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Messinia, southwest Peloponnese

Costa Navarino is located on the west coast of the Messinia region of Greece and in the southwest of Peloponnese.

The Peloponnese, rich in ancient history and natural beauty, stands as a captivating tourism destination in Greece. Its rugged landscapes, pristine beaches, and historical sites attract visitors from around the globe. Messinia emerges as a focal point for travellers seeking an authentic Greek experience and boasts a diverse range of attractions that cater to all types of tourists.

One of Messinia’s highlights is its stunning coastline, with golden sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. From the famous Voidokilia Beach, with its unique horseshoe shape, to the tranquil shores of Kalamata, beach enthusiasts can indulge in activities such as windsurfing, snorkelling, and sailing, while those seeking relaxation can bask in the sun and enjoy the serene surroundings.

Beyond its shores, Messinia is the ideal destination for history and culture enthusiasts. It is home to significant archaeological sites, including the ancient city of Messene, which dates to the 4th century BCE. Visitors can wander through well-preserved ruins, marvel at ancient theatres, and explore the rich cultural heritage of the area. Additionally, the iconic Palace of Nestor, an architectural marvel from the Mycenaean period, offers insight into Greece's ancient past.

Moreover, Messinia's charming villages and picturesque landscapes provide a glimpse into traditional Greek life. Kalamata, renowned for its olives and olive oil, offers a chance to sample local delicacies whilst travellers can explore the countryside through hiking trails and drives.

The Peloponnese is also home to many more breathtaking destinations. Ancient Olympia, nestled in the western part of the region, stands as a significant archaeological site. It is where the Olympic Games were born over 2,700 years ago, making it a pilgrimage site for sports and history enthusiasts.

Further east lies the medieval fortified town of Mystras, strategically built on a hillside overlooking the plain of Sparta. Mystras is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that transports visitors back in time to the Byzantine era. Its well-preserved churches, palaces, and monasteries, decorated with intricate frescoes and mosaics, offer a glimpse into the region's rich medieval history.

In the northeastern part of the Peloponnese, the historic city of Nafplio stands as a testament to the region's Venetian and Ottoman influences. Here you will find elegant neoclassical architecture, cobblestone streets, and a waterfront promenade. Visitors can explore the imposing Palamidi Fortress or wander through the narrow alleys of the old town, where picturesque cafes and boutique shops await around every corner.

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