Authentic Experiences

Experience the local culture and be part of our story

Authentic Experiences

Experience the local culture and be part of our story

Authentic Experiences

Experience the local culture and be part of our story

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Authentic Experiences

Uncover the traditions of the local area through experiences that bring you closer to everyday life in Messinia. Delve into an enriching variety of experiences where every moment is designed to ignite your senses and nourish your soul. Step into the vibrant tapestry of Messinian life and immerse yourself in the rich traditions and captivating stories of the region, guided by the warm embrace of locals who are eager to share their heritage with our guests.

Indulge in an authentic village cooking class in a traditional Messinian home, learn about the stars during an exclusive astronomy night, or engage in enlightening discussions on ancient philosophies during a guided philosophy walk. Savor an olive oil tasting led by an international expert, unravel the secrets of Messinian wine varieties in a master class, or immerse yourself in nature with a birdwatching experience at Gialova Lagoon.

Discover the joy of authentic living as you become an integral part of the vibrant tapestry of Messinian life. This is more than just an experience; it’s an invitation to rediscover the beauty of tradition, the warmth of community, and the richness of the human spirit.

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YOUNG ARCHAEOLOGISTS


What better place for kids to enter the fascinating world of archaeology than Messinia? This fun learning experience is ideal for children aged 4-11. They will go on a dig and discover hidden artifacts, study the finds, uncover their secrets, and become archaeological detectives as they try to crack the code of an ancient script. They will also have the chance to create their own Linear B clay tablet, just like the ones found at the nearby Palace of Nestor. At the end, the kids will take one of their finds with them and receive a little archaeologist's certificate!

YOUNG GARDENERS


Blessed with fertile soil and an excellent climate, Messinia has for centuries produced agricultural products of the highest quality. The sacred olive tree has been cultivated here since the 12th century BC, yielding table olives and olive oil now famous the world over. This fun outdoor activity encourages children to discover nature at first hand so that they can better understand the connection between farm and fork. It is aimed at kids aged 4-11. They become little gardeners as they learn to plant seeds and gather seasonal fruits and Costa Navarino's chef will prepare traditional recipes on the spot. At the end, each child will be given a selection of local seeds to take and plant at home!

ART TOUR


Discover original works of the 17th-19th centuries, along with the creations of contemporary Greek and international artists that form an integral part of the interior designs of the hotels, restaurants, The Dunes Clubhouse, Anazoe Spa and the House of Events, at Navarino Dunes.

MOSAIC WORKSHOP


Learn how to make classic and contemporary mosaics using local stone and marble. Discover the commonly used approaches to mosaic making with an overview of tools, materials and techniques before using them to create your own piece of art

THE DIARY OF A MONK


Gain a fascinating insight into the everyday life of a 17th-century Greek Orthodox monk on this tour of a fortified Byzantine monastic complex. Built in the late 12th-early 13th century, Andromonastiro was for hundreds of years home to men who had chosen to devote themselves to contemplation and prayer. Explore this impressively restored monastery and discover what it was like to live there more than 300 years ago.

THE KING’S LANDING


Delve deep into the myths and legends of this Mycenaean royal palace at Ano Eglianos, which features in Homer’s account of the Trojan War. Explore the fascinating site through an engaging Q & A, learn how to read and write some logograms of Linear B, the earliest attested form of Greek, and create your own writing system, the one and only “Linear D” (since A, B and C are already taken!). In the “throne room” of the best preserved Mycenaean palace ever discovered, you will also have the opportunity to participate in an intriguing philosophical game!

W CN VIRTUAL ART TOUR


Creating works of art for a new space is all about enhancing its identity and unfolding its vision. With surprising and often challenging viewpoints, contemporary art can be both revealing and refreshing. Art at W Costa Navarino is not simply decoration as it serves a deeper purpose; it is a medium to engage and delight our guests. In this virtual art tour guests can navigate through all pieces of art found in public spaces as well as rooms and villas of W Costa Navarino.

OLIVE HARVESTING


Costa Navarino 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 months, learn all the steps of the process of olive harvesting by experiencing the traditional procedure of olives’ collection, visiting the local olive press and finally tasting the extra virgin olive oil which has just been produced in front of you. Learn the local varieties and the olive tree planting projects in the region and taste the famous olive oil of the region along with local delicacies.

MESSINIAN PICNIC


Discover the rich history and fine culinary tradition of Messinia and explore unspoiled nature. Messinian Picnic is an all-encompassing experience that gives the opportunity to walk through history, feel, see and listen to nature, and savor local delicacies. Against a background of unspoiled nature, enjoy delicacies with a twist and become acquainted with authentic Greek hospitality at first hand.

FISHING EXPERIENCE


Visit Gialova Lagoon, one of the most iconic spots in Messinia and discover the art of shore fishing using the method of Catch & Release with the help of local fishermen. During the fishing experience, you will receive expert advice, tips and tricks throughout and will get acquainted with this significant sand-dune ecosystem.

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BIRDWATCHING EXPERIENCE


Visit Gialova Lagoon, one of the most iconic spots in Messinia and during the birds’ migration period, you will have the opportunity to meet numerous migratory birds as Gialova lagoon provides shelter to 217 bird species.

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WINE MASTER CLASS


Taste local and other Greek wines and become familiar with their distinctive colors, aromas and flavors. Wine experts will not only guide you through a unique tasting journey in the very place where the life of wine begins, but also help you choose the perfect food pairing for each wine you try.