Navarino is the largest protected anchorage in Greece, four to five nautical miles in size, surrounded by hills to the east and bizarre cliffs to the west. In the Peloponnesian War of 425 BC, the Athenian fleet defeated the Spartans. Not much is known about this battle, which may also have taken place in front of the bay. More important and still significant today is the second naval battle: On October 20, 1827, an Anglo-French-Russian fleet defeated the Turkish-Egyptian one. Thus, the Ottomans were finally expelled from Greece: the beginning of Greek independence.
On the 194th anniversary of this battle, we anchored in the middle of the bay and could enjoy the celebrations with music, laser show and fireworks.