When you mention summer in Greece, everyone thinks of an island. Indeed, Greek islands offer a unique holiday experience. However, if you want to avoid long hours travelling on a boat, or crowded beaches, there are a handful of beautiful places in mainland Greece that can offer you a lovely and peaceful vacation experience during the high season of travel.
There is much to discover here, including natural harbors, medieval castles and probably the most impressive Greek beach.
One such place is Messinia in southwestern Peloponnese. There is much to discover here, including natural harbors, medieval castles and probably the most impressive Greek beach. If you need further convincing, Agamemnon, when trying to convince Achilles to get back in battle during the Trojan war, promised him Methoni, one of the three most known harbor towns of Messinia.
So, what are the main sites in Messinia? Let’s start with three beautiful port towns, Pylos, Methoni and Koroni. All three of them feature spectacular Venetian fortresses. Pylos harbour has a historical significance as well, because this is where the Navarino battle took place in 1827, a battle that was crucial during the Greek war of independence. A walk inside the fortresses of Methni and Koroni display magnificent examples of Venetian-era architecture. On your way to these towns you should make a stop in Voidokoilia, one of most impressive beaches in Greece that sits next to the natural reserve of Yalova. The curved line of sand embraces crystal blue waters.
Next comes Messinian Mani. Southern of Kalamata, which is Messinia’s capital you will find Kardamyli, Stoupa, hillside villages and amazing small beaches with turquoise waters and fresh fish taverns. Kardamyli is a great seaside town with Byzantine history. From there, you can either climb towards Taygetos and its beautiful villages or stay on the coastline and choose (this is a tough one!) between Phoneas beach, Delfini beach and Limeni (Limeni officially belongs to Laconic Mani, but it’s only a breath away). In Limeni you can enjoy fresh fish and a beautiful sunset.
So, if you haven’t still booked your vacation, consider a road trip to Messinia!