Edited by Paulina Björk Kapsalis
The natural beauty and warm climate of Messinia invite you to spend your days outside, and there are so many things to do! Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy the outdoor activities at Costa Navarino:
Hitting the Waves
With the sea at your doorstep every day, it would be a shame not to take advantage of the surf club down on the beach. Here you’ll find everything you need for family watersport-holidays to remember, as you enjoy your time on the water surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, dinghy sailing, and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP). Certified experienced instructors are around to help you try some thrilling waterskiing or wakeboarding and, of course, vacations wouldn’t be vacations without a bouncing banana ride or a jaunt on a paddle boat – something the whole family can enjoy.
When you are looking for a way to relax, SUP yoga is our answer. When you are more in the mood to explore, you can join a guided sea kayak trip to Voidokilia, or set off on a seafaring adventure aboard a sport catamaran.
Improving your backhand with a professional coach
In Navarino Dunes, tennis players of all ages and levels, beginners included, are welcome at the Mouratoglou Tennis Center, which features 16 state-of-the-art courts built to Grand Slam standards overlooking the Ionian Sea. In addition, there are also several courts for squash and padel tennis. The first center of its kind, modeled after the Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in France, this sports facility offers signature programs with the same Mouratoglou methodology that has secured success for players such as Serena Williams and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Most of the guests come for the fun and for the exercise, but many come with a personal goal, and the lessons, private or group, all led by coaches trained at the academy in France, can quickly help improve your game.
You can pedal down the coast, between golf courses or into town. You can go off-road for some unbeatable exercise on nearby mountain bike trails, or join a guided cycling tour. Why not take your family on a fun day of exploration, with child seats or bike trailers for the little ones? Costa Navarino offers all its guests a selection of bicycles, perfect for getting around the wider area.
Going out to the sea
Looking at the sparkling blue Ionian waters all day could have you longing to head out to the sea. Thankfully, there are plenty of options. Set forth under sail or board a motor yacht for a carefree day on the water, exploring hidden coves and secluded beaches. Mini cruises are available daily, and all trips include delicious lunch services. For a really special treat, book a sailing boat , available both for exploring the area and for special events such as wedding ceremonies, romantic dinners for two under the stars, or private parties that last until the early hours of the morning.
With a friendly match
Did you know that FC Bayern is holding its soccer camps for young players at Costa Navarino? What could be better than pairing a morning of fun and relaxing on the beach with an afternoon tournament? The soccer field, which features artificial grass, is fitted with lights for night matches, promising unforgettable moments of excitement and fun for children and adults alike.
Reaching for the top, or rappelling by the bay
Sometimes working hard for something makes it all the more enjoyable when you get it. For the most incredible vistas, we go climbing. The rock-climbing routes on the islet of Proti offer incredible views of the Ionian Sea, as does the rappelling on the island of Sfaktiria in the bay of Navarino. Alternatively, the indoor climbing wall is a highlight for many young guests, and a good place to prepare for an outdoor adventure.
Discovering the deep
The islet of Proti, known as the Pirates’ Island, isn’t just beautiful above water; divers can vouch for its incredible undersea beauty as well. If you’re a beginner, the clear Ionian waters are a wonderful place to learn, with the help of certified instructors. For families, there’s no better way to learn about marine life than on a fun-filled snorkeling safari.
We love discovering our surroundings on foot. From the Neda River to the Gialova lagoon, there’s so much to see. If you’re not sure in which direction to head first, Costa Navarino has you covered. Choose from a number of themed walks and discover the history, traditions and gastronomic delights of the region, or opt for a more adventurous trekking experience that will reveal some of the area’s natural wonders.
[Edited version of an article published in Costa Navarino Stories, Issue 08]