Messinia is a gorgeous place in the Peloponnese. Verdant and filled with treasures that are waiting to be revealed to those who seek for them. Voidokoilia beach is located here, among the best beaches in Greece and the world. Pylos is a picturesque town, where the luxurious Costa Navarino hotel is found. But what if you just had to choose the top 3 stops in Messinia? What would they be? We have managed to narrow down your options and we present them to you!
First off, we travel to Polylimnio waterfalls. Its name means “Many Lakes” and this is exactly what you will come across, in your three kilometer hiking trail. A total of 15 hidden lakes are found in this oasis of green, where you will be able to relax and enjoy nature at its finest moment. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothing, as well as a hat and have a bottle of water with you. The scenery is mesmeric and you will not want to leave these lakes. In some of them, you will see the water dropping from a height of 25 meters, creating waterfalls that are jaw-dropping.
Then, Palace of Nestor should not be omitted from our 3 stops in Messinia. This was probably the most famous King of Pylos in antiquity. The palace dates back to the 13th century BC and is quite impressive. Ongoing excavations have revealed the throne room, as well as many other historic findings of significant value. You may find them at the Archaeological Museum of Chora nearby or at the Archaeological Museum of Messinia. And keep in mind that those of you enjoying diving will have the chance to delve into an enchanting experience underwater, discovering ancient shipwrecks and caves.
Finally, in Pylos you will also find one of the best preserved castles in entire Greece. This is called Niokastro (literally translating to New Castle) and dates back to 1573 and the Ottoman ruling. With a triple fortification and walls made of limestone, this is an example of fine architecture that had lasted through time. The view from Niokastro is simply breathtaking, so be sure to take lots of pictures and enjoy the unique experience to the fullest. Best time of the day, sunset!