Fun things to do in Prefecture of Messinia

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    Experience the Olive Harvest in Greece

    by greekcypriot Updated Feb 24, 2015

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    Get back to nature and experience every stage of the harvest.

    With its unbeatable beautiful landscapes and rich palette of colors, Greece is an excellent choice of holiday destination. Harvest activities set the tone, and visitors are welcome to join in this celebration of the land. In the Peloponnese olive picking is normally late November/early December.

    Special echo tourism accommodation units have opened up in different parts of the country, allowing guests to help with the olive harvest as part of a trip during which they also experience the sights and way of life in the region. (Simple but comfortable accommodation matching with the local style).

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    Under Water: Snorkeling - Scuba diving!

    by greekcypriot Updated Feb 24, 2015

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    Discover the Underwater beauty and secrets of Messinia

    Enjoy Messinia’s clear blue waters and discover underwater secrets whilst scuba diving or snorkeling in an area once frequented by notorious pirates such as Katoulias or Proti island.

    Explore the beauty of the undersea world and experience the wonders of Mediterranean marine life.
    Swim alongside the rare Caretta caretta turtles and spot some of the large fish that inhabit or visit the area.

    Take your first underwater breaths and learn how to scuba dive with experienced instructors.

    Special programs are available for children aged 10+ which can lead to PADI certification, as well as daily fun dives for certified divers organized by the Aqua Divers Club, a PADI 5* Resort.

    Costa Navarino

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    Sea Sports: Surfing, Kayaking, Kitesurfing & more!

    by greekcypriot Updated Feb 24, 2015

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    Navarino Sea offers water sports enthusiasts, hours of exhilarating pleasure under the warm Messinian sun.

    This region of the southwest Peloponnese is considered ideal for a wide range of such sports, especially surfing.

    Kayaking is a fun way to exercise for all ages. Set off with friends or take part in an escorted half-day or full-day trip.

    Stand Up Paddle-boarding is fast gaining in popularity worldwide and easy to learn.

    Kitesurf, an unforgettable experience that will change the way you look at the sea.
    Private lessons for beginners and advance coaching from experienced instructors.

    Windsurfing: Take advantage of modern equipment and teaching methods to advance your techniques.

    Let Navarino Sea by Aqua Divers Club introduce you to the magic of Messinia’s underwater world and take your vacation to new depths.

    The diving club offers all PADI scuba diving courses from Bubblemaker through to Instructor level. Lessons are given one-on-one or in small groups of up to four.

    Special programs are available for children aged 10+ which can lead to PADI certification (Junior Open Water Diver, Junior Adventure Diver, Junior Rescue Diver, etc.).
    Daily fun divers are also organized for certified divers.

    Navarino Sea

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    Bike Trekking

    by greekcypriot Updated Feb 24, 2015

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    Bike Trekking excursions are the perfect way to explore the area’s many natural attractions.

    Escorting vehicles make these excursions suitable for families also. Through these tours, visitors can discover the secret wonders of Messinia where the landscape remains untouched and the locals still embrace their ancestral traditions.

    Mountain Biking

    Mountain biking tours with different difficulty levels have been specially designed for sport enthusiasts with a more adventurous nature while GPS devices are available for self-guided tours.
    Guests can also rent electric vehicles such as Segways, an eco-rriendly but also fun way to get around.

    The dedicated BIKE STATION of Navarino Outdoors offers a wide range of rental bikes, from high end mountain bikes, city bikes, e-bikes and many more options for families with children, including IDEAL and Scott brands, along with an extensive selection of accessories and clothing.

    Navarino Outdoors

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    Hiking Tours

    by greekcypriot Updated Feb 24, 2015

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    Explore Messinia’s natural attractions and discover its rich history on hidden trails.

    Carefully planned Cultural Tours enable visitors to gain first-hand experience of the region’s rich heritage at intriguing sites such as Ancient Messene or Ancient Olympia and savor delicious traditional fare away from the tourist bustle.

