The Kalamata market is a great place to buy squash blossoms, zucchini and, of course, local olive oil. Make Costa Navarino your base — this eco-friendly development has implemented comprehensive programs to protect Messenia’s biodiversity. Need accommodations? Soon a Banyan Tree hotel (the chain is known for its sustainable practices) will join the Westin in Costa Navarino. Autumn is the time to sign up for an olive harvesting experience: learn, first-hand, how this treasured crop is picked, pressed and bottled.
With October temperatures still in the 70s, some beach days are in order. Messenia is blessed with gorgeous stretches of sand; one of the most popular is the U-shaped Voidokilia Beach, which is flanked by a ring of dunes.