.:Towns & Villages

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Ariel view of Chrani village and some of its long beach - Click to enlargeGood selection of great food with seating indoors, under cover, sunny or shaded outdoor - Click to enlargeChrani

Chrani is a quiet, small, rural, village only 13 metres above sea level with a long stretching sand and shingle beach and views across the Messinian Gulf towards the Mani and Tayegetos Mountains. There are plenty of good quality restaurants (one of our is favourites Hellas pictured above) tavernas, bars, beach bars and mini markets. It is an ideal place to explore the neighbouring countryside, towns and tourist centres.

Chrani is the place for a peaceful and relaxing holiday. Chrani has plenty of holiday accommodation and it has a reputation for keeping visitors returning again and again. All the towns and villages here are within very easy reach by car with the exception of Nafplion, and Epidavros which best visited on the way to Chrani or back to Athens while Mystras is a long day trip and Olympia deserves a one night stay to do it justice.

The harbour at Agios AndreasAgios Andreas

A small resort with harbour with tavernas, bars, 2 ATM machines, a few shops and 2 petrol stations.

The harbour side is a wonderfully picturesque place to eat and drink with plenty of shade and easy parking. Off the main road are other tavernas more traditional in nature that are very good value for money.

Nafplion

View of Nafplion from the CastleView of the castle from Nafplion

View of the castle from Nafplion

If on the way from Athens or on the way back you get a chance to visit the amphitheatre at Epidavros or the city of Nafplion then you will not regret it. Nafplion is a seaport town that was the first capital of modern Greece. It attracts a tourists from all over Europe and It enjoys a very sunny and mild climate, even by Greek standards, and as a consequence has become a popular day- or weekend road trip destination for Athenians in wintertime.

Epidavros

The theater is marveled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of un-amplified spoken word from the proscenium to all 15,000 spectators, regardless of their seating
Famously, tour guides have their groups scattered in the stands and show them how they can easily hear the sound of a match struck at centre-stage.
The huge theater delights visitors for its symmetry and beauty and it is used for dramatic performances The amphitheatre at Epidavros

 

 

The harbour at FinikoundaFinikounda

Old west coast resort fishing village now a popular holiday spot with plenty of accommodation. Excellent beach, small harbour.
Tavernas, bars, shops.

Centre for wind surfing and water sports

Gialova (Close to Voidokilia)

Dappled shade for diners at GialovaSand, sea and sun at Gialova

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A small village with a few shops, great sand and nice places to eat, either on the harbour wall or under trees whichever you prefer.

Kalamata

The castle at KalamataThe marina at Kalamata

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kalamata (population approximately 70,000) is the second-largest city of the Peloponnese. It lies at the head of the Messinian Gulf near the ancient city of Pharai mentioned by Homer.
Kalamata is renowned as the land of the Kalamatianos dance and the silk kerchief; of succulent dark olives, honey-eyed figs, the honey-covered sesame sweet called pasteli and of course excellent modern and traditional shopping facilities.

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The falls and one of a series of lakes near Haravgi and Kazarma Kazarma (Charavgi) Falls

Near the villages of Kazarma and Charavgi, on the road from Kalamata to Pylos. The falls are situated in a nature reserve set in a steep sided valley.

From the bottom car park a rocky, reasonably well defined path takes you up the valley past a series of small pools finishing at a lake and waterfall. Several of the lakes are suitable for swimming and one is deep enough for diving but be sure to care advice from locals beforehand.

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The splendidly pictureque habour below the castlle and nunnery at KoroniKoroni

Delightful old Venetian coastal town with narrow cobbled streets - Harbour
Numerous tavernas and bars
Banks, ATMs and Post Office
Shops - Regular bus service
Byzantine churches. You are assured of a warm welcome by the nuns. A relatively small but remarkably peaceful and spiritual place above the hustle and bustle of the busy harbour below.
Excellent Zaga and Memi beaches to the west of the town
Two petrol stations on approach to the town via Harakopio

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Tranquil LoggaLoga (Loga / Longa)

Best described as a quiet traditional village far from other tourists, close to Agios Andreas and a perfect place for an ouzo-meze without hearing a word spoken other than Greek however, nearly everyone understands the universal language of pointing - so much more fun than speaking English.

Messini

The pleasant working town of Messini, not to be confused with the nearby archaeological site of Ancient Mycenae, is more a place where residents of Messinia go for routine shopping if it is closer than Kalamata.

It has plenty of restaurants, bars, shops, banks, chemists, doctors, dentists, post office and medical centre. The large, tree lined square is home to traditional bands and theatrical plays in the summer.

The conversion of the central car park into a central square makes parking more difficult but you will always find a space. The impressively large September bazaar draws people from far and wide. Messini's 20 km sandy Blue Flag Bouka shoreline is only a 5-minute car journey away.

Photo of the amphitheatre at Ancient Mycenae, Messinia, Peloponnese, GreeceAncient Messini

This archeological site is very well reviewed on the internet so it is sufficient to say here that visitors to the Peloponnese commonly rank their enjoyment of Ancient Messini along side Mystras, Olympia and Epidavros even though it is far less well known and it is in easy reach of Chrani. Take water on a hot day. The site is both massive and a massively important. The local village is quaint with an excellent jeweller who makes much of what he has for sale. The restored mosaics are very well worth seeing.

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Methoni

Methoni with beach and castleMethoni Castle PrisonMethoni Castle from the Prison

West coastal town with 15th century Venetian castle with good beach, plenty of tavernas, cafes, bars, a Bank and shops. The small family run Klimataria restaurant possibly offers the best vegetarian dishes in Messinia.

The church in the square at Petalidi Petalidi

Small coastal fishing town with harbour, square, cafes, bars and tavernas
Weekly market on Fridays
Petrol stations
Banks and Post Office

 

Pylos with deep water harbour is stop for many cruise shipsPylos

West coastal town with large deep water harbour, marina, water front cafes and restaurants, shops and tavernas, banks and Post Office.

Elegant neo classical buildings and colonnades surround the central square making a perfect place for refreshments.

Site of famous Battle of Navarino. The Turkish built 16th century castle has much to explore including an interesting museum. Young and old will enjoy this trip.

Voidokilia

Voidokilia is famous for its freshwater lagoon and wild life as well as it's extraordinary beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

A 1.5 kilometre long sandy beach, signposted "Golden Beach" but known as Divari (Greek: διβάρι meaning "hatchery") to local people, starts at Gialova and continues west to Old Navarino Castle. The beach is actually a narrow bar separating the sea waters of the Bay from the brackish waters of Gialova Lagoon, a natural site of major importance. It is the only location in Europe where the African chameleon is found. This beach has been named "A Place of Particular Natural Beauty. Above the beach is Nestor's Cave and above this is Palaiokastro. On the right of the gulf is the tomb of Nestor's son, Thrasimidis. Gialova's aquatic habitat, being an important stop for a variety of migratory birds, has been declared the southernmost Habitat of National Importance in the Balkans. It is considered a protected area hosting 258 species of birds out of which the 79 are included in the "Red Book" (species under threat of extinction).

Vounaria is a tiny but marvelous beach but not well known Vounaria

Village set off the main road
Bus passes through village
Shop, two bars.
Five minute drive from excellent sandy beach

 

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