A coastal Greek village with a traditional charm is waiting to be uncovered, so why not book your 2017 holiday to Finikounda? If you have never heard of Finikounda before, prepare to fall in love with this enchanting tourist resort, which is wedged in-between Methoni and Korni towns. An authentic village with plenty of modern conveniences to keep holidaymakers comfortable during their stay, this Greek retreat is the perfect base for explorers who want to relax and island hop.
In its early days, Finikounda was a fishing village. After your flight, which should take approximately three hours and 40 minutes when travelling from the UK, you will take the journey from the airport to this jewel of Peloponnese. Some people call Finikounda 'Finikoundas'. Whatever you choose to call it, you won't be able to deny its natural beauty and inviting atmosphere. Plenty of beachfront hotels line the coast and with resorts like Kalamata located nearby, a holiday in Finikounda will be ideal for people in search of different territories.
You will not have to travel very far to see the top attractions in this resort. With its position on the peninsula's southernmost tip, you can expect to find plenty of points of interest during your holiday in Finikounda. Examples of some nearby attractions include Castle Methoni and the Archaeological Museum of Messenia. This museum stands where the old market hall once stood. Step inside and get a glimpse into Greek history, from the Prehistoric era all the way through the Byzantine period.
Since Finikounda is located a short drive from Kalamata, you might consider spending an afternoon sunbathing on Paralia Kalamatas beach, but not before wandering around the towns of Methoni and Korni. Methonis Castle is photographed by millions of tourists and professional photographers throughout the year, as is Methoni Venetian Fortress.
Wine and Dine
It doesn't really matter which part of Greece you visit if you want to chow down on traditional dishes, what with the flourishing environment proving perfect for growing fresh fruits, vegetables, and other staple ingredients. A holiday in Finikounda will give you a chance to satisfy your hunger cravings. Local restaurants like Aris Grill House and Elena Taverna serve specialty dishes like Gyro (roasted meat on a vertical spit), Barbouni (small, fresh fish), and Horiatiki (Greek salad).
Order a glass or bottle of wine to accompany your meal and really bring out the flavours. Greece was one of the first countries in the world to start producing wines, both red and white. Figure out which kind of grape pleases your palate at Inomessiniaki Winery in Messinia or set off on a wine tourism tour around the area vineyards.
Family holidays to Finikounda provide an idyllic setting for spending quality time with your nearest and dearest, whether you plan on unwinding or getting active.
Visit Old Navarino Castle and take in sweeping ocean views after a stroll in the sun or plan a day of nature-filled fun at the Polylimnio Waterfalls or Neda Waterfalls. An enjoyable way to make memories as a family is by dedicating one evening to sleeping beneath the stars at the campsite on Navarino beach.
Hotels in Finikounda are generally equipped with child-friendly facilities, such as swimming pools. It is not uncommon to find outdoor playgrounds at the village eateries. Furthermore, the majority of accommodation options can be accessed in foot in just a few minutes, making this part of Messinia superb for families.
Action and Adventure
Why not tick a speedboat adventure off your bucket list when you are on holiday in Finikounda? Keep your eyes open when you are on board, not only to admire the ruggedly beautiful bays and fishing boats that cruise around the Mediterranean shores but also, to spot a dolphin!
For a more laid-back day out on the water, organise a Messinia sailing excursion. If you are willing to rent a car and see more of Peloponessos, devour a seafood platter in the pretty port town of Koroni, witness the Treasury of Atreus, or admire the fine structure of the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus.
Life's a Beach
If splashing in the warm Mediterranean ocean is at the top of your to-do list, you will not be disappointed by the beaches during your holiday in Finikounda. Quaint shops and taverns are peppered around the beach on which the village lies. A picturesque place to meet fellow tourists, it features a promenade that you can walk along for astonishing sunset views.
Catch sight of the anglers catching your dinner on Finikounda beach, or indulge in some tanning time at one of the many other blissful beaches in Messenia. Top beaches in the region include Loutra of Kyllini, Kalogria beach, Voidokilia beach, Elafonisos beach, and the golden beach of Arkoudi.
Don't expect an incredibly lively nightlife scene when on holiday in Finikounda, but do expect to find sophisticated wine bars and lounges. Ideal for a group gathering or special occasion, the Casagrande cocktail bar will lure you in with its funky architectural style and mouthwatering menu. Alternatively, look out onto the Messinian Gulf at Arossa, which opens its doors from 9.30 pm.
Sunset Bar is a busy bar in Kyparissia so if you're in the mood for socialising, take a taxi to Kyparissia (usually takes just over 50 minutes) or choose from an assortment of wines and spirits at Baroque in Kalamata historical centre.
Many of the people who book a holiday to Finikounda will be a couple in their mid 30's or above. However, there is something for couples of all ages to enjoy around the seaside village. As a matter of fact, the Messinia region is a popular destination for honeymoons.
Hike through the forest and climb around ancient ruins at Taygetus or visit the Bassae temple for a historical experience with your loved one. Romantic dinners come as standard in Greece, as do intimate walks along the beach. For a memorable experience, hop on a boat and slice through the waves in the direction of Schiza island and Sapientza island.
Whether you are roaming touristic areas or traditional villages in Greece, the customs and etiquette are fairly similar. Friendly and very conversational, the Greeks enjoy socialising, spending time with the family, and taking pride in their delicious food. If a local person asks you a personal question during your holiday in Finikounda, try not to get offended because the Greeks are very up-front and in some cases, they may invade your personal space without even realising it.
In the fortunate case that you are invited to a local person's house for dinner, make sure you are fashionably late. Arrive at least 30 minutes after the arranged time to demonstrate etiquette. Cakes or flowers, when bestowed upon the host, will earn you respect. Prepare to come face-to-face with a big extended family at a local gathering and dress accordingly. Avoid putting your hand up when talking to a Greek person on holiday in Finikounda since this will cause offence, albeit unintentionally.