Foinikounta Beach took its name by the homonymous picturesque village of Foinikounta which is now a renowned tourist destination of the Peloponnese. The sandy beach is spreading along the gulf. It is ideal for summer holidaymakers who enjoy quick dips into crystal-clear waters. It is convenient for families with small children and for anyone who chooses to have everything in a close distance! Right above the beach and along the coast you will find plenty of cafés and fish taverns, along with other shops for your daily needs.
Methoni’s ravishing beach spreads along the whole bay; from the area under the castle to the long stretch of sand at the other end of the bay. It is a quite large in size beach covered by sand and pebbles in places. The clear shallow waters are ideal for little children. The beach is definitely advisable for families.
The castle of Methoni and the octagonal tower (Mpourtzi) on a small islet just a few hundred metres from Methoni which used to serve as a prison,are both visible from the beach of Methoni creating a picturesque scenery for the tourist. There is also a road just above the beach, where you can park your vehicle.
The beautiful beach of Tsapi is found in the small town of Loutsa, only 1.5 km away from Foinikounta, on the central road towards the city of Koroni. You will see a relevant sign on your right hand as you are driving on the main road. Follow the downhill turnpike route and you will find the beach at the end of the road. Previously, the route to Tsapi beach was much more challenging and connection with this part of the town was mainly possible by sea with the little boats sailing back and forth from Foinikounta.
Tsapi beach was once a destination for the lovers of nature and of free camping. In the past, you could only find one tavern, which did not even have electricity. Nowadays, visitors will find an organised camping facility a few metres away from the beach and two fully-equipped taverns for their coffee or lunch.
Fine golden sand and a strip of large pebbles cover the seashore.
On the site of Marathi, there are actually two beaches: the Small and Big Marathi, which are both really beautiful and as remote as necessary in order for the visitors to secure their privacy. Both beaches are easily accessible by the central road: after passing past Foinikounta you should follow the route towards Tsapi Beach (there is a relevant sign as you are on the main road heading to Koroni) and then, at the first crossroads, you should follow the dirt road which leads to the two beaches. Marathi is also accessible by sea; it would be really nice if you took a little boat and sailed there from Foinikounta! It would also be wise to have all the necessary supplies with you, mainly water and food. In August, a three-day youth festival is being held in this very spot!
Lampes Beach is one of the most well-known beaches of Messenia. This long beach is actually constituted by two smaller beaches: the Front and the Back Lampes. It is said that they took their name by Cretans who settled there and originated from the area of Lampi in Rethymno. There is also another story concerning the origin of the name of this beach which dates back to the Venetian Period.
Lampes Beach offers visitors a comfortable stay as it is a pretty organized beach. Apart from their swim, tourists can also enjoy traditional food and nice coffee. There are deck chairs along the greatest part of the beach, but there is also abundant free space for those who prefer to bring their own sunshade.