Attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Ancient Messini (Mavromati)

Ancient Messini

The remains of this vast ancient city are as extensive as those of Olympia and Epidavros, yet Ancient Messini receives only a fraction of their visitors. Picturesquely situated on a hillside below the village of Mav…
Fort in Methoni

Kastro

This vast, crumbling kastro (fort), a great example of 15th-century Venetian military architecture, is built on a promontory south of Methoni. It's surrounded on three sides by the sea and separated from the mainlan…
Archaeological Site in Ancient Messini (Mavromati)

Arcadian Gate

It’s well worth heading 800m along the road from Mavromati village, past the museum to the celebrated Arcadian Gate. This unusual stone portal with a circular courtyard between the double gates and an immense, half-…
Beach in Messinia

Voidokilia Beach

This perfect, sandy crescent with clear waters is presumed to be Homer’s ‘sandy Pylos’, where Telemachus was warmly welcomed when he came to ask wise old King Nestor the whereabouts of his long-lost father, Odysseus…
Museum in Kalamata

Archaeological Museum of Messenia

This partially interactive, child-friendly museum focuses on treasures found in four regions – Kalamata, Pylia, Messini and Trifylia. Exhibits include everything from sculpture, pottery and funereal objects found in…
Ruins in Messinia

Nestor’s Palace

The best preserved of all Mycenaean palaces lies 17km north of Pylos. It's described in Homer's 'Odyssey' as the court of the mythical hero Nestor, who took part in the voyage of the Argonauts and sent 90 ships to f…
Ruins in Messinia

Paleokastro & Nestor's Cave

The ruins of this ancient castle, built by the Franks in the 13th century on the site of the acropolis of Ancient Pylos, lie 5km west of Gialova on rugged Koryphasion Hill, a formidable natural defensive position ov…
Castle in Pylos

Neo Kastro

The more intact and accessible of two castles that lie on either side of Navarino Bay, Neo Kastro was built by the Turks in 1573 on the hilltop at the southern edge of town, off the road to Methoni. It affords excel…
Museum in Ancient Messini (Mavromati)

Museum of Ancient Messini

The compact museum, by the turn-off for Ancient Messini, houses some wonderful statuary from the site – including one of the most important and best-known statues in antiquity, Doryphoros of Polykleitu, and the fine…
Museum in Messinia

Chora Archaeological Museum

This little museum, 4km northeast of Nestor’s Palace in the village of Chora, houses finds from the palace site and other Mycenaean weaponry, jewellery and pottery from tombs around Messinia. The prize pieces are th…