Western Messinia: Lush nature, olive groves, gentle landscapes with fertile valleys and plains, exceptional beaches and authentic flavours. A ‘Garden of Eden’ sought after by many throughout its long and fascinating history.
Built in stunning locations, the castles of Western Messinia face the sea: Neokastro in Pylos, built in 1573, with its four-sided bastions and hexagonal acropolis. Paleokastro in Pylos, fortified with strong walls and crenellations, invites you to discover its charm by climbing up a rocky hill above the sea. It was first built by the Franks in the 13th century, upon the ruins of the ancient acropolis, and continued by Venetian engineers in the 15th century, finally to be completed by the Ottomans in the 16th century. The castle of Methoni, built right upon the water, with its seaside bastions and famous Bourtzi. It houses, among other attractions, the beautiful church of Agia Sofia and the restored sea gate. The castle of Koroni, fortified in 1209, after the Venetians occupied the region. At the top you’ll find the Monastery of Timios Prodromos, with its impressive legends and miracles.
In fact, all of Western Messinia is a miracle. With exotic Voidokoilia, which could have been carved by a giant Titan, its shape forming a 300 degree circle. With the Gialova wetland, the first stop for thousands of migratory birds in Europe, which you can observe from the watch tower. With an area of 6,000 acres, the lagoon is protected by the European Union as part of the Natura 2000 network. Then there’s the bay of Navarino, famous for the legendary naval battle of 1827. And Nestor’s Palace, the best-preserved Mycenaean palace in Greece. Just as important, is the miraculous work of its people that tirelessly produce their olive oil, cultivating and collecting the famous Koroneiki olive. They knead and bake fresh sourdough bread, and cook Messinian cuisine using traditional recipes, with fresh fish and local meat, wild greens, and salads made from local organic produce.
In Costa Navarino, visitors will encounter the rich historic and culinary heritage of the region. Through the cooking courses taught by local housewives, through participating in harvesting and picking olives, and with the many cultural activities that revive the local traditions. Here, you can try the rich natural organic ingredients of the Messinian soil next to the olive groves. Costa Navarino is a collection of authentic experiences with respect to the environment.