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Messinia

Nestled in the captivating landscape of the Peloponnese in Greece, Messinia is a region that invites travelers to immerse themselves in the allure of ancient tales, rich history, and breathtaking natural beauty.

At its core lies the city of Kalamata, surrounded by a mosaic of cultural and archaeological treasures, creating an immersive experience for those eager to traverse the annals of time.

A crowning jewel in Messinia is the historic site of Ancient Messini, an archaeological gem that offers a glimpse into the grandeur of classical Greece. The meticulously preserved ruins, including a well-preserved theater and imposing city walls, transport visitors to an era of architectural brilliance and cultural sophistication.

Amidst the archaeological wonders, Messinia unfolds its scenic wonders, with the Taygetos Mountains standing majestically on the horizon. Hiking enthusiasts can explore trails that wind through verdant landscapes, revealing panoramic vistas of valleys and mountain peaks.

The city of Kalamata itself serves as a vibrant crossroads of history and modernity. The Benakeion Archaeological Museum is a treasure trove of artifacts narrating the region’s compelling heritage. Quaint squares, charming cafes, and traditional tavernas dotting the city offer a genuine taste of Greek culture and warmth.

Along the coastline, the beaches of Kalamata, such as Almyros and Voidokilia, add to the region’s allure, providing tranquil escapes and moments of seaside bliss.

With its tales echoing through time, picturesque landscapes, and hospitable ambiance, Messinia beckons travelers to embark on a journey through the epochs of Greek history and the natural splendor that defines this enchanting region.

RECOMMENDED ACCOMODATION

Costa Navarino

Costa Navarino is a sustainably driven destination in the Mediterranean, located in Messinia in Greece’s southwest Peloponnese. Graced with a breathtaking seaside landscape by the Ionian Sea, the region is shaped by 4500 years of fascinating history and Costa Navarino philosophy is driven by a genuine desire to preserve Messinia’a natural beauty and heritage.

The destination comprises several distinct sites featuring five-star hotels, luxury private residences, signature golf courses, world-class spas, state-of-the art conference facilities, and many year-round activities.

Navarino Dunes, the first area, is home to two 5-star resorts, The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, the multi-awarded Anazoe Spa, Europe’s first Mouratoglou Tennis Center with 12 state-of-the-art tennis courts along with 3 padel and 2 pickleball courts, The Dunes Course – the first signature golf course in Greece, excellent dining options, a number of shops and boutiques, and Navarino Residences.

The Westin Resort Costa Navarino is ideal for family escapes and active breaks with spacious rooms and suites – many with individual infinity pools, amazing family facilities and a variety of activities for all. The award-winning The Romanos presents exquisite guestrooms, many with private pools, including the superb Ionian Exclusive suites and ten beachfront villas with anticipatory Butler service and elite amenities.

W Costa Navarino is the adult-friendly (12+) seafront resort in Navarino Bay – just a short 10-min drive from Navarino Dunes, with stylish swim-up rooms, airy suites with their own pools, and elegant villas with private pools, in a truly cosmopolitan setting filled with unique energy that blends with serene scenes.

The resort hosts the Away Spa and a Watersports hub onsite, and there’s also the Bay Course nearby. The adjacent Navarino Agora is a buzzing marketplace where hotel guests and locals meet to dine, shop and be entertained.

With two more golf courses at Navarino Hills, Costa Navarino offers a total of four signature golf courses at a maximum distance of 13km, an array of sports and outdoor activities, an unspoiled environment for relaxation and exploration of a wealth of natural attractions and historic landmarks within easy rich, and endless opportunities to immerse in local culture through authentic local experiences.

Voidokilia Beach

Explore Voidokilia Beach, one of the most picturesque beaches in the Mediterranean. The crescent-shaped beach is surrounded by sand dunes and crystal-clear waters. It’s an excellent spot for swimming and taking in the natural beauty.

Ancient Messini

Visit the archaeological site of Ancient Messini, an ancient Greek city with well-preserved ruins. Highlights include a theater, stadium, and the Temple of Epicurean Apollo. It offers a glimpse into the rich history of the region.

Gialova Lagoon

Take a boat tour or hike around Gialova Lagoon, a Natura 2000 protected area near Costa Navarino. The lagoon is home to a variety of bird species, making it a paradise for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts.

Hike the Gorge of Polilimnio

Embark on a hiking adventure through the Gorge of Polilimnio, a series of waterfalls and crystal-clear pools surrounded by lush greenery. The trail offers a refreshing and scenic experience, with opportunities for swimming in the natural pools along the way.

Olive Oil Tasting

Experience a traditional olive oil tasting. The Peloponnese region is known for its high-quality olive oil, and you can visit local olive groves or producers to learn about the olive oil-making process and sample different varieties.

Methoni Castle

Explore Methoni Castle, a medieval fortress located on a cape overlooking the sea. The castle has a rich history and offers panoramic views of the coastline. Don’t miss the iconic Bourtzi tower at the entrance.

Navarino Wildlife Observation Hiking Trail

Go hiking on the Navarino Wildlife Observation Hiking Trail, a nature trail that takes you through the diverse landscapes around Costa Navarino. This trail provides an opportunity to appreciate the local flora and fauna.

By Air:

Costa Navarino is easily accessible with seasonal direct flights to Kalamata International Airport (KLX) from most European cities. There is also the Athens (ATH) – Kalamata (KLX) flight in the summer months and the Thessaloniki – Kalamata flight year-round.

It’s a short drive from Kalamata airport to all Costa Navarino sites.

By Car:

Less than 280km drive from Athens.

from Athens Airport (ATH) → approx. 3h

from Kalamata Airport (KLX) → 45min

from Patras Port → 2h30min

from Araxos Airport (GPA) → 2h

Messinia Tennis Weekend

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Weekend Tennis Camp Itinerary

FRIDAY:

One and a half hours fast paced drills to blow away the weeks troubles (afternoon)

SATURDAY:

One and a half hours tennis group coaching with max 4 players/coach (morning) & One and a half hours themed tennis group coaching session with max 4 players/coach (afternoon), plus evening meal at a local restaurant (cost of meal not included)

SUNDAY:

Doubles/singles tournament, plus coffee and awards ceremony (after tournament)

Messinia Tennis Week

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Week Tennis Camp Itinerary

SATURDAY:

Welcome drink to meet the group and get organised

SUNDAY:

Two hours play (morning) & social tennis (afternoon)

MONDAY:

Two hours group coaching (morning) with a maximum of 4 per group & doubles clinic (afternoon) tactically based for all standards & group

TUESDAY:

Two hours group coaching (morning) & social tennis with Philip Karafillides providing tips (afternoon)

WEDNESDAY:

Free day

THURSDAY:

Two hours group coaching (morning) & doubles for all (afternoon)

FRIDAY:

Friendly tournament with local players

What's included in Weekend Tennis Camp

7 hours of tennis including coaching, doubles clinic, social tennis, a fun tournament with prizes

Video analysis Technique used throughout the weekend for technical instructions and improvement

Personal assistance throughout your holiday including recommendations for restaurants, wine trips, and other places to visit plus lots of local knowledge

Complimentary “Tennis in Greece” t-shirt

What's included in Week Tennis Camp

20 hours of tennis including coaching, doubles clinic, social tennis, a fun tournament with prizes

Video analysis Technique used throughout the week for technical instructions and improvement

An individual tennis goal sheet to work on during the week – discussed with you during the video analysis

Personal assistance throughout your holiday including recommendations for restaurants, wine trips, and other places to visit plus lots of local knowledge

Complimentary “Tennis in Greece” t-shirt

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