Prefecture of Messinia Things to Do

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Prefecture of Messinia Things to Do

  • Experience the Olive Harvest in Greece

    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...

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  • Under Water: Snorkeling - Scuba diving!

    Discover the Underwater beauty and secrets of MessiniaEnjoy 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...

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  • Sea Sports: Surfing, Kayaking,...

    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...

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  • Bike Trekking

    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...

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  • Hiking Tours

    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...

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  • Interesting Events of July and August

    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...

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  • Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

    The Undersea BeautyExplore 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...

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  • Romanos Beach

    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...

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  • The Octagonal Tower of Methoni castle

    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...

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  • Ancient Messene (Messini)

    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...

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  • Andromonastiro

    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...

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  • Gialova Lagoon

    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...

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  • A Refreshing Shower under the Waterfalls

    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,...

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  • Voidokilia Beach

    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...

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  • GOLDEN COAST (EYE) - Close to...

    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)

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  • VROMONERI BEACH & SPA

    It is another small settlement with just 17 inhabitants, about 7 km from the village of Gargaliani. Locals in the past gave it this name which if I translate it means ‘dirty waters’ which are not of course. It must have got its name due to the sulphurous springs that happen to be in that area. A trip to these springs is worth the detour whether you...

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  • Langouvardos Beach

    A beautiful beach worth visiting is that of Langouvardos. (Just 3 km from Marathopolis).It is a popular beach attracting many tourists and locals as well.From October to April when it gets windy, the beach is unique for board and wind surfing.Langouvardos is also a small settlement close to Filiatra with less than 10 habitants.THE ROUND AREA: Close...

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  • Gialova Lagoon

    A key stopover site in the flyway of migratory birds, the Gialova Lagoon, Greece’s southernmost major wetland has been declared an Important Bird Area (IBA), 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...

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  • Marathopoli

    Marathopoli is located in the southwestern part of Messinia.It has a strategic point because it is placed in equilateral distance from various highlight spots like Messene, Kyparissia, Filiatra, Pylos, Methoni, Koroni, Kalamata, Finikounda.MARATHOPOLI: It is a seaside picturesque village, opposite the islet ‘Proti’. The coasts close to the village...

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  • Ancient Messene

    We found this site to be truly amazing. It is huge, it has some big architecture almost intact and surprisingly! it was free!! we could not believe it as it is very well maintained.If you are visiting this site during summer make sure to bring lots of water, wear a hat and proper shoes as it is large and there is none or little shade. There is a...

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  • Pilos

    Pilos, or Pylos, is a colourful, work-a-day small harbour town, complete with it's old and new castles, found in the south western Peloponnese, in Messinia. It's a great spot for a harbourside drink, or even better, lunch, at one of the harbourside tavernas, looking out to the Isles of Sfaktiria.Pilos harbour is situated in Navarino Bay, the site...

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  • Finkounda

    Finikounda is an up and coming seaside resort in the south of Messinia. It has a lovely clean, sandy, town beach with tavernas and bars at the back of it. There is a small harbour where pleasure boats sit side by side with fishing boats.To either side of Finikounda, more wonderful beaches can be found, along with two or three campsites and some...

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  • Doing Absolutely Nothing in Beautiful...

    Koroni is right at the end of the SW Peloponnese peninsula of the county of Messinia. The roads are quiet most of the year. It is far off the tourist beaten track. Sitting about, swimming, siesta, scenic drives of glorious coastline and authentic olive groves, quiet villages, harbourfront and beachfront cafes, ice cream parlours and evening...

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  • Messini, detail of the stones

    The stones used for the city wall and the watchtowers are huge and moreover, are very tightly arranged, which explains how the whole defensive system is still in such an exceptional condition after nearly 2400 years!The city was destroyed in 395 AD by the Goths, led by Alaric. After its destruction, the site remained unspoiled until now. No further...

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  • Messini, watch towers

    The city was the capital of Messinia and thus had several sanctuaries including a temple to Artemis, a stadium, and a theater. The city wall was secured by a series of watchtowers.The first photo shows a watchtower standing along the road from Meligalas to Mavromati.The second shows another watchtower standing amidst the bushes.

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  • Messini, the Arcadian gate

    Epaminondas, the Theban general that won Sparta at the battle of Leuctra in 371 BC, founded in 369 BC ancient Messini, that he named Ithomi. It was surrounded by a 9.5 km long and 3 meters thick city wall with four massive gates with two-storey towers and battlements, which took their name from the direction of the roads that started from them. It...

