Attractions In Messinia

Explore The Attractions Of Messinia
Ancient Messene
Peloponnese / Messinia

The best-known and most extensive archaeological site in Messinia is the eponymous Messene. Founded by the Theban general in 369 BC, the ancient city of Messene offers a venerable archaeological treasure for visitors.

Ancient Thouria
Peloponnese / Messinia

Archaeological Museum in Chora Trifilias
Peloponnese / Messinia

The Museum of Hora, is full of great finds, almost all found in archaeological sites in the area. In particular, near Nestor’s Palace, displayed with special care.

Archaeological Museum in Mavromati
Peloponnese / Messinia

Was built between 1968 to 1972. It includes findings of the excavations conducted by the Archaeological Society in ancient Messene(Mavromati).There are exhibited architectural fragments,inscribed limestone slabs and so on.

Archaeological Museum, Pylos
Peloponnese / Messinia

It’s exhibits belong to the Mycenaean age, the Archaic, the Hellenistic but also the Roman times. Impressive are the Burial pithos from Koukoynara and the investment warrior helmets from boar’s teeth, which is a common feature of the soldier-warrior of the Achaeans.

Benakeion Archaeological Museum of Kalamata
Peloponnese / Messinia

Housed in a mid 19th century edifice on the corner of Papazoglou and Benaki streets, the museum features a solid collection of photographs, maps, models and more that help the visitor grasp different aspects of ancient history and culture in the area.

Castle / Fortress of Koroni
Peloponnese / Messinia

In the south of the town of Koroni lies the castle of Koroni, which was original a simple structure. It evolved into a Byzantine fort that was consequently invaded by the Franks during the 4th crusade, around 1205. While not much of the castle remains today, there are a couple of significant churches and monuments around from different eras. Tombs, Turkish baths and Venetian reservoirs and magnificent storage domes are still preserved.

Castle of Kalamata
Peloponnese / Messinia

The castle of Kalamata is supposed to be on the site where the palace of Ortilochos of Pharai and subsequently of Diocles was, between 1580 and 1120 BC. The current medieval castle was built much later by the Knight and historian Geoffrey of Villehardouin in 1205 AD. The Byzantines and the Ottomans added to the structure. The lion of Saint Mark graces the entrance of the structure, reputed to be from the Eneti (also Heneti or Veneti) peoples who lived there millennia ago. Fragments from the Mycenaean and Roman eras have been found on the site, in addition to Hellenistic and Roman tombs. A small Byzantine temple remains close by, supposedly dedicated to the Virgin Mary of Kalomata (which may be the origin of the name of the city Kalamata).

Castle of Kyparissia
Peloponnese / Messinia

Nobody is sure when the castle was built, but there are elements of Mycenaean architecture in its walls. Four turrets and restorations took place during Byzantine years, although only one turret remains today. An one time the castle had an acropolis overlooking the sea.

Castle of Methoni
Peloponnese / Messinia

On the southernmost tip of the western side of the Peloponnese lies the impressive castle of Methoni, with evidence of fortifications dating back to the 7th century BC. It served as a Byzantine fort until 1204 AD, passing five years on to the Eneti who established a commercial port and fortified the castle along the lines of Venetian architecture. On a small island to the south of the castle lies the Bourtzi, an octagonal tower-like fort with symmetrical walls.

Historical & Folklore Museum of Kalamata
Peloponnese / Messinia

Enjoy exhibits pertaining to rural life and traditions, from weaving and farming to art and pottery. There are even examples of bookbinding and presswork, in addition to a replica of a traditional coffee shop and pre-industrial life.

Inomessiniaki Winery
Peloponnese / Messinia

Discover a wide range of bottle wines and splendid varieties and blends to choose from. Try the delicious harvests of Messinia. Visit the winery by appointment or the retail shop on 9 Psaron street in Kalamata.

Messene Archaeological Museum
Peloponnese / Messinia

This museum is representative of the thousands of relics and finds associated with Messene. The reliefs and sculptures on display in this seemingly modest museum come from excavations at Oiknomou, Orlandos and Sophoulis. All the finds reveal much about the ancient history and customs of the peoples who have occupied this diverse and historically rich area. Worthy objects include an almost intact statue of Hermes and the headless statue of Tiberius Claudius Niceratus, as well as terracotta figurines, votive plaques, pottery, lamps and more. Add to this sculptures by the Messenian sculptor Damophon and the headless statues of Machaon and Podaleirios, as well as the larger-than-life head of the Herakles Thebaios, statues of priestesses and animal sculptures. This is a rich museum overall as far as small ones go, with a lot to show for.

Monastery of Voulkano
Peloponnese / Messinia

Also known as Vourkano, this monastery is located on one of the holiest areas of ancient times. It is placed on a mountain on the ancient site of Ithomi, standing out and looking all over the plains. Monks abandoned it because of its difficult access and exposure to too much sun, cold and wind during the seasons. The nave is of noteworthy design by the Moschos brothers in 1608. Nearby are ruins of the ancient temple of Zeus were animal and maybe even human sacrifices took place.

Monastery of Zoodohou Pigis Velanidias
Peloponnese / Messinia

Only 7 kilometres away from Kalamata, this monastery is over 300 years old, founded in 1697. There used to be a tower which was destroyed over 100 years ago. This monastery played an important role during the war of independence and Ibrahim Pasha destroyed it in 1825. This happened again during the German occupation. Reconstruction began in 1992.

Neda river
Peloponnese / Messinia

Named after the goddess of water, the Neda river is about 32 kilometres long and boasts marvellous sites and monuments across its course. Caves below the water, ancient ruins, old stone bridges and idyllic waterfalls will meet the hiker and visitors. Take your swimming suit and running shoes with you.

