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 the historic town of Pylos
Most famous as the site of the Battle of Navarino in 1827 which turned the tide for Greek independence, the historic importance of this small coastal town spans the ages.
Visit Ancient Pylos (current name of the area is the village of Chora) to be transported to ancient Greece at the ruins of the Palace of Nestor and discover more about the area at its hilltop museum, inside a former Turkish fortress.
- Hike to Polylimnio Waterfalls
The cascading pools at Polylimnio Waterfalls are one of Messinia’s best-kept secrets. After a short 30-minute drive, follow the roar of water to find the largest falls; but are you brave enough to jump in? Top tip: pack trainers or sturdy sandals and don’t forget to wear your swimsuit as there are no changing facilities on site.
- 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 an unobstructed view across Navarino Bay. Pure bliss.
- 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 1 hour 35-minute drive from Costa Navarino. See where the first Olympians trained and competed for more than a thousand years to honour their gods.
- Recharge with a healing massage at Anazoe Spa
Ancient wisdom meets modern science in a series of signature treatments at the 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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