2 week stay in May/June 2008
Our family rented out the villa Urania over a 2 week period in May/June 2008 and had a wonderful stay. The villa is lovely - clean, bright and with all the basic essentials that a family needs. It is in a very peaceful spot on the top of a steep hill (bit of a bumpy drive up and down!). The views from the villa are spectacular, it is very beautiful, surrounded by olive trees and looking down over the sea and over the coast. We also had a daily flypast from some fighter jets - very exciting! The villa is cleaned, the gardens are looked after twice a week and the pool is also cleaned at that time.
We spent most of our time at the villa relaxing by the pool. We did visit Koroni - quite nice bars around the harbour, Methoni - really interesting castle and also a lovley town square with bars and restaurants (recommend a visit), Ancient Messinia - very interesting, but hot and open with no facilities on site, go in the early morning with water and suncream/hats! We also went to Voi de Killia - which is very beautiful.
You really need a car in order to get around and to get to Petalidi and Chrani the most local villages. The beach at Chrani is the best one around, with various beach bars that have beds/umberellas you can use.
Chrani is not really a vlilage, more of a holiday apartment village. But it does have some restaurants - the best one is found near the top of the road down to the restaurants and apartments. It was always busy and had wonderful food and atmosphere, not sure of the name - Ellias maybe, it had a pretty garden around the restaurant with tables etc. Chranis also had a very good mini market - Billys.
Petalidi is quiet and a bit scruffy - but has a lot of charm. There are bars and restaurants around the square, the one we liked best is the modern bakery at the top - great coffees and cakes/ice creams. There are quite a few mini markets and butchers etc in Petalidi, it is a very friendly place. We ate once at the Paradise restaurant closer to the sea - friendly and good meal. Go to Petalidi on market day. it is busy and bustling and has great fruit/vegetables along with lots of other typical market stalls!
The owner was very helpful and easy to contact via phone (we arranged a late check out whilst we were there).
I would have no hesitation in recommending this villa to a family who are looking for a quiet holiday and who are happy to get in the car to see a few sights, visit the local villages etc.
Families with Young Children
Helpful votes: 14/15
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