In the wider area of Messinia there are lots of places of interest and charming villages to visit by car. As the sea is never far away you can always combine your trip with a visit to a beach. Cafes and Tavernas you will find even in the most remote places serving traditional Greek food made with fresh local ingredients.
Gialova (10min): small touristic village. The boulevard counts many restaurants and some bars with terraces overlooking the sea. Special in the evenings a lively place to go for a stroll and to have dinner. Also good for windsurfing / horse riding and golf.
Pylos (20min): a very charming harbour village overlooking the bay of Navarinou. Watch the peaceful Greek life on the central square enjoying a coffee on one of the terraces under the ancient elm trees. In Pylos you will find many shops and restaurants around the square and along the harbour quay. Pylos also houses the beautiful and very well kept Frankish fortress Neokastro and an archaeological museum. In Pylos you can also: hire a boat / do a boat excursion / dive (famous for shipwrecks!).
Marathopoli: Boat-Hire / Boat excursions / Sailing / Diving / Climbing on the islet of Proti.
Chora: Palace of Nestor,The palace, built by King Nestor, son of Neleus, in the late Bronze Age is considered to be the best example of a well-preserved Mycenaean palace in all of Greece.
Petrochori: PaleoKastro / Voidokilia Beach / Gialova Lagune / Nestors Cave
Methoni: Castle built by the Venetians in the early 13th century on a rocky promontory, the castle is among the largest ones in the Mediterranean.
Koroni: Castle One of the finest examples of the Venetian fortress architecture and amongst the few of each kind to encompass houses and churches, the castle of Koroni dominates Akritas cape, on the southern edge of the Messinian Gulf. It was built by the Venetians in the 13th century and revamped by the Ottomans in the 16th.
Mavrommati, Ancient Messini: The best-known and most extensive archaeological site in Messinia is the eponymous Messini. Founded by the Theban general in 369 BC, the ancient city of Messini offers a venerable archaeological treasure for visitors. one of the most important excavated ancient cities in Greece
Polylimnio Waterfalls: hiking~swimming
Romanos: Golf / biking / kite-surfing