Discover Messinia’s crystal-clear waters and historic coastline
Costa Navarino, the prime, sustainable destination in Greece’s southwest Peloponnese, is now offering sailing activities, to enjoy the warm Messinian sunshine and waters. Amidst one of the most unspoiled and breathtaking landscapes in the Mediterranean, Costa Navarino is an ideal destination for an unforgettable yachting experience.
During one-day cruises with experienced skippers and crew, guests can discover the crystal-clear Messinian waters and observe the varied sea life, aboard a motor yacht or a sailing boat. Spending a day out on the water and breathing in the fresh sea air whilst learning the yachting tips from the experts, is followed by swimming in the clear blue sea and exploring secret hideaways in secluded beaches only reached by sea and virtually unknown islets where the region’s history unfolds.
Guests can choose a half day or full day cruise to explore the historic Bay of Navarino, home to the famous Battle of Navarino that took place in 1827, as well as the coasts of the picturesque town of Pylos, while enjoying lunch on board. Two-day cruises are also available for those who want to spend more time in the sea and visit the beautiful surrounding coastline starting from Pylos and continuing towards Methoni –home to one of the region’s 33 medieval castles- Sapientza Islet, the seaside village Foinikounda, and Koroni where the anchor will be dropped for an overnight stay. Sunset and sunrise cruises are also available around the Bay, capturing the Messinian horizon in photo opportunities. In addition to scheduled group departures, the motor and sailing boats can be booked for private trips.
Whilst on the sea, participants may also be lucky enough to spot some of the unique sea life, indigenous to the Ionian Sea; such as the loggerhead sea turtle Caretta caretta, the Mediterranean monk seal, the pilot whale, and the striped and common dolphins.
Countless sailors have been taken aback by their sailing journeys through the Messinian waters, whilst the varied coastline including Voidokilia beach, are celebrated as being among the best in the Mediterranean. Sailing in these parts of Greece is ideal for discovering less-known pirate hideouts and caves, as well as monuments that reflect the region’s historical background.
As well as sailing, Costa Navarino also offers a further selection of water sports by Navarino Sea. This includes PADI certified diving courses for all levels to explore underwater treasures, as well as kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, kitesurfing, surfing and windsurfing, providing fun and excitement for all the family.
There are also endless natural beauty sites, local traditions and archaeological monuments to visit in the area, for guests that take part in sailing cruises whilst staying at either The Romanos, A Luxury Collection Resort, or The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino, the two five star Starwood-managed properties at the destination.
Prices for the sailing packages start from €89 per person (approximately £72) for a half day yachting sailing experience. All prices include: experienced skipper, snacks and beverages, lunchbox, host, linen set & towels, outboard, fuel, transportation to and from Costa Navarino.
Abercrombie and Kent and Chic Locations are also offering a complete package including a stay at Costa Navarino and a day’s yacht trip:
Abercrombie & Kent is offering Costa Navarino’s sailing activity package from £1,125 per person based on two people sharing. The price includes seven nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino and includes transfers and flights via Athens, and a day’s yacht trip. abercrombiekent.co.uk
Chic Locations is offering Costa Navarino’s sailing activity package from £1,198 per person based on two people sharing. The price includes seven nights’ accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis at The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino in a deluxe room and includes transfers and flights from London to Kalamata, and a day’s yacht trip. This price includes a stay for 7 pay for 5 nights deal. chiclocations.com
For more information, visit costanavarino.com.