21 Οκτωβρίου 2017

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monuments

During your stay at Koroni Camping, you get the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful archaeological or natural sites in Peloponnese, close by or farther away, depending on your mood and transporting capabilities.
A few of these are listed below, with their distance from the camping, to enable your exploration of astonishing southern Peloponnese!

Koroni Castle

The castle occupies the headland to the east of the modern town and is built on the ruins of the ancient Messenian town of Asine. It was erected in the 6th or 7th century A.D., and was used all through the Byzantine period. Koroni was captured by the Venetians in 1206 and was used as a supplying centre. In 1500 the castle was occupied by the Turk Bayazit Pasha and remained under Turkish domination until 1686 when it was recaptured by the Venetians. In 1715, when the Venetians left the Peloponnese, the castle was again dominated by the Turks who kept it until 1828, when it was liberated by the French general Maison.
For many years, the Archaeological Service has been carrying out restoration work at various buildings of the castle.

Methoni castle (27km)

Methoni castle lies at the southernmost end of the west Peloponnisian coast.
Although the water (sea) surrounding the castle acts as a communication channel providing access to the port for servicing ships and transporting cargo, it was also very efficiently used so as to keep intruders/enemy ships in a safe distance without allowing them to wonder around close to the fort.
Methoni castle was created probably around the beginning of the 7th century B.C.



Pylos castle (37km)

Two castles are built on the summits of the two hills at the ends of the Bay of Navarino, overlooking the town of Pylos: the older castle of Navarino, called Palaiokastron or Palaionavarinon and the more recent castle, called Niokastron.
The latter was built in 1573 by the Turks, and in 1686 was given over to the Venetians. It again came under Turkish domination in 1715, along with the castle of Koroni and Palaionavarino. In 1816 it was captured by Ibrahim Pasha and remained under his control until 1828 when it was liberated by the French general Maison. During the Second World War it was used as the seat of the Italian and, later, the German headquarters.

Nestor Palace (37km)

The Palace is located on a low hill in western Messenia on the southwest coast of the Peloponnesos (Navarino bay). It was most probably the home of the Homeric king Nestor.
The palace is dated in the 13th century B.C. and was built of smoothed stone bonded with clay.
Its most conspicuous features are: the central hall or megaron, two stories high, a unit composed of a porch with two columns, an anteroom and the main square throne room decorated in bright colors. Besides the megaron, there were archive rooms, storerooms, a pantry and the residential quarters including a smaller megaron and bathroom which probably belonged to the queen.

Sfaktiria island

Sfaktiría, the ancient Sphagia, is a cliff-fringed island lying off the southwestern Peloponnese, separated from it by the narrow Sikiá Channel, which is only 200m/220yd wide.
The island, 4.6km. long and between 500m. and 1.000m. across, forms a protective barrier on the west side of Navarino Bay, in which on October 20th 1827 a Turkish fleet of 82 warships suffered an annihilating defeat at the hands of a numerically inferior British, French and Russian fleet. The sea bed is still littered with wrecks.



Polilimnio waterfalls (30km)

In the municipality of Voufrada, 32 kilometres away from Kalamata, there is the canyon of Polilimnio with its lakes and waterfalls.
Crossing a small path for 5 minutes and passing through dense vegetation and picturesque wooden bridges you will find yourselves in a secret paradise made of small lakes and waterfalls, surrounded by olive groves and vineyards.
15 lakes with different strange names such as Mavrolimna, Kadi, Kadoula, Lucky’s, Italian’s, Panagos’s, Stathoula’s, well hidden for many years, have become known to the public only recently and opened to visits of nature’s friends.


Ancient Olympia (180km)

Olympia is the birthplace of the Olympic Games and Zeus' sacred place.
It has cultivated ideals since ancient times. It was never just the games, but also the honour, the peace, the struggle and the body - all in one.
Visiting the archaeological site and museum, you will walk in one of the most important sanctuaries of ancient Greece. Situated in the landscape of the foot of Mt. Kronion (Kronios Lofos), Olympia invites you to take part of the history of Greece.



Ancient Messene (40km)

Messene (Greek: Μεσσήνη Messínî or Messénê ) is a town in the prefecture of Messinia in southern Greece.
In antiquity, it was a Doric Greek city-state founded by Epaminondas in 369 BC, after the battle of Leuctra and the first Theban invasion of the Peloponnese.
Today, an archaeological site of the ancient city remains and the modern town has some 10.000 inhabitants. What chiefly excites this wonder is the strength of its fortifications, which excelled all those of the Greek world. Of the wall, some 8km. in extent, considerable portions yet remain, especially on the north and north-west, and almost the entire circuit can still be traced, affording the finest extant example of Greek fortification.

Voidokilia Bay

Located north of Pylos, this beautiful natural cove should definitely be part of your swimming destinations. One look at this sublime half-moon of sand and you’ll be instantly smitten. The waters are fantastic, too - blissfully calm and family-friendly...




Diros Caves (105 km)

Dyros Caves in Laconia, overlooking the Messenian Gulf, were known already at the end of the 19th century, but their scientific exploration began almost half a century later.
The Dyros cave complex, still not completely charted, is among the largest and most spectacular in Europe, featuring incredible formations of stalactites and stalagmites, an underground stream and lakes, narrow passages and enormous halls.





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