Chrani (Xrani / Xranoi) in Messinia Greece is a quiet, friendly coastal village with beach bars and tavernas for all tastes and budgets, plenty of accommodation, places to visit and things to do and only 45 mins from Kalamata or 3 hours from Athens. There's a spectacular view from the village and beach across the bay to the Mani's Spartan, rugged, Taygetus Mountain. It's an excellent touring base for the Peloponnese. FIND OUT MORE
Agios Andreas 5km
A very popular village with road-side ATM machine and shops plus, as usual, all family owned and run harbour-side ice cream parlour, tavernas, restaurants & Chemist
There is a beach here too and usually enough space for camper vans to park. Often a cooling sea breeze on a hot day. The harbour side is a wonderfully picturesque place to eat and drink with plenty of shade.
Kalamaki 3km Achladochori 6km
Kalamaki is somewhere you drive through & miss if you blinked but up the hill is the Platanos Taverna at Achladochori (Αχλαδοχώρι)
By the sea are the Panselinos restaurant and our favourite the Vrachos restaurant. Ursula's has just opened on the cross roads adjacent to an unassuming tiny road-side taverna (pictured) owned by a lady 'Servasti' whose speciality is inexpensive fresh fish and down to earth charm.
Loga (Logga / Longa) 6km
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. Also has a chemist & part time medical centre
Small coastal fishing town with harbour, square, cafes, bars and tavernas
Weekly market on Fridays
Post Office (no Bank)
The nain village well away and high above the beach road and while a bus passes through the village
it's a very long steep walk to the beaches either at the Peroulia Akti - a lift takes you to the beach - or Peroulia Beach itself
We prefer the Peroulia Akti because the sun beds are free. It can be a little tricky to find but it's well worth it
Delightful old Venetian coastal town with narrow cobbled streets, harbour, numerous tavernas and bars - Chemist, Banks, ATMs and Post Office - Shops & regular bus service
At its Byzantine church 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
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Kazarma (Charavgi) Falls 23km
Also known as Polylimnio Waterfalls near the the villages of Kazarma and Charavgi, on the road from Rizomylos 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 take great care & advice from locals beforehand
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Large, rural market town more convenient for shopping than Kalamata with plenty of restaurants, bars, shops, banks, chemists, doctors, dentists, post office, blood testing & medical centres
The large, tree lined square is home to traditional bands and theatrical plays in the summer. Parking can be difficult but you will always find a space somewhere. 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
Old west coast resort fishing village now a popular holiday spot with plenty of accommodation
Excellent, small harbour with local beach and plenty more nearby. No shortage of tavernas, bars and shops
'Wake tube ski', Windsurfing, Sup & Kayak, Pedal Boats
West coastal town with 15th century Venetian castle with good beach, plenty of tavernas, cafes, bars, beach bars, a Bank and shops
The road between the Castle Car Park and the Square has the two of the best restaurants for 'Specials' - close together are the Παλιά Ιστορία (Literal meaning Old Story) and the Klimataria (Literal meaning Arbor) for terrific vegetarian dishes
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Pylos (Pilos) 38km
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.
Ancient Messene at Mavromati 45km
A well reviewed archaeological site whose visitors commonly rank their enjoyment of Ancient Messene 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 massively important. The local village is quaint with an excellent jeweller who makes much of what he has for sale Click/Tap for Picture Gallery
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
Over shadowed by the popularity of nearby Voidokilia, Pylos and Naravino Bay, this is a little gem of a hamlet with a great beach
Several places to drink and eat, some with natural shade. Eating at Zoe's, Ionis Cafe, La Cucina Italiana, Elia Restaurant - Seafood and Koxili Fish Tavern is all recommended
Voidokilia Beach 46km
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.
The scenery travelling through the mountains to Mystras is stunning. This archaeological site close to Sparti is built on steep mountain side
The Castle Town of Mystras was the pre-eminent power in the Peloponnese in Byzantine times. Deservingly famous for its Byzantine churches and frescoes
This region of the Mani is renowned for trekking Click/Tap here for Mystras Picture Gallery
World class winemaking region south west of Corinth and home to the largest single vineyard in Greece. A good number vineyards offer tours and tastings including the splendid Skouras Winery that we visited ourselves. There are many important archaeological sites to visit too including the temple of Nemeios Zeus (330 BC) dedicated to Zeus
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.
The theatre is marvelled for its exceptional acoustics, which permit almost perfect intelligibility of un-amplified spoken word from the proscenium to all 15,000 spectators, regardless of where they are seated. 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 theatre delights visitors for its symmetry and beauty and it is used for dramatic performances
Ancient Olympia 143km World Heritage Site
The last time we visited, everyone was allowed to run on the ancient grass athletic track. See the walk of shame with the names of cheats engraved into the stone walled passageway to the track. In addition to two museums and the temples, there are the remains of all the sports structures erected for the Olympic Games, which were held in Olympia every four years beginning in 776 B.C. Modern Olympia is a great place to stay so your visit is not rushed Click/Tap for Picture Gallery
Kalavrita’s 120 years old rack and pinion railway weaves down to the coast with the Vouraikos river using bridges and tunnels. The journey is exceptional by all accounts however, on the three occasions we have been there, the train was, sadly, closed for some reason or other
The village hosts skiers in season and walkers, hikers and climbers at other times which gives it a really 'Alpine' feel.