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Chrani & Finikounda

Transfer time 45-90 minutes

Chrani is a quiet seaside hamlet with a long uncrowded beach and memorable views across the gulf to the mountainous Mani opposite.

Halfway down the inner side of the fertile, rolling Messinian peninsular, it is a good base from which to explore. Medieval Koroni, its vast fortifications still intact, lies some 12 kms to the south; whilst to the north a string of seaside villages – the largest being bustling (by comparison!) Petalidi 6 kms distant – means there is plenty of variety within a short bus or taxi ride. Up to 6 buses daily run between Koroni and Kalamata.

Chrani comprises two mini-markets, a pair of local cafés, a low-key garden bar and half a dozen good tavernas. Some offer free Wi-FI. It has a lovely shingle/sand beach which stretches for half a mile and has three beach-bars towards its northern end. All around are trees, shrubs and flowers: it remains green here even in high summer.

Last year some excursions were offered but to make the most of the area car hire is a good idea. Koroni, Finikounda, Methoni and Pylos are all within an easy drive, as are some truly stunning (oft deserted) beaches.

Blessed with superb beaches, Finikounda is the prettiest seaside village of the Messinian peninsula. Being at the southern tip it is also the most remote, although can be busy for the short high season period. The three golden, uncrowded beaches here are of coarse sand (with some fine shingle outcrops) and shelve into a turquoise sea.

In season some dozen good tavernas, known for their fresh fish, offer good dining choice and there are a number of small village shops, cafés and bars. Some nightlife there is, especially in peak, but for most of the year the village is low-key and relaxed.

Buses run west to Methoni and Pylos and there are a couple of taxis but for further exploration car hire is recommended. A booklet of walks in the area is available locally. For a beach-orientated holiday in what is still an unspoiled area, Finikounda is hard to beat.

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Ancient Messini, Peloponnese

Attractions of Chrani and surrounding area

There is so much antiquity and culture within a short drive of all our accommodation in the Messinia region. All the places of interest listed in our blog are within a two, to two and a half hour drive of the  Chrani Village area where most of our accommodation is located.

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Holiday Tip

In Chrani we support the Greek night at the Ilaira Apartments; run and organised by the owners who are part of a dance team who perform all over the country. This is a very popular evening attended by many Sunvil clients and locals. The price is 15 Euros per person and includes a 4 course home-made meal and the entertainment (drinks extra).

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Time Difference

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Currency

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Language

Greek

Average flight times

3 hours 40 Minutes

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Jackie Gogonas
Jackie Gogonas

Those of our clients who have, over the last 20 or so years, visited Tolon in the Peloponnese will know Jackie; our very knowledgeable and passionate representative. Having decided to return to the UK, she has joined our reservations team and, needless to say, knows Tolon, a resort we have featured since 1973, inside out. It will come as no surprise to know that the Peloponnese is her favourite region in Greece.

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