I’d heard some amazing things about the castle of Methoni (from our previous day in Costa Navarino), which was built by the Venetians over 800 years ago.

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The history of Greece still surprises me so much, it always seems so mystical and ancient… which is pretty obvious when I come to think of it! 🤣

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Jutting out into the sea, we had the whole site to ourselves, it was so surreal.

We spent a good few hours just wandering the old castle and exploring the rocky shores.

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What makes this castle so special is its history being built by the Venetians, occupied by the Ottomans and finally becoming under Greek control.

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You can still go inside the turrets, too.

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The whole experience of visiting the castle had me itching to explore, then eat some more! (yup, my holiday appetite never ends) 😆

After exploring the castle, we hopped over to Gialova that is nestled on the edge of Navarino Bay.

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Best of all, our walk through the little streets led us straight to the waterfront, with a mix of local restaurants that serve fresh fish that seems so irresistible when near the sea.

Between us, I think we must have ordered four plates that we quickly devoured.

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It must have been that sea-breeze making us hungry! 😆

Before we knew it, our message was quickly approaching and we dashed straight across after driving back to our hotel, Costa Navarino.

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I really tried my best not to fall asleep (as I feel like I’ve wasted my message otherwise), so I was so thankful I only dropped off for a few moments. During other messages, I’ve not been so successful!

After our relaxing massage, we spent a few hours chilling out, grabbing a frappe (and beer on the beach) and catching up on some more relaxation time. Needs must, after all. Ha!

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As this was our last evening in Greece, we decided on a later than usual dinner and headed over to Inbi for a little bite and some comfort food, all washed down with a night cap at the terrace outside.

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Our whole experience was so relaxing and I was so happy that I’d finally been able to see some of mainland Greece.

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Our trip had been far too long coming and the only thing missing was a few extra days. After all, you can never relax too much!


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