Pylos, West Messinia, Greece | Explore Peloponnese by Vida Hospitality

Pylos is a town located at the South-West of the Peloponnese region. Historically known as Navarino has been inhabited since Neolithic times. During the history it had different names such as the French name Port-de-Jonc and the Italian one, Navarino.

Pylos was a significant kingdom in Mycenaean Greece, with remains of so-called “Palace of Nestor”, named after Nestor the king of Pylos in Homer’s Iliad. It had an important role during the Peloponnesian War and became the site of the Battle of Pylos in 425 BC. During 13th century it became part of the Frankish Principality of Achaea. Pylos became under control of the Republic of Venice from 1417 until 1500 and during 1685-1715. There was a Russian occupation between April 10th of 1770-1771 during the Russo-Turkish War of 1768-1774 and under the Ottoman Empire until the outbreak of the Greek War of Independence in 1821.


The Neokastro

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Strategically located at the west of the town, the Neokastro or Niokastro of Pylos was built in blocks of stone by the Turks in 1573, when they dominated Greece in order to guard and protect the southern entrance of the bay of Navarino and defend the port and the region.

In the Neocastro the is the hexagonal acropolis that was used as a prison up until 1900 and during the World War II. The Navarino Castle was used as a base for the invasion of Crete during the opening stages of the Cretan War.

Old Navarino Castle

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On the Northern edge of the bay, on top of the 200-metre rock formation is located the Old Navarino Castle. Although there are no physical barriers to access, the castle ruins have been declared “closed” because the structure is considered dangerous. The Castle was built by Nicholas II of Saint Omer, the lord of Thebes, who in c. 1281 received extensive lands in Messenia in exchange for ceding his wife’s possessions of Kalamata and Chlemoutsi to the princely domain.

The Castle remained unimportant until the naval battle in 1354 between Venice and Genoa and an episode in 1364, during the conflict between Mary of Bourbon and he Prince Philip of Taranto, due to Mary’s attempt to claim Principality following the death of her husband, Robert of Taranto. In 1423, Navarino, like the rest of the Peloponnese, suffered its first Ottoman raid, led by Turakhan Bey, which was repeated in 1452.

The Bay Course Navarino

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The World-Class Golf Course of Navarino is operating since October of 2011. It is an 18-hole, 70 par seaside Bay Course at Navarino Bay that is designed by Robert Trent Jones II. The course provides both fund and experience at all levels of golfers. Golfers experience four different Seaside greens framed by a scenic backdrop of the tranquil waters of the Bay of Navarino. The bay’s natural beauty is showcased on hole #4, a short and strategic par 4 directly fronting the bay with the town of Pylos visible in the background. This challenging hole offers tremendous visual appeal.

The Rene Puaux Exhibition

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The Rene Puaux Exhibition is a Museum located right next to the port of Pylos. It is a red mansion that was donated by Rene Puaux (1878-1937) who bequeathed porcelain, engravings and lithographs on the condition that the be exhibited at Pylos , near the battle’s location. In the museum there is. collection with exhibits from the War of Independence with a focus on the Battle of Navarino.

Costa Navarino Resort

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One of the best resorts located in Greece, focused on family vacation and high-end tourism is located at the Peloponnese region close to Pylos. The area with the buildings and the villas consists of 256,000 m2. In addition, there are several areas close by with private sports centers and golf courses.


Beaches Near Pylos

Gialova Beach – Directions HERE

Divari Golden Sand Beach – Directions HERE

Voidokilia Beach – (Highly Recommended) – Directions HERE

Glossa Beach – Directions HERE

Romanos Beach – Directions HERE

Vromoneri Beach – Directions HERE


Restaurants near Pylos

Katerina’s Tavern Restaurant – Seafood – Directions HERE

Taverna o Koukos – Seafood – Directions HERE

Poseidonia Restaurant Café – Greek Cuisine – Directions HERE

Taverna to Spitiko – Mediterranean Cuisine – Directions HERE

Navarino food culture by Trichordo – Mediterranean Cuisine – Directions HERE


A great way to explore Peloponnese is by using one major place as your base and explore the region on daily trips. Nafplio, which by the way is one of the most beautiful Greek cities, is ideal to be your base for this amazing experience. Find all the options you will have for daily trips – to explore Peloponnese HERE.

For any kind of support or assistance with your Peloponnese vacation, feel free to live chat with our customer service team HERE.

