning Anazoe Spa. The Healing Massage Remedy by Hippocrates uses local techniques recovered from clay tablets discovered at the nearby Palace of Nestor and organic products made from its herb garden to create a complete sensory experience.
Toast the sunset at Anax Lounge
Kalamata-distilled Old Sport gin brings local flavours to the classic G & T at Anax Lounge in The Romanos Resort. Choose from its indigenous-inspired menu and celebrate an unforgettable adventure as you watch the sun fade into the Ionian Sea.
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