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With Castles and Endless Olive Groves, Western Messinia is a Hidden Greek Gem

By Team

It’s kind of relaxing to daydream about summers in Greece when it’s the middle of January. And with olive picking, quaint fishing villages, secluded beaches and authentic food for days, Western Messinia in the south Peloponnese is both stereotypically familiar to tourists’ vision of Greece and one-of-a-kind. The ancient civilization of Mycenaean Palaces and the Gialova Wetland are unique to this area of the country, and the Instagram pics you’ll get from day trips hiking in the mountains will be unreal. Sight see musts include the ancient cliff-side castle of Paleokastro, the stunning bay at Voidokilia beach and the historic capital of Kalamata (which, you can guess why this town is famous.) If you’re looking for a complete luxury experience, Costa Navarino is home to two five-star luxury resorts. The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino will blow your mind.

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Photos courtesy of Costa Navarino