Departing the lovely Ionian islands, we cross to the west coast of the lower mainland of Greece called Peloponnisos. Actually a bridge now connects this area to the upper mainland after the construction of the Corinthian Canal. The Canal provides a short cut into the Aegean Sea but we chose to take the longer route and go around. We arrived to Katakolon where we met owner and crew of ADSUM. From here we spent the day and traveled to Olympia, the original ruins of the games where many Greek heroes proved their worth on track and field.
The ancient Panhellenic games were hosted here for over 1000 years. A sacred truce was observed for the duration of the games. During the first World War, the British and Germans laid down their arms to play football. The modern games we watch today were revived in l896.
Moving further down the coast our next stop was Pilos. it is a very large bay (Navarinou) with a long island to seaward which offers very good protection.
A large battle took place in this bay in 1827 where 3 admirals who commanded fleets destroyed the Turkish sea power. Near the village of Pilos is a fort which was originally built by the Venetians and added to by the Turks. Impressive construction!
We also hiked to the top of a hill of a island to the NW of the bay to ruins of a fort. The views were incredible and worth all the sweat in the heat and avoiding the large spiders and their webs.
Arriving Methoni, you round a Venetian Fort and a Turkish Tower. It was a impressive entrance.
The village of Methoni is not much of a touristic place which was very refreshing to experience. Very few could speak any english, but they were friendly and you felt welcome. We purchased some of the best meat we have had this trip at a butcher shop run by a woman. We experienced one of the best meals thus far in Greece at a small family taverna that we found totally by accident.