Navarino Challenge: For the 8th year on October 16-18, 2020

Navarino Challenge

Bike ride in Voidokilia, in Navarino Challenge (photo by Elias Lefas)

Internationally awarded wellness event returns in Messinia & Costa Navarino

The award-winning sports tourism event Navarino Challenge; distinguished last year as the 2nd best event in the world in the “Best In Wellness” category at the World Travel Market in London (the only Greek event to have achieved this overall to date), returns for the 8th consecutive year on October 16-18, 2020 in Messinia, Pylos and Costa Navarino.

Through its central message “sports unite people”, Navarino Challenge last year gathered more than 2,700 professional and amateur athletes from 40 countries. This year the event will once again unite people of all ages and abilities in a rich schedule with more than 25 activities and over 10 Olympic sports. Navarino Challenge is the only event in Greece that successfully combines alternative forms of tourism such as sports, cultural, gastronomic, sea and wellness tourism to this degree.

Navarino Challenge will be held for the first time this year along with the celebration of Navarinia fest in Pylos and the 193 years since the Navarino Naval Battle, honoring and reviving one of the most remarkable events in modern Greek history. Participants of the event will have the opportunity to attend this major celebration in person, as a free shuttle service will be provided.

The event follows the ideals of the Olympic Movement, contributing towards the development of a peaceful and better world without any discrimination, through sports, promotes the benefits of exercise and raises awareness on the Mediterranean diet. Furthermore, considering the global issue of inactivity of youth, the event exhorts young people to get involved in games and sports, through the Active Kids program, by adding even more kids’ activities.

Navarino Challenge, annually demonstrating its charitable nature, announces Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC) as this year’s first CSR partner, reinforcing the breast cancer prevention and information campaign that takes place in the month of October. FTBC through its successful journey in Greece over the past nineteen years has been openly speaking about breast cancer. Operating through the invaluable work of many of its volunteers, it has funded various public information campaigns, helped more than 9,000 women get free breast screening and 25,000 women get free mammograms.

Navarino Challenge is co-organized by Costa Navarino, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino and Active Media Group with the support of Pylos-Nestor Municipality.

Enjoy some highlights from last year’s Navarino Challenge:

More information on the activities and opening of registrations will be announced in the coming weeks.

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About Costa Navarino

Costa Navarino is the prime, sustainable destination in the Mediterranean, located in the Greek region of Messinia in the southwest Peloponnese. One of the most unspoiled and breathtaking seaside Mediterranean landscapes, this area has been shaped by 4,500 years of history.

Its philosophy is driven by a genuine desire to promote Messinia, while protecting and preserving its natural beauty and heritage. It will comprise a number of distinct sites featuring five-star deluxe hotels, luxury private residences, conference facilities, spa and thalassotherapy centres, signature golf courses, as well as a wide range of unique year-round activities for adults and children.

Navarino Dunes, the first area, is home to two luxury five-star hotels, The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, and The Westin Resort Costa Navarino; Navarino Residences, a collection of luxury villas for private ownership; and The Residences at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino – fully furnished resort apartments for sale; the signature golf course The Dunes Course; Anazoe Spa, a 4,000m2 spa and thalassotherapy centre; the state-of-the-art conference centre House of Events; specially designed facilities for children; and a variety of gastronomy venues, sports, outdoor and cultural activities.

Navarino Bay, the second area, is home to the signature golf course, The Bay Course and to the earth-sheltered Bay Clubhouse, while an ultra-luxury, all suite and pool villas resort is currently under construction, alongside an upscale, vibrant, lifestyle resort at the nearby site Navarino Waterfront.

At Navarino Hills, two new 18-hole signature golf courses are also being constructed.

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The Westin Resort Costa Navarino

The Westin Resort has been voted one of the best resorts in Greece and one of the foremost holiday destinations in Europe. In 2017 The Westin Resort Costa Navarino has been voted among the Best Resorts in Europe in Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards.  It features an amazing selection of deluxe rooms, family rooms and suites in a privileged seaside location on a verdant hillside that affords an alluring mix of golf, sea and pool views. Voted “Best Family Destination” in the Mediterranean among Starwood Hotels & Resorts, this exceptional 5-star family resort in Greece allows children to choose from an enormous variety of supervised fun activities, tailored specifically for them, at the Cocoon and the SandCastle, giving parents plenty of time to indulge in their own favorite sports or simply unwind. At the Cocoon crèche, infants and toddlers from just 4 months to 3 years old are creatively engaged and encouraged to develop their skills under the supervision of qualified baby nurses and trained staff. Whilst the SandCastle, which offers both recreational and educational activities as well as overnight stay options, is aimed at children aged 4 to 7 and 8 to 12, with specially devised programs for each age group. For more information on The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, please visit or follow us on Twitter.

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