Tourist Guide of Messinia
Messinia was characterized by Euripides as 'Kalikarpos' because of the beauty and rich land. You can find everything here: a good climate, mild winter, clement autumn, a lively spring, a cool summer, mountains, plains, sea, sights, sports, events, easy access and good tourist infrastructure.
This is why Messinia attracts visitors all year round from all parts of the country, and many foreign tourists who want to visit Greece and spend a quiet yet interesting holiday. Messinia accomplish to cover the needs of tourists of any age and caters for any type of tourism: mountain, coastal, conventional type of holidays of specialized forms.
Rich lands, sandy beaches, seaside villages, archeological and historical monuments are some of the reasons that Greek and foreign tourists visit Messinia.
Kalamata is the capital of Messinia. It's a well layed out modern city with remarkable economic, spiritual and artistic activity.
the Castle and the old town, the metropolitan church of Ipapandi, the Byzantine temple of saint Apostle, the monastery, the public library, the Modern Greek Art gallery, and the beautiful renovated neoclassical houses. You will also enjoy the way to Sparta through mount Taigetos.
In the summer you can enjoy the extended local beaches and crystal clear waters. You can also visit various exhibitions. If you decide to visit Kalamata on Easter "Saitopolemos", a custom which started during Turkish domination will amaze you.
In a small distance there are some seaside villages worth visit like Avia, Acrogiali and Kitries with great waters for a swim but if you want to see more you must visit the village of Saint Andreas with the remains of Apollo's sanctuary.
Another small village with beautiful harbor-sanctuary for small boats-is Trachila and not far from there Catafigi is a remarkable cave with long stalactites.
Alagonia and Artemisia, mountainous villages full of pines, sycamores and running waters, will move you.
Verga is a village consists of three small villages: Paralia, Ano Verga and Kato Verga
You can swim: on the sandy beach of Paralia and Avia.
Gargaliani is an agrarian village in which people grow olive trees and grapes with view to the lowland, the sea and the island Proti. There are lots of beaches that you can swim such as Marathopoli, Vromoneri, Agia Sotira, Mati, Chrysi Ammos, Lagouvardos and Agia Kyriaki.
Representative offshore village of Mani is Kardamyli in which you can admire the Acropolis and the fort complex of Mourtzini with the graves of Dioscuri.
In Kardamyli you can also visit:
the beautiful canyon of Vyros river, Meropis Island, Proastio and Kampos villages, Foneas region and Stavropygio village with the traditional stone made houses.
At the seafront, Koroni is a traditional amphitheatric village in which houses are painted with three different colors: white, yellow and blue.
It's worth to visit
the fort, St. Johns women monastery, and Venetico island with beautiful beaches apposite of foreland Akritas.
Kyparissia is an offshore town built on foot of mount Psichro.
Visit: the ancient town with the remains of the ancient port, the booth of Hunters club and Aetos village with lots of running waters, trees and flowers.
From Mavromatis village visitors can go to mount Ithomi in which still remains the old surrounding walls which made to protect the mountain. Going through Meligalas valley you can see prehistoric Dorio.
Methoni is a beautiful offshore town with a castle. On the south don't forget to visit: Bourtzi and Oinouses a complex of small islands Sapieza, Agia Mariani and Shiza. Sapieza is an important biotope great for excursion. Shiza Island has a beautiful cave..
In the middle of Messinia valley is Meligalas village a commercial and agrarian center. You must visit: the bridge of Mavrozoumenas.
Locals call it 'The Island" but it's a central agrarian town of Messini. Nearest beaches are Agios Nikolaos, Bouka, Analipsi, Agios Avgoustinos and Velikas.
One of the most important touristic centers of Messinia is Petalidi Village in which you can enjoy your vacations and swim on beautiful beaches around settlement and in Kalamaki.
Pylos (Navarino) is a beautiful seaside small town in which you can see the monument of Agion Pesonton in Helonaki dedicated to the homonymous sea fight. Other things that worth to visit: are the Old Castle, Nestoras Cave, Niocastro, Gialovas lagoon and the area of Voidokilia.
Stoupa another seaside small town with sandy beaches and small villages like Lefktro and Kastania has the old mine of Pestova.
Filiatra a city with big houses with gardens and back yards guests a model of the Eiffel tower made by H. Fournarakis.
Finikounda use to be a small fish town but through the years evolve to a major tourist resort not only for the great waters but also for the two small islands across Shiza and Agia Mariani. Finikounta still holds to the old style of houses with tiles build amphitheatric of the homonymous lowland facing Nestoras Mycenaean palace.
When you visit Messinia don't forget to bye: local products like olive oil, wine, figs, pastel, raisins, ouzo, raki, mastic, lalagia, sausages stuffed with orange and silk napery from Kalogreon Monastery.
For your stay in Kalamata, Pylos and several areas of Messinia, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In Kalamata, as well as in many other areas of Messinia Prefecture, 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 to Messinia is easy by car through the existing road network.
The best way to explore, wander around Argolida and discover its nature and archaeological sights is to have your own vehicle.
It is worth visiting places where local tranportation and organized tours do not reach.
There are frequent intercity bus routes to most areas of the prefecture as well as to and from Athens.
There is railway connection to several areas of Messinia (Diavolitsi, Zevgolatio, Kalamata) and neighbouring prefectures and regions (Asea, Tripolis, Mili, Argos, Nemea, Zacharo, Pyrgos, Patras, Aigio, Corinth) as well as to Athens.
Messinia is linked to Athens.
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.