    Guests seeking an efficient aerobic workout will find Nordic Walking offers a holistic, low-impact fitness activity against the backdrop of Messinia’s outstanding natural beauty.*

    Easy to learn, it requires no special clothing and is suitable for all ages.

    Navarino Outdooors

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    Interesting Events of July and August

    by greekcypriot Updated Feb 21, 2015

    Several interesting Events are held on different dates in July and August by the Commercial Association of Marathopolis. If you are lucky to be around drop by as it is fun.

    Produces from the round area exhibit their local and traditional products (honey, wine, tsipouro, oil) and give the opportunity to people to taste them and if interested buy as well.

    There are cooking lessons, live music, magicians and jugglers and many more.

    This year the first event took place 12th July with the “White Gastronomical Night” «Λευκή Γαστρονομική Νύχτα» but there were several on the 18th, 26th, 31st, 6th and it closed with a Concert that took place by the harbor of Marathopolis.

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    Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

    by greekcypriot Updated Feb 21, 2015

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    The Undersea Beauty
    Explore the beauty of the undersea world and experience the wonders of Mediterranean marine life.
    Swim alongside the rare Caretta caretta turtles and spot some of the large fish that inhabit or visit the area.

    Special programs are available for children aged 10+ which can lead to PADI certification, as well as daily fun dives for certificated divers organized by the Aqua Divers Club.

    Photos: Katsivelas

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    Romanos Beach

    by greekcypriot Updated Feb 21, 2015

    It is also called Glyfadaki by locals.

    Located about 2 kms north of Voidokoilia beach, it is popular for its abundance of small turtles visiting the beach to lay their egges.

    Excellent quality of sand, deep and clear waters with amazing colour.
    When the wind is south west, -half of the times it is, expect big waves. Avoid doing kayak or swim far from the beach. It is the time that kite-surfers love it. Don’t forget, it is the Ionian Sea anyhow!

    In the organized part of the beach there are sun beds, parasols beach cafes and bars and there is also one restaurant. It gets extremely crowded during the high season.

    The rest of the beach is intact and it is mostly preferred by families and those who seek tranquility and peace.

    How to get here:
    Pass through the village of Romanos, follow the signs to the beach. You keep on for 2 kms through olive groves and dunes. When you reach the beach you will come across the parking lot on the left.

    Romanos beach
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    The Octagonal Tower of Methoni castle

    by greekcypriot Updated Dec 2, 2014

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    Occupying a headland jutting into the sea, the fortress of Methoni, which had its heyday in the period from the 13th to the 15th century, is one of the most impressive medieval sites in Greece.

    The Octagonal Tower of the Castle
    A battery of cannon around the impressive octagonal tower of Methoni castle was used to sink any ships that refused to pay the taxes levied by the occupants. This is one of the reasons that the seabed around Methoni is an area particularly rich in underwater archaeology. impressive octagonal tower of Methoni castle

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    Ancient Messene (Messini)

    by greekcypriot Written Dec 2, 2014

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    The city was built in 369B.C. according to the Hippodamian grid system, so named after Hippodarmus of Miletus, who conceived the idea that a town plan should reflect a rational and democratic social order.
    Fortifications stretching for 9 km, the massive fortification walls of Ancient Messini are among the best preserved in Greece and –according to Pausanias – were the strongest in antiquity.

    Ancient Messini:
    It is one of the most significant ancient cities in terms of its size, structure and state of preservation and still has much to be discovered. Along with the sanctuaries and public buildings it has imposing fortifications, dwellings and burial sites. It has, amongst other things the rare advantage of never having been destroyed or covered by later settlements and sits in an unspoiled inland site in a natural Mediterranean environment.

    The Way to Messini:
    By road from Athens along Corinth, Tripoli, Megalopolis, Kalamata highway (the shortest and more comfortable way) or via Corinth, Patra, Pyrgos, Kyparissia, Meligalas highway.

    Have in mind that from Olympia the site is about a 60 minute drive.