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Monemvasia, Peloponnese | Vacation in Greece by Vida Hospitality

Monemvasia

Monemvasia is a small town located at a small island that is connected to the mainland by a short causeway 200m in length at the South-East part of the Peloponnese region.

The town’s name is a synthetic word deriving from the two Greek words, mone and emvasia meaning “single entrance”. People worldwide know it with the nicknames of the Gibraltar of the East, the Rock, the Italian Malvasia.

The town was founded by inhabitants of the mainland in 583. From the 10th century AD, the town developed into an important trade and maritime center. Monemvasia was a part of the Byzantine Empire and remained until 1460. It was the seat of an imperial governor, a landing place for Byzantine operations against the Franks, the main port of shipment for Malmsey wine, and one of the most dangerous lairs of corsairs in the Levant. It seems that in 1419 the rock had become the possession of Venice, though it soon returned to the Despot. The town was fairly prosperous under the Venetian rule until the peace of 1502-3, in which it lost its lands source of its food supply and of Malmsey wine. The Ottomans ruled the town until the brief Venetian recovery in 1690 and then again from 1715 to 1821 at the Greek War of Independence.

The Castle

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The Castle in Monemvasia is divided into a lower and an upper town. Many ruins of the original 800 houses and only four out of the original forty churches can be found in the lower town. The upper town is built on top of the rock and is protected by walls. There are the ruins of the Byzantine houses and public buildings and a vast cistern that ensured a water supply at times of siege. A fortified zigzag path from the upper town leads to the Fortress of Goulas on the summit overlooking the town of Monemvasia. At the entrance there is a tunnel that still retains its gates. Among the ruins of houses and christens of the acropolis of the upper town stands St. Sophia, a Byzantine church found on a plan similar to that of Daphni in Athens.

Archeological Museum

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The Archeological Museum in Monemvasia is located at one of the best-preserved buildings that was a former Muslim Mosque. At the Museum there are findings from the history of Monemvasia, such as remains of the fortress, walls, temples and houses.

In addition, findings that were used in the daily life of the inhabitants of Monemvasia and ceramic objects, sculptures and marble temples present the permanent exhibition of the Museum. The former Mosque was built during the 16th century and was converted into a Frankish church, a prison and a Greek Kafeneion through the years. From 1999 until today it is the Archeological Museum.

Churches

The Church of Elkomenos Christos

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Right next to the Archeological Museum of Monemvasia is located the most famous church of the castle town, the Church of Elkomenos Christos. The church is dedicated to Christ who was led chained to Crucifixion, which is why it celebrates on Hoy Thursday in Easter.

The church was constructed in 1697, probably on the site of a former church founded in the 6th – 7th century. At the entrance of the church there are two thrones at the left and at the east that were dedicated to the Byzantine Emperor and Empress. Inside the church there are Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons, including the icon of Christ in chains before He was crucified and the Crown of Thorns on His head.

Church of Agia Sophia

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At the top of the hill is located one of the oldest and most important Byzantine churches of Greece, the church of Agia Sophia. The church was originally established in the 12th century by the Byzantine Emperor Andronicus II and was dedicated to Panagia Hodegetria, which means the Virgin who leads the way.

After the Greek Independence it was dedicated to the Wisdom of God and then it took its name Agia Sophia. Even if during the history time and wars had caused serious damages to the church, it was restored in the 20th century and stands at the point from where you will enjoy the most amazing views to Aegean Sea.

Church of Panagia Chrysafitissa

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At the edge of the town of Monemvasia is located the church of Panagia Chrysafitissam a beautiful 17th century whitewashed church that operates even today.

The Lighthouse of Monemvasia

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Another must-see monument of the town of Monemvasia is the historic lighthouse that is located at the very end of the hill. The lighthouse was built by the British in 1896 and automated in 1960 the lighthouse has been recently renovated.

The tower is seven meters (23feet) tall and its focal plane is 15 meters (49 feet). The original stone tower, ruined during World War II, was built near the remains of the Venetian fortress of Monemvasia.

