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Messinia

Tucked away in the southwestern tip of Peloponnese, Messinia is one of the most beautiful regions in Greece. Tranquil nature, gentle autumns and mild winters, lush landscape, fertile soil, extensive beaches, many springs and abundant water, verdant mountains, Venetian castles and traditional villages compose the unique charm of this prefecture.

Location

Tucked away in the southwestern tip of Peloponnese, Messinia is one of the most beautiful regions in Greece. Tranquil nature, gentle autumns and mild winters, lush landscape, fertile soil, extensive beaches, many springs and abundant water, verdant mountains, Venetian castles and traditional villages compose the unique charm of this prefecture.

Transportation

Messinia can be reached by boat, bus or train from Athens. The airport of Kalamata, its marinas and the road arteries that end here facilitate all means of transportation that lead to this magical corner.

History and Culture

Messinia attracted human populations early in the history of mankind and has been inhabited since prehistoric times. The Mycenaean civilization flourished in the region, as evidenced by the abundance of findings across the prefecture. In the middle ages, Messinia shared the fortunes of the rest of the Peloponnese. During the Byzantine times it suffered many barbarian raids, from Goths and Slavs, while it came under Frankish occupation in 1204 and fell under the Ottoman yoke in 1460. After a long independence struggle, Messinia was finally liberated in 1828 and became part of the modern Greek State.

Sightseeing and Monuments

As expected, Messinia is rich in archaeological sites and monuments of its rich historical past. In the beautiful seaside capital of Kalamata, the Frankish castle predominates, built on the remnants of the ancient acropolis. Kalamata is a contemporary city with parks, wide streets and broad educational and artistic activities. There are numerous Byzantine churches scattered all over Messinia, all of them holding incalculable wealth in religious art within them. A walk through the towers of Old Kardamyli is fascinating, while the tomb of Dioscuri are interesting Byzantine churches. Amphitheatrically built in a typical Mediterranean environment at the foot of Mt. Ithomi, Ancient Messini is one of the best preserved ancient cities, never having been destroyed or covered by later-day settlements. The wild beauty of Mani, its fortified villages spread across the moon-like landscape, waits to be discovered at the end of a route crossing age-old areas considered the cradle of European civilization.

Cultural Events

A wide range of cultural events (festivities, carnivals, flower fests), art events (international dance festival, plethora of theatrical performances carried out by many groups, international documentary film festival) and athletic events complete the beauty of Messinia.

Hotels & Conference Facilities

Boasting an excellent tourist infrastructure, the prefecture is ideal for conferences. Vast investments in the tourism sector have given luxurious resorts, complete with quality accommodation and conferences centers, spa and wellness therapy centers and golf facilities.