Niokastro at Pylos
Peloponnese / Messinia

In reality, there are two castles on Navarino Bay near Pylos, the older being Paliokastro (literally old castle) built by the Franks and the more recent being Niokastro (literally new castle) built by the Ottomans. The impressive hexagonal Niokastro, more like a fort than a castle, functions as a centre of submarine archaeological research and a museum. At certain points the castle functioned as a mosque and then a church.

Palace of Nestoras
Peloponnese / Messinia

Located in the Eglianos region some four kilometres south of Chora, the palace of Nestoras dates as far back as the 13th century BC with five principle buildings, compared in grandeur to Tiryns and Mycenae. Two of the central rooms have inscriptions in an old pre-alphabet linear script (Grammiki B). Evidence shows that the palace was burnt down around 1200 BC, at the same time as Tiryns and Mycenae, for reasons unknown. Of interest are the surrounding areas as well, and the domed royal tomb.

Polylimnio
Peloponnese / Messinia

Polylimnio – which means many lakes – represents about 15 lakes that were relatively recently discovered among lush vegetation, small canyons and picturesque waterfalls. The area lies in the municipality of Voufrada near the village of Charavgi. This is a small paradise that you can hike through, but it is of medium difficulty so don’t pack too many things.

Railway Museum of the Municipality of Kalamata
Peloponnese / Messinia

Integrated into its natural environment near the current railways, the Railway Museum includes a traditional railway station, pedestrian metal bridge, platforms, a water tower and more. You will marvel at all the old railway paraphernalia including fountains for steam engines, switch levers, stoppers, lanterns, etc. Steam engines and a diesel engine are on display, as well as first-class and second-class passenger wagons from different eras.

Ridomo gorge
Peloponnese / Messinia

Another impressive gorge is Ridomo, which is great for hiking and nature walks.

Temple of Epicurius Apollo
Peloponnese / Messinia

Built on mount Kotilio at 1130 meters, the temple of Epicurius Apollo lies around 14 kilometres south of Andritsaina and was built between 420 to 400 BC where another temple from archaic times once stood.

Viros gorge
Peloponnese / Messinia

Right in the middle of the Messinian part of Mani, the Viros gorge was considered the ancient thoroughfare leading to Lakonia. From Saint Panteleimonas at 1,400 meters on Mount Taygetos and going through the woods at Vasiliki, the Viros gorge finds its way to the sea surrounded by spectacular nature.

Ancient Messene
Peloponnese / Messinia

The best-known and most extensive archaeological site in Messinia is the eponymous Messene. Founded by the Theban general in 369 BC, the ancient city of Messene offers a venerable archaeological treasure for visitors.

Ancient Thouria
Peloponnese / Messinia

Niokastro at Pylos
Peloponnese / Messinia

In reality, there are two castles on Navarino Bay near Pylos, the older being Paliokastro (literally old castle) built by the Franks and the more recent being Niokastro (literally new castle) built by the Ottomans. The impressive hexagonal Niokastro, more like a fort than a castle, functions as a centre of submarine archaeological research and a museum. At certain points the castle functioned as a mosque and then a church.

Palace of Nestoras
Peloponnese / Messinia

Located in the Eglianos region some four kilometres south of Chora, the palace of Nestoras dates as far back as the 13th century BC with five principle buildings, compared in grandeur to Tiryns and Mycenae. Two of the central rooms have inscriptions in an old pre-alphabet linear script (Grammiki B). Evidence shows that the palace was burnt down around 1200 BC, at the same time as Tiryns and Mycenae, for reasons unknown. Of interest are the surrounding areas as well, and the domed royal tomb.

Temple of Epicurius Apollo
Peloponnese / Messinia

Built on mount Kotilio at 1130 meters, the temple of Epicurius Apollo lies around 14 kilometres south of Andritsaina and was built between 420 to 400 BC where another temple from archaic times once stood.

Castle / Fortress of Koroni
Peloponnese / Messinia

In the south of the town of Koroni lies the castle of Koroni, which was original a simple structure. It evolved into a Byzantine fort that was consequently invaded by the Franks during the 4th crusade, around 1205. While not much of the castle remains today, there are a couple of significant churches and monuments around from different eras. Tombs, Turkish baths and Venetian reservoirs and magnificent storage domes are still preserved.

Castle of Kalamata
Peloponnese / Messinia

The castle of Kalamata is supposed to be on the site where the palace of Ortilochos of Pharai and subsequently of Diocles was, between 1580 and 1120 BC. The current medieval castle was built much later by the Knight and historian Geoffrey of Villehardouin in 1205 AD. The Byzantines and the Ottomans added to the structure. The lion of Saint Mark graces the entrance of the structure, reputed to be from the Eneti (also Heneti or Veneti) peoples who lived there millennia ago. Fragments from the Mycenaean and Roman eras have been found on the site, in addition to Hellenistic and Roman tombs. A small Byzantine temple remains close by, supposedly dedicated to the Virgin Mary of Kalomata (which may be the origin of the name of the city Kalamata).

Castle of Kyparissia
Peloponnese / Messinia

Nobody is sure when the castle was built, but there are elements of Mycenaean architecture in its walls. Four turrets and restorations took place during Byzantine years, although only one turret remains today. An one time the castle had an acropolis overlooking the sea.

Castle of Methoni
Peloponnese / Messinia

On the southernmost tip of the western side of the Peloponnese lies the impressive castle of Methoni, with evidence of fortifications dating back to the 7th century BC. It served as a Byzantine fort until 1204 AD, passing five years on to the Eneti who established a commercial port and fortified the castle along the lines of Venetian architecture. On a small island to the south of the castle lies the Bourtzi, an octagonal tower-like fort with symmetrical walls.

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Monastery of Voulkano
Peloponnese / Messinia

Also known as Vourkano, this monastery