One of the most unspoiled and breathtaking seaside landscapes in the Mediterranean, this area and its people have been shaped by 4,500 years of history. This is the backdrop for Costa Navarino.
Set amidst a pristine, still largely undiscovered corner of the southwest Peloponnese, this high-end destination respects and preserves the natural beauty and rich heritage of which it is an integral part.
Comprising a number of distinct sites spread over 1,000 hectares, the Costa Navarino features 5-star deluxe hotels, luxury residences, conference facilities, thalassotherapy and spa centers, signature golf courses, as well as a wide range of activities which are unique in the Mediterranean. Its earliest history shrouded in the mists of time, Messinia’s cultural past unveils a rich tapestry of kings and queens, honor and tradition, war and friendship. Costa Navarino provides the ideal base from which to explore this checkered past.
Neolithic settlements, Mycenaean palaces, Classical temples, Byzantine churches and medieval castles are all within easy reach, while a pleasant half-day trip will reveal the splendor of Ancient Olympia, the Byzantine fortified town of Mystras or the Temple of Apollo Epicurius at Bassae, all part of the UNESCO World Heritage List. Other fascinating sites within driving distance include Ancient Messini, laid out according to the Hippodamian grid system, the Palace of Nestor, seat of the legendary king of Pylos who was noted for his great wisdom, and the marvelously preserved medieval fortress town of Monemvasia.
Many famous composers, poets, writers and artists from the 17th to the 20th century have been inspired by the great heroes, mythology and history of Messinia. The hero Aristomenes is a principal figure in Moliere’s La Princesse d’Elide, Johann Strauss I composed Navariner-Calopp inspired by the famous Battle of Navarino, Victor Hugo’s Les Orientales includes the poem Navarin, while Vivaldi’s opera Merope was inspired by the legendary queen of Messinia.