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  • Messini, the city wall

    The modern city of Messini is the second largest town in Messinia, it is 11 km from Kalamata and 20 km away from ancient Messini.The city was built on the western foot of Mount Ithome but the city wall climbs on the slopes of the mountain. Though only parts of the city wall are still standing, what remains is still very impressive because of its...

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  • Gravel roads

    When you want to go out of the beaten path, whenever you see a gravel road without any road sign, try it. Often it will end as a dead end, may be in a dumping site, or an abandoned quarry (excellent for camping in the wild!) but you will from time to time find real jewels, hamlets that have remained almost untouched by modern life, with a kafeneion...

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  • Harakopion

    Harakopion is a small town, 4 kilometers inland to Koroni and 7 km from Nea Koroni. Same as Koroni, its inhabitants live on agriculture and tourism. However, mass tourism has not hit this part of Greece. You will find plenty of houses for rental but luckily, no large hotels. On Sunday, the city markets is where you will find local products such as...

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  • Koroni

    Koroni is a small harbor of 3,000, near Akra Akritas (Cape Akritas), the southern part of Messinia, the western peninsula of Peleponissos.The citizens live on tourism and agriculture. The castle overhangs the city. It was built in the 6th or 7th century AD. It was successively occupied by the Byzantines, the Venetians (1206), the Turks (1500), the...

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  • Stoupa

    I have to admit, it's many a year since we've been to Stoupa and we probably have no intention of going again. All those years ago, in the early 1990's, Stoupa was a delightful little holiday destination. Only one English holiday company touched this place, although there were a few other nationalities about.There were about ten places to eat, no...

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  • Aghios Nikolaos (or Selinitsa)

    A thoroughly nice harbour village, south of Stoupa. Many years ago, when we first visited, there were hardly any concessions to tourism, the waterside hotel and a couple of tavernas was it. Fishing boats bobbed about in the small harbour and locals went about their business.Nowadays, this pretty village has been discovered big time, mainly by those...

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  • Voidokilia Beach

    This is the beach everyone raves about. Yes, it's pretty, yes it's out of the way but it no longer remains a secret. Most people who visit this side of Messinia now know about Voidokilia's delights but due to no major tour operators staying in the area the beach still remains relatively quiet.You must park in the parking space behind the beach as...

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  • Kardamili

    Most people by-pass pretty Kardamili in favour of Stoupa, with it's sandy beach and larger selection of restaurants. For me, Kardamili is far more Greek, with it's impressive old stone buildings lining the main road that runs through the village. Climbing up the hillside behind the more modern town is Old Kardamili, a settlement from the ancient...

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  • Chrani

    We holidayed in Chrani in 2003 and 2004 and loved the place as well as the surrounding area. It's a tiny village, much of it on the main road with four or five tavernas in the centre, down towards the sea but not on the beach. The only English companies that stay here are Kosmar, Sunvil and maybe one or two other upmarket ones that have the odd...

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  • Koroni

    Medieval Koroni is one of the larger places on the eastern side of this peninsula, with an enormous population of around 1600!!! It's a pretty little place, with it's Venetian castle perched above the narrow cobbled streets and surrounded by the sea on three sides. The castle is now a nunnery and is open to the public where you can wander around...

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  • Methoni

    Another of Messinia's little gems is Methoni. A small seaside town with a long, sandy beach and yes, another castle!! This Venetian fortification is vast and is surrounded by the wild sea on three sides and seperated from the land by a dry, overgrown moat. It's well worth a look round, especially as admission is free!! It's amazing what you don't...

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  • Yialova

    A small, non-too touristy seaside village in the south western Peloponnese.The main road into the village heads to the beach where there are tavernas to the left and a couple to the right, as well as the Hotel Zoe. The tavernas are of a good standard with a good selecton of food available, even at the beginning of the season. And they are very...

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Prefecture of Messinia Hotels

  • The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino

    This is my first visit to the Westin (Starwood Hotels & Resorts) the Gem of the Messinian region. I...

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  • Pharae Palace

    Navarinou And R Ferreou Sts, Kalamata, Peloponnese, 24100, Greece

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Artina Nuovo

    Marathopoli Messinias, 24400

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

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