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Foneas: The Greek Beach Too Beautiful for its Name

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Foneas Beach, Greece is one of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Credit: Screenshot/Youtube

One of the most beautiful beaches in Messinia, Peloponnese carries one of the least attractive names you could possibly imagine. But once you get to Foneas (“Killer”) Beach in Greece, you will forget its unfortunate name and surrender to its magical landscape.

The most characteristic feature of Foneas is the huge rock in the middle of the sea, which is tailor-made for jumping or diving into the surrounding crystal blue waters.

Foneas Beach is well hidden from the trees which line the path leading to it. It is located very close to Delfinia Beach, just 4 km (2.5 miles) southeast of Kardamili, on the road to Laconia in the Peloponnese.

Marking where the famous Foneas Gorge comes to an end, it is understandably one of the favorite places for local people in the summer.

Still a well-kept secret, Foneas Beach is a favorite spot for locals, but it’s never crowded, making it the perfect place for a beach getaway.

The origin of the name “Foneas Beach”

There are various legends about the origin of the name of the beach. The most common one concerns a pirate who was shipwrecked and beached there.

He was hiding in the nearby cave until his ship was repaired and in the meantime, he would rob and kill all those who passed by. Thus the origin of the local tradition naming the beach Foneas.

However, despite the terrifying name, Foneas is truly one of the most beautiful beaches in the Peloponnese. It is a pebble beach, with crystal clear blue-green waters and a verdant natural landscape with rocky cliffs surrounding it.

There is only one little cantina that sells beverages on the beach, and there are no umbrellas or sunbeds, so you need to go well prepared with your own supplies. But once there, you will forget about the lack of amenities and simply enjoy the pristine waters and imposing natural scenery of the area.

The untouched beauty of the site is unparalleled, and it is widely considered one of the most stunning beaches in the area.

The Peloponnese is home to beautiful beaches, history

The Peloponnese region offers many different historical sites, culture and beauty to tourists looking for a spectacular vacation in Greece.

Though Greece is one of the most well-visited destinations in the world, tourists generally tended to congregate in just a few spots throughout the country: mostly Athens, Mykonos and Santorini. However, as more travelers venture off the beaten path, the Peloponnese is becoming a beloved destination.

The Peloponnese retains a great deal of authenticity in its small towns, which lures many travelers to its regions. The peninsula also has exquisite, locally-grown gourmet delicacies, something many tourists value today.

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