Beaches

Monemvasia Swimming Area – Directions HERE

Monemvasia Beach – Directions HERE



Pori Beach – Directions HERE



Ambelakia Beach – Directions HERE

Restaurants in Monemvasia

Voltes – Mediterranean cuisine – Directions HERE

Oinomelo Castle – Mediterranean cuisine – Directions HERE

Mateo’s – Seafood – Directions HERE

The Cannon – Italian cuisine – Directions HERE

Skorpios Restaurant – Greek cuisine – Directions HERE

Chrisovoulo Restaurant – Seafood & Wine Bar – Directions HERE


Monemvasia is one of the greatest places that deserve your time to visit once in Peloponnese. For those of you who choose to explore the Peloponnese region, you can use Nafplio as your base and explore many great places on short distance from the city. Find your full guide HERE.

Find many articles and advices for your next Greek family vacation in Peloponnese at our blog HERE. For any kind of support, feel free to live chat with our customer service team HERE.

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Methoni village in Messenia | Peloponnese, Greece by Vida Hospitality

Methoni is a village in Messenia at the South-West part of the Peloponnese region. It is said that its name may be derived from Mothona, a mythical rock. During the Venetian occupation in the area the village was named by the Italian name of Modone. The small peninsula was fortified from the ancient times. According to Thucydides the fortification of the city during the Peloponnesian war in 431 B.C. wasn’t strong at all.

After the end of the 2nd Messinian War, people from Nafplio were settled in Methoni after they were chased away by the Argeians as allies of the Lacaedemonians. They had built a strong relationship with the inhabitants of Methoni and this is the reason that they remained at the city even after the independence of Messinia from Spartans in 369 B.C. when Messinians returned at their home town.

During the Byzantine years Methoni remained autonomous and continued to remain a remarkable harbor and one of the most important cities of the Peloponnese region. The geographic location of Methoni, a harbor in the middle of the route from Venice to the East, caused Venetians to have a close eye to the harbor and in 1125 they launched an attack against the pirates who used it as a shelter, because they had captured Venetian traders on their way against home from the East. During the Venetian occupation in the area in 1209 both Methoni and Koroni became important trade canters with great prosperity.

Directions for Methoni – HERE

The Castle of Methoni

The Castle of Methoni occupies the whole area of the cape and the South-West coast to the small islet that has also been fortified with an octagonal tower and is protected by the sea on its three sides. At the North part of the castle, where now extends the city of Methoni is located the heavily fortified acropolis of the Castle. Venetians, during their two occupations in Mehtoni had an important role on the construction and repairs to the Castle of Methoni.

The main entrance of the Castle is accessed by a stone bridge of 14 arches. The entrance gate ends in an arch framed on the right and left by pilasters with Corinthian capitals. Right after the central Gate a domed road leads to the interior of the Castle after passing two more gates with the last one being the place where the habitable part was and which separated from the north part with a vertical low wall aprox 6 meters long that was fortified with five towers.

In the interior of the Caste there are ruins of the houses of the Venetian lords, the paved street that led to the sea gate, the ruins of the Turkish bath, the Byzantine church of St. Sophia, parts of Doric pillars, a monolithic granite pillar.

Directions for the Castle of Methoni – HERE

Beaches near Methoni

Methoni Beach – Directions HERE

Beach Critika – Directions HERE

Lampes Beach – Directions HERE

Koumpares Beach – Directions HERE

Restaurants in Methoni

Sapientza restaurant – Greek cuisine – Directions HERE

Palia Istoria – Seafood – Directions HERE

Andreas Alector Cuisine – Mediterranean cuisine – Directions HERE

Nikos Tavern – Mediterranean Cuisine – Directions HERE

Peloponnese is the most beautiful region of the Greece mainland. With many nice cities and small villages, super family friendly, with amazing beaches and some of the country’s best traditional food!

Explore how you can use Nafplio as your base to explore Peloponnese HERE. Find more articles and suggestions at our blog HERE.

For support with the best family holiday apartments in Nafplio, choose one of our properties HERE. For any kind of support with your GReek vacations, feel always free to live chat with our customer service team HERE.

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Nafplio Marathon 2020 | Sunday 8 March 2020, Nafplio, Greece

Nafplio Marathon 2020

Nafplio Marathon is an event that takes part every year in the city of Nafplio. This year, 2020, the official day is the 8th of March.

Nafplio Marathon is a running sporting event of high standards and at the same time, a pioneering event that has created a multifaceted social event with numerous actions & programmes that promote health, education and culture!
The Event includes the races: Marathon, Half-Marathon, 5km & 2,5 km fun run!

The Event is organized by the Municipality of Nafplio (DOPPAT) in cooperation with the Nafplio track and field athletic clubs, Regional Union of Argolis, under the support of Chamber of Commerce of Argolis, Administration of Education of Argolis, Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Greece and under the auspices of PSAT, EOT, SEGAS and AIMS.

You can register for the event at the official website – HERE.

Nafplio city

Called one of the most beautiful and most romantic Greek cities, located  only 120 km from Athens, Nafplion takes pride in being also the first capital of the modern Greece.

Turbulent  history  has shaped its architecture and overall culture and tradition, so expect to experience Frankish, Venetian and Turkish influence combined in one idilic mosaic picture that will make you fall in love with this city.

With more than 320 sunny days per year, Nafplio is by far a top destination for your holidays any time of the year.

A picturesque old city downtown, full of pedestrian street next to the port, two castles, one fortress and many beaches in and close to the city, Nafplio is a place where you can relax and enjoy great moments with your beloved one and your family.

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Most beautiful City

Nafplio is by far the most beautiful city in Greece and one of the most picturesque places you ever visited

Family Friendly

Nafplio is very family friendly city, full of pedestrians streets, parks and kids playgrounds.

MUST SEE

Nafplio is located only 20km away from the 2 most visited archeological sites in Greece, Ancient Epidaurus and Ancient Mycenae

2 castles, 1 fortress

Nafplio is a city full of monuments. Palamidi castle, Acronafplia castle and Bourtzi fortress are some of the city’s landmarks

Top dining options

Nafplio offers a big range of different dining options, so you can enjoy the original Greek cuisine

Your full guide for Nafplio

Find a full guide for Nafplio city, so that you can schedule your days easier! All you need to know to explore the best areas of Nafplio.

Find what to do and what to see in Nafplio, Greece – HERE.

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Accommodation

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8 Tips for first time Nafplio visitor

Nafplio old city

8 Tips for Nafplio first time visitor

If you are visiting Nafplio for first time, get to know the city with our tips and our Nafplio city guide

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Nafplio old city

Over the last 20 years, Nafplio has gone from a small city to an international cultural destination. With a quiet, island vibe, Nafplio has plenty to take in once you know where to go, from the old city downtown, the Palamidi and the Acronafplia castles to the Bourtzi fortress and the amazing beaches.

Travel tips for first time Nafplio visitor

The "Laiki" - local market

Every Wednesday and every Saturday at one of the most known streets in Nafplio, you find “Laiki” – a local market event where local producers offer their products.

You will be able to find the most fresh fruits and vegetables, plus if you are not familiar with the concept, which by the way it is very known between Greeks, you will enjoy the experience!

Shopping in Nafplio

Nafplio is a small city, despite that, there are many many shops where you can enjoy shopping. From the old city downtown, where you can find many retail traditional shops to the Sideras Merarhias and Argous streets, you will have a range of different options for shopping.

Don’t miss the chance to visit some of the traditional shops selling local products, for local desserts (mainly pastry and dairy).

The red bus

It is not a double floor one, but still Nafplio has its own red bus! It is a great way for you to see the city of Nafplio and some of its landmarks, like the “Lion on the rocks”.

The train

You can find this train next to the port and it is a great option for you to explore the city of Nafplio! If you have kids, they will love it!

The bike

Nafplio is a city full of pedestrians streets and squares! The best way to explore Nafplio, if you are not a fun of walking, is the bike! Next to the port you can rent a bike for 2 or 4 and explore all the secret areas of Nafplio old city downtown!

The boat to Bourtzi

The top landmark of Nafplio is Bourtzi fortress, a castle-island in the middle of the port! Do not miss the chance to take the boat from the port and visit it!

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Go fishing

At the end of the port, you can find “Omilos” or “Banieres” – a place where you can go fishing! The location is also great for amazing views to the Argolis Gulf.

The path

There is an amazing rocky path that starts from the port and ends very close to the Bourtzi fortress, just on the back side. From this path you will enjoy the best view to the Nafplio city ever!

Nafplio Arvanitia beach

The best things to do in Nafplio

Nafplio with its picturesque old city downtown with an amazing architecture will for sure be one of the most beautiful cities you ever visited! Full of history, with many landmarks, castles, fortresses and museums, offers you many things to do and see. Find our customized city guide for Nafplio

Things to do in Nafplio

Your full guide for Nafplio city

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