I just tried to post one review and lost it so I hope this doesn't now come up twice.
This year was our first time in Chrani and we were bewitched. The Panorama apartments were clean, spacious and attractive and the staff friendly and helpful, though never intrusive. Our apartment (and I think this applies to all, though don't quote me) had beautiful views over both beach and village and it was only a matter of a couple of minutes down a fairly steep pathway to the sea. I have seen complaints from a few reviewers about the pebbly entrance to the sea and it is certainly true that a broad strip of pebbles just as you enter the water can make bathing initially awkward but a pair of jellies or other swim-proof footwear solves the problem and the sea is right out of Shirley Valentine.
The village itself is lovely. Relatively untouched by tourism, it retains a great deal of what we all love about Greece. There are no night clubs (thank God!) or even many shops, but there are beautiful views and some of the friendliest people you could wish to meet. By the way, I have noticed that this resort is not recommended (by most reviewers) as suitable for disabled people but I would say (as a disabled person myself) that much depends on your degree of disability. I am relatively mobile with a walking stick and, although I found it a bit of a struggle to get to the beach and around parts of the village, it was always worth the effort when I got there! I must say, though, I would feel sorry for anyone who had to push a wheelchair up and down some of the hills!
One thing that often upsets us in various parts of Greece is the number of stray cats and dogs. Chrani seems to be an exception to this rule. We never saw a single stray all the time we were there and the resident pet dogs and cats were clearly loved and looked after.
Another of those things that always 'makes' the holiday for us, is the choice of our regular taverna. The one that very quickly became our 'local' was the Veranda, only a few yards from the apartments, though that wasn't the reason we chose it. This is not one of those places created in the last few years to attract the tourists. Tassos, who owns the restaurant, was born in the village and has been running the taverna for around twenty years. He is more-than-ably assisted by the lovely Alfia who not only cooks wonderfully but has also somehow found the time to decorate the inside walls with her own flower and butterfly paintings. Some people's talents seem to have no end!
As 'veggies' we are used to having our choice of meals fairly limited when we go to Greece but that wasn't the case here. If we wanted our pasta without meat or had any other requests, time and supplies permitting, nothing was too much trouble. We were made to feel more like welcome guests than tourists.
Chrani is also perfectly placed for exploring the Messinia peninsula. The roads are generally much better than in many parts of Greece (especially Crete, much as I love it!) and journeys take less time than seasoned travellers to Greece might expect. A round trip, taking in Petalidi, Pylos, Gialova, Methoni, Finikounda and back 'home' (with plenty of time for swimming, exploring and lunch) will easily get you back in time for dinner at the Veranda. A perfect day, in my opinion.
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