It turns out Costa Navarino is located on the Southwestern coast of Greece’s mainland. It’s in a region called Messinia in the Southwest of Peloponnese and sits right on the gorgeous Ionian Sea. The area wasn’t a popular tourism destination until Starwood developed two luxury hotels in the area.
After my visit, I can say that it’s really quite amazing because it’s still relatively un-touristy (outside of the hotel) and filled with plenty of rich history, impressive ruins, pristine beaches and cultural activities like olive oil tasting and authentic cooking classes.
The area of Costa Navarino has been shaped by 4,500 years of history and the Costa Navarino philosophy is driven by a desire to promote the culture while protecting and preserving its natural beauty and heritage.
Costa Navarino is also a very green destination—Costa Navarino adheres to strict environmental protection guidelines in order to sustain the natural environment. There are tons of really cool activities to do in Costa Navarino. Methoni Castle is one of the most impressive castles and well-preserved ruins I have ever seen. This fortress was built originally by the Venetians in the 13th century. The ruins are stunning and very impressive.
You’ll see stone bridges, bathhouses, a mote, ruins of a medieval town and a small church. You can get some stunning photos of the landscape.
Voidokilia Beach.This is one of the most unique beaches I have ever seen. It is a unique geological formation and has a distinct Omega shape. Nestor’s Cave is only about a 20 minute hike from Voidokilia Beach. You can hike the dunes and follow a path to the cave. Legend tells us that this is the cave where Hermes hid the cattle that he stole from Apollo. Guests at the Westin Resort Costa Navarino or the Romanos Resort can book an authentic cooking class with local ladies who know their stuff.