Prefecture of Messinia Off The Beaten Path

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Prefecture of Messinia Off The Beaten Path

  • The Tower of Agios Dimitrios

    Stoupa Off The Beaten Path

    The small pretty village of Agios Dimitrios and its little Harbour . The harbour was the anchorage of Kapetanios Christea of Stoupa, and it is this tower that protected it from the pirate raids,next to the harbour is small pebble beach and Taverna.

  • A Boat trip to the Islet of Proti

    The islet of Proti is opposite Marathopoli or Marathos as locals call it. It got its name from the ancient Greek sea god Proteus, the son of Poseidon.In ancient times Proti used to offer shelter to seamen and pirates. There are still engravings dating back to the Byzantine era, boding farewell to seamen.There also used to be a temple of Efplia...

  • Trachila

    When you tire of Agios Nikoloas, continue along the coast road and you end up at trachila. It's a wonderful place, it's tiny harbour set amongst the rocky shore and swimming is from rock platforms. No beach here, just fantastic, old fashioned Greek hospitality (or it was in the 1990's) at the local tavernas. We always patronised the establishment...

  • Castle of the Fairytales

    Or it's proper name: Kastro ton Paramythion. This is an amazing sight, quite hard to believe your own eyes!! It was built by Harry Fournier in the 1960's, a one time poor Greek boy who left for America and became a famous surgeon. Once he had made his fortune, he returned to his homeland and built the castle for his family to live in. He based it...

  • Arcadian Gate

    Follow the road from Mavromati, passed the museum and the entrance to Ancient Messini and you will come to the Arcadian Gate and some of the best preserved parts of the 9 kilometre Messenean wall. This was built to protect the city and the ancient route to Megalopolis. What amazed us is that today's modern route to Meligalas and Zerbsia runs...

  • Ancient Messini

    We felt we owed Ancient Messene a re-visit, as excavations are still ongoing.Our original plan was to set off reasonably early in the day, before it became too hot but in the end, we made this trip one cool, wet afternoon. It's about an hour and forty minutes drive from Gialova which we did in torrential rain. Roads were flooded and visibility poor...

  • Polimnio Waterfalls

    A refreshing change from Messinia's glorious beaches is the walk along the Polimnio waterfalls. This is an oasis of green trees set amongst the milky green mineral pools in the river. The largest fall is at the top.The walk takes about half an hour and takes you across some uneven ground, so make sure you wear sensible shoes. It's not a difficult...

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