Activities that offer authentic cultural experiences include cookery lessons in local homes, learning new culinary skills inspired by the region’s cuisine, wine-making and tasting tours, traditional olive harvesting and local dance and singing events.
An insight into baking and pitta making is given by the local experts, the members of a nearby Women’s Association. Visitors help the women prepare the breads and baked goods that they can then enjoy over breakfast the next morning. They are also invited to join home-cooking in a house in the nearby picturesque town of Pylos. Along with the local women, they can prepare traditional dishes and share a meal, discovering family recipes that have been passed down through generations. Another custom that has been passed down from one generation to the next involves singing while sitting around a table preparing the meal.
During the vineyard and wine-tasting tour, which runs from August until October, participants enjoy a route that takes in Costa Navarino’s vineyards at Mouzaki, where they can actively join in the pressing of grapes. In the afternoon, they enjoy a wine-tasting session followed by an informative discussion focusing on local varieties. Costa Navarino also embraces the age-old tradition of olive harvesting, an experience that can only be learned first-hand and which has been part of the daily lives of the people of Messinia for centuries. During the olive harvest, visitors learn all the steps of the process, the local varieties and the olive tree planting projects in the region.