9 Essential Things to Do When At Costa Navarino

By Rosanna Langton on September 26, 2018

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.

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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; 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.

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.

Discover more about Costa Navarino.


The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, Costa Navarino

The Romanos features extensive grounds with indigenous trees and plants. Spacious terraces, marble exteriors together with contemporary and refined interiors, make The Romanos an ideal choice to experience the authenticity of the environment.

The Westin Resort Costa Navarino

Inspired by old Messinian mansions, the resort’s low-rise villa clusters use natural stone and local design elements to create a motif in perfect harmony with virgin sandy beaches and the pristine hillside landscape.

The “Martaki” Bracelet Greek Custom

A surprise & delight story by Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Athens, who gifted all their hotel guests with a "Martaki" bracelet on the first day of March!

A Walk in the Forest

At the Tudor Hall Restaurant in Athens, Chef de Cuisine Alexandros Koskinas takes you to a walk in the woods, through his forest-inspired menu.

The journey continues… Ironman 70.3 Greece returns to Costa Navarino on 25th of October 2020 for its 2nd edition. #MakeHistory

Following the successful first-ever Ironman 70.3 Greece, Costa Navarino last year, that brought together 1500 elite athletes and over 3000 spectators and volunteers from 61 countries and offered Greece a prominent place in modern sports history, the second edition of IRONMAN 70.3