Koroni is a lovely Venetian port town at Messinia Bay, east of Methoni and Finikounda. Medieval mansions and churches line the town’s quaint, narrow and winding streets. These lead to a promontory, on which perches an extensive castle and monastery. Much of the old castle is occupied by the Timios Prodromos Convent. If open, you can enter (a strict dress code applies). Note the castle’s impressive Gothic entrance. The small promontory beyond the castle is a tranquil place for a stroll, with lovely views over the Messinian Gulf to the Taÿgetos Mountains.
Koroni’s main attraction is Zaga Beach, a long sweep of golden sand just south of the town. It takes about 20 minutes to walk to here – you can cut through the castle or go via the road. Koroni also renowed because of the loggerhead Caretta Caretta turtles, which lay their eggs near Zaga beach.
When visiting Koroni, make sure you try one of the restaurants down at the harbour and boulevard: daily fresh fish is being served.