It is hard to top our last port of Pilos but this harbor, bounded by a large fort with its landmark octagonal tower, is a sure favorite. Sailing south in very light air and making only 3 knots is not a bad way to while away an afternoon and had us at anchor in the tranquil bay by 5pm. We walked the town in the evening and the next morning set off for a proper trek through Methoni's vast and romantic fortress.
Its fields of onion blossoms (some with snails hanging on!) - that's Craig checking their freshness (the onions, not the snails!) , fennel and wildflowers interspersed amongst the Turkish Baths, a cathedral, a cistern, parapets and many underground passages were an intriguing delight.
Although initially Turkish, this strategic fort was the Venetian's first and longest held possession in the Peloponnese. During medieval times the twin fortresses of Methoni and Koroni (our next stop) were key to Venetian shipping routes and known as "the Eyes of the Serene Republic (of Venice)".
Note to cruisers: Methoni provides a well-protected anchorage with good holding in sand and a long dock for easy dinghy access. The town is small and friendly with P.O., various veg, bread & butcher shops, even a Carrefour Express". Lunch out for 2 with iced coffees and mezhedes (small meat, cheese, veg "tapas") at a small main street cafe was only 5Euros! Koroni anchorage off town is open to the north but was fine in settled weather.