EXPERIENCE - THE TREASURES OF THE PELOPONNESE: THE CASTLE OF PYLOS AND GREEK CUISINE
Sightseeing, Cultural, Tasting
An excursion through the historic and architectural treasures and the flavours of the Peloponnese: from Pylos with its imposing castle to Verga Hill, where we discover the unique flavour of Kalamon olives.
What we will see
- Pylos, Niokastro Castle
- Verga Hill, lunch and folk performance
What we will do
- We leave the port and start our excursion with a panoramic tour of the rural area of Messene. During the ferry trip to Pylos, we admire the huge expanse of olive groves; the renowned extra virgin olive oil of Kalamata is produced using Kalamon olives.
- Once we arrive in Pylos, we are enchanted by the Castle of Niokastro, an ancient fortress built by the Turks in the 16th century to control the magnificent Bay of Navarino, the only large natural port along the west coast of the Peloponnese. On 20 October 1827 the allied fleet, in a show of strength, sailed into the Bay of Navarino, under the command of the British Admiral, Sir Edward Codrington, the French Admiral, De Rigny and Count Russo von Heyde but a gunshot from the Turkish and Egyptian fleet caused an unexpected battle with the allied governments that ended with the destruction of more than two thirds of the Turkish and Egyptian ships. Even today it is still possible to see the ruins on the bottom of the Bay when the sea is calm. The battle was a significant impetus to the Greek War of Independence.
- We then enjoy a walk through the narrow streets of Pylos, one of the most picturesque towns of the Peloponnese .
- We will head towards the final stop of our excursion: Verga Hill where an evocative panorama unfolds in front of us, with the wonderful city of Kalamata and its enchanting bay. We enjoy a delicious lunch, with typical products including, of course, Kalamon olives, accompanied by the cheerful music of the traditional sirtaki dance.
What you need to know
Space is limited, so please reserve early.