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The historic Messolonghi

Messolonghi is the capital of the prefecture of Aetoloakarnania and has approximately 13,000 inhabitants. It is built between the lagoon of Messolonghi and the one of Kleisova at the estuary of Evinos and Acheloos river.

According to the dominating opinion the name of the town is a combination of Italian words mezzo and langhi (Mezzolanghi) or messo langhi (Messolanghi) meaning "town between two lakes”. The first written reference of Messolonghi dates back to the 16th century. From 1804 to 1820, this historical town was under the command of Ali Pasha of Ioannina. The most remarkable event was the heroic Sortie (April 10th 1826) of its inhabitants after a siege by the Turks lasting several months. The Sortie of Messolonghi has marked the Modern Greek history. It remained under Turkish control until 1829. Afterwards, began its reconstruction process. In 1937 Messolonghi was named “Sacred Town”.

It is a town of glorious cultural and historical past, as it was the birthplace of authors Kostis Palamas, Miltiadis Malakasis and Antonis Travlantonis as well as important politicians such as Prime Ministers Spyridon and Charilaos Trikoupis, Dimitrios and Zinovios Valvis and Epameinondas Deligiorgis. Nowadays, Messolonghi is a major fish-production center. There are interesting examples of traditional architecture in Messolonghi. It is located 250 km NW of Athens and 510 km SW of Thessaloniki (via Amfissa-Nafpaktos).

Source: GNTO

Accommodation
For your stay in Aetoloakarnania, Agrinio town, Messolonghi and the rest areas of the prefecture, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In AgrinioMessolonghi as well as in many other areas of Aetoloakarnania County, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.


Access
By car:
You can access Aetoloakarnania by car using the road network.
The best way to explore and wander around in Aetoloakarnania, known for its many natural beauties and major attractions, is to have your own transport. It is worth visiting places that the local transport and tours do not reach.

Indicative distances and routes from Messolonghi:
Agrinio: 37 km Route Map. The road route from Messolonghi to Agrinio. The distance in kilometers and time that you will need to get there
Athens: 244 km Route Map. The road route from Messolonghi to Athens. The distance in kilometers and time that you will need to get there
Thessaloniki: 424 km Route Map. The road route from Messolonghi to Thessaloniki. The distance in kilometers and time that you will need to get there
Patra: 49 km Route Map. The road route from Messolonghi to Patra. The distance in kilometers and time that you will need to get there
Ioannina: 181 km Route Map. The road route from Messolonghi to Ioannina. The distance in kilometers and time that you will need to get there
Preveza: 123 km Route Map. The road route from Messolonghi to Preveza. The distance in kilometers and time that you will need to get there

By bus:
Regular Aetoloakarnania Intercity bus Access Map. How to get to Aetoloakarnania Bus in Agrinio routes connect the main and major cities of the prefecture to Athens and capitals of other prefectures.
There is also regular connection of areas, villages and regions of the county.

The region of Agrinio has a good road network which makes transportation easy through all villages and settlements.
In the city of Agrinio you may also use the urban bus. tel (+30) 26410.57.851.

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For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.


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