    Ancient Messini
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    Andromonastiro

    by greekcypriot Written Dec 1, 2014

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    Located near the village Petralona, 5 km away from Ancient Messinii, this remarkable Byzantine monastery is said to have been found in the 14th century by the emperor Andronicus IV Palaeologus. Perhaps it the most important monastery complex of Messinia, both in architectural and monastic terms.

    The main church houses rare portable icons and exquisite wall paintings and is decorated with a marble screen and exquisite Byzantine wall paintings.

    The Catholic Church in Andromonastiro is dedicated to the Transfiguration of the Savior, while there are two chapels, right and left, dedicated to Saint Georgios and Saint Catherina. There are still some parts from the hagiography of the temple.

    Hundreds of believers gather to celebrate and honor the Transfiguration on August 6th.

    Andromonastiro
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    Gialova Lagoon

    by greekcypriot Updated Dec 1, 2014

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    Gialova lagoon, Greece's southernmost major wetland, is a key stopover site in the flyway of migratory birds.

    You may observe more than 270 of birds species, many rare during a leisurely hike to Gialova lagoon.

    A key stopover site in the flyway of migratory birds, the Gialova lagoon, has been declared an Important Bird Area, providing shelter to 271 of the 442 recorded bird species in Greece and supporting a mosaic of habitats.

    It is the only refuge in Europe of the African chameleon, a unique species of reptile that changes skin color depending on its mood.

    Gialova lagoon Salicornia Migratory birds Gialova lagoon
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    A Refreshing Shower under the Waterfalls

    by greekcypriot Updated Dec 1, 2014

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    One of Messinia's best-kept secrets....Polylimnio.
    Natural swimming pools and waterfalls make Polylimnio an ideal site for hiking, a bracing dip and rappelling.

    Start your trek from Haravgi, a village located halfway between Kalamata and Pylos. A 15-minute walk through dense forest will bring you to the first pool.

    The higher you climb up the gorge, the greater the rewards in stunning natural landscapes created by a complex of waterfalls and oddly named lakes, such as The Italian’s and Black Lake.

    Stunning 25 meters high, Kadis is the most impressive of the falls.

    Polylimnio
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    Voidokilia Beach

    by greekcypriot Written Sep 14, 2014

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    Hidden behind sand dunes as if protecting its secret of magic beauty.

    It has been recognized officially as a landscape of exceptional natural beauty by the Greek government, and is one of the most captivating spots in Greece. According to “The Times” Voidokilia is one of the best beaches in the world.

    The beach is of outstanding beauty and lies beneath the Old Frankish castle (Paliokastro) and the cave of King Nestor, the ancient King of Pylos. According to legend, he used this cave as a haven for his cattle.

    Taking the path up from Voidokilia to the Old Navarino visitors can enjoy the wonderful panorama that unfolds in front of them: the Divari lagoon of Gialova, Navarino Bay and the Peloponnesian hills are covered with olive trees.

    The water visibility is exceptional. It's like clear bathwater. It’s warm and beautiful and shallow enough to stand or lay in for 100 yards before it starts to get a little deeper. You won’t find currents and very little in the way of waves. The reason is that it is a protected tiny inlet bay.

    The area is considered of archaeological interest, so it has remained intact by civilization. This coastline and the wetlands of Divari lagoon of Gialova (or Osman Aga lagoon) has been designated as a European Ecological Natura 2000 Site.

    TIP:
    There are no amenities so bring your own umbrellas and if you plan to walk further down the beach it's best to hug the shoreline where the water meets the sand. This makes walking easier.

    Panoramic view Voidokilia beach Voidokilia beach Paleokastro castle Voidokilia
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    GOLDEN COAST (EYE) - Close to Gargaliani.

    by greekcypriot Updated Sep 11, 2014

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    Characterized by the bright golden color of the sand and its vastness. It gets crowded during summer and there is a canteen and a beach bar by the coast.

    Of course you could easily avoid the crowds and pick your own quiet spot….the place is huge.
    (9km from Marathopolis)

    Golden Coast (EYE) - Mati
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