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Messinia - Rich in history, culture and ancient myth

Messinia, Southwest Peloponnese has endless sandy coasts, rocky coves and some of the clearest and cleanest seas in Greece. There are fertile valleys, olive and cypress trees, aromatic citrus groves and imposing mountains for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers alike. You can enjoy many activities; swimming, sunbathing, fishing, snorkelling, sailing, walking, climbing, turtle spotting, olive picking, wild flowers, horse riding, cycling and bird watching.

Peroulia

Peroulia Beach

Finikounda

Finikounda beach

Finikounda

Finikounda

Methoni

Methoni castle and sands

Beaches, watersports and golf

A short drive (10 to 15 mins) south of Villa Karinyon takes you to golden sands and child friendly beaches, Peroulia, Kombi and Vounaria and also to the popular seaside villages Koroni and Finikounda.

The Venetian village Koroni has cobbled streets, an ancient monastery and at the sandy beaches of Zaga and Memi there are protected areas where the Caretta turtles make their nests. There are banks, supermarket, pharmacy and souvenir shops.

Finikounda has various golden sandy beaches and constant fresh sea breezes, making it one of the best surfing and sailing areas in all of Greece. There are shops, harbourside cafés and traditional tavernas serving fresh fish and authentic Greek dishes.

Attractions - Out and about

A little further on, you come to Methoni where a vast 13th century fortress is surrounded on three sides by the sea. Inside the ancient fortress are the remains of a medieval village.

Continue around the coast and within one hour you reach the beautiful and historic port of Pylos. In 1827 British Admiral Codrington accidentally sank almost the entire Turkish fleet at the Battle of Navarino.  Many of the 53 ships can still be seen deep down in the clear blue waters. Pylos has two magnificent ancient castles. King Nestor's palace is well preserved, including the King's original bath tub! 

At Navarino Dunes in Romanos, near Pylos there is a golf training school and an 18-hole championship golf course. 

Pylos

Pylos castle

Koroni

Koroni monastery

Koroni

Koroni harbour

Messini

Ancient Messini

Nature and wildlife

Continue a further 8km towards Gialova to Voidokilia beach and Divari lagoon. Voidokilia beach is a stunning expanse of golden sand. The nearby lakes are exceptional and of much interest to nature and wildlife enthusiasts, bird watchers and photographers.

Divari lagoon is a protected wildlife sanctuary and the most important southern migratory birds station in the Balkans. There are many species of birds (including flamingos) which can be viewed from the many paths and nature trails surrounding the lakes.

Historic sites

Head north from the villa, towards capital city Kalamata and within 45 minutes you reach the delightful village Mavromati with refreshing waterfalls which overlook the scattered ruins of Ancient Messini. According to Greek myth; the ancient god Zeus was actually born here, not on Crete.
 
Parts of the ancient site have not been excavated yet but there is an impressive Doric temple and a well preserved assembly hall with a beautiful Roman floor.  The stadium which was used to stage contests in honour of Zeus remains largely intact.