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Khranoi Things to Do

  • Ancient Messene

    Ancient Messene was built in B.C.369 to defend the Messinians from the Spartans.A very spread out site which is still being excavated. No admission charge. It's all very laid back.The best place to view is from the village platea in Mavromati.

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  • Arcadian Gate

    Built in the Walls of Messene, guarding Ancient Messene.It's huge limestone lintel is half fallen and is an impressive sight. It is the best preserved gate in the wall and the easiest to reach from Ancient Messene.More impressive than Hadrian's Wall in England.

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Khranoi Restaurants

  • Aghios Andreas

    2008 holidaying in Koroni we decided to return to Ag. Andreas for lunch. This time we ate at Akroyali, it having a menu so at least we could look at prices. It proved to be a good choice, with good quality food, huge portions and good prices. It's positioned on the pretty harbourside, surrounded by pots of colourful flowers, it's blue tables and...

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  • Where the Locals Went

    The first year we ate here it was throbbing with locals (mainly young men to view Poppy the owner). It was a great atmosphere and the food was mainly good and cheaper than in Chrani. (It was on the main road about two kms. south of Khrani.)The sevice was excellent, considering Poppy didn't speak much English. The following year it was very quiet,...

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  • New for 2004

    On our second visit to Khrani a brand new taverna had just opened for the season. Newly built it was a pleasant, low rise simple building set in a newly planted garden. Plenty of parking space also. Hellas was pretty busy when we were there, the young Greek lads rushing about the place.Prices were similar to Socrates.We discovered the place...

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Khranoi Nightlife

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    Sophisticated Entertainment

    by nickandchris Written Feb 1, 2005

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    We didn't look for night-life being quite happy to people watch whilst enjoying a meal and a glass or three of wine.

    There were a couple of bars so I expect if there was any life after eating it would have been there.

    Dress Code: 8 year old Philip took his own entertainment, his Gameboy, but did enjoy people watching with us.

    Dress code??? As long as you wore something you were o.k.!!

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Khranoi Transportation

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    Garaged at Georges Apartments

    by nickandchris Written Jan 21, 2005

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    Although there is a bus service both north and south the infrequency of them makes getting around difficult. You could always splash out on tour guide trips but apart from the expence you are very limited as to where and when they go.
    The obvious solution is to hire a car, cheaper if pre- booked in England(obviously for the Brits) and collected at the airport.

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Khranoi Shopping

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    What Delights!!

    by nickandchris Updated Jun 1, 2008

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    An amazing experience shopping in a Greek Lidl.Watching the locals in a feeding frenzy, pulling all the non-food items out of their bags to examine them.

    The price of ouzo 2.69eur for 70cl. Retsina .49eur.
    Obviously we still bought fresh bread, milk and vegs. as well as meat, in Chrani's local shops.

    ,How many English Lidl staff speak Greek?!!

    What to buy: Some of the products are only sold in larger than you want amounts so shop locally for those.

    You can't buy Greek beer either, only French or German type.

    What to pay: Orange Juice:----1.5litres 1.05eur.
    Tomato Juice------720ml. .59eur.
    Beer----------24x25cl. 5.99eur.

    RETURNED TO SHOP AT LIDL THIS YEAR,2008, ONLY TO FIND A LOT OF SHELVES BARE AND THE ALCOHOL SECTION WAS VERY LIMITED AND POORLY STOCKED.

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Khranoi Local Customs

  • Freebies

    I think at all the restaurants we ate at in Chrani we always ended up leaving later than anticipated, owing to the generosity of the owners plying us with free ouzo, fruit, coffee, etc.Such a generous race.

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  • Fill Your Own!!!!

    Close to Poppy's taverna on the outskirts of Chrani is a wine/ouzo merchant. It was customary to fill your bottles here and after all that strenuous activity to call at Poppy's for a snack or drink!!!!Signposted on the main road south of Chrani.

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    Expensive Pizza.

    by nickandchris Written Feb 1, 2005

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    Amazingly, prices in restaurants/tavernas were pretty much the same. This applied to the whole area we visited. Only once did we feel we had paid over the odds compared with other places we ate. This was The Veranda Restaurant in Chrani in 2003 where we paid a lot more for a pizza than the other establishments.His local wine was expensive also. Anyway, we didn't bother returning !!!

    Unique Suggestions: Don't let it spoil your night. You win some, you lose some.

    Tell them they are expensive and don't return.

    Fun Alternatives: I would suggest Socrates or Hellas.

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Khranoi What to Pack

  • Packing to go home

    If you plan to take lots of ouzo home (cheap at Lidl) keep any screw top plastic bottles you acquire and rebottle in these. Ouzo bottle tops are renowned for leaking, in my experience.Also less weight to carry.

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  • If you like your toast for breakfast.

    This applies to all Greek self catering holidays. Take a grid that you can sit over the electric/gas ring on the cooker in your room. Once the ring has heated up you have toast galore. (Do keep an eye on it though!!)

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Khranoi Off The Beaten Path

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    Mycenean Tomb 1 more image

    by nickandchris Written Feb 1, 2005

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    Couldn't find this on our map, it was sign-posted near Rizomilos, the junction with the Kalamata to Pilos road.
    The road was actually a bit of a short cut to Pilos from Chrani, cutting the corner off at Rizomilos.

    Quite an impressive, deep tomb.

    A lovely peaceful site that ended on a ridge looking down into the valley.

    Nice place to be buried.

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  • Beaches in Abundance

    If you have your own transport there are so many beautiful beaches in the area to discover. In May it wasn't hard to find a beach to ourselves.Take a look at the travelogue page Beaches Returning to a favourite beach.

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  • Holiday Reps

    Generally I don't find holiday reps any better informed about the area we are staying in than ourselves. Chrani was an exception as Karl had moved here permanently. I have known reps deliberately not tell you where the best beaches etc. are. Not so with Karl. He was more of a friend than a rep and never attempted to ram expensive trips down your...

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