Green hillsides and golden sands
Colourful Costa Navarino lies in Messinia, the darling of the Peloponnese. One of the mostly naturally beautiful regions in Greece, the resort is a vision of rugged hills, mountains and valleys rolling alongside the fourth-longest coastline in the country.
Small clusters of traditional low-rise buildings dot the landscape in between the resort’s manicured golf courses, with luxury hotels rubbing shoulders with Byzantine churches and Classical temples.
The fruits of Messinia’s landscapes make it popular with foodies; be sure to try the local olive oil, figs and honey. Chances are your Costa Navarino hotel will have its own slice of the coastline, with the near-perfect beaches showing off pristine pale sand that stretches all the way back to an olive grove trim.
The flight to the Peloponnese is around 3 hours 30 minutes from the UK.
Transfer time from Kalamata airport to Costa Navarino is approximately 35 minutes.
Early summer is a good time to visit the Peloponnese, with warm temperatures in the early to mid-20s that keep things comfortable for sightseeing. July and August is when the heat really kicks in, often climbing into the 30s. Like most of mainland Greece, the holiday season is a long one with plenty of sunshine between May and October.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece.
In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers.
The official language of Greece is Greek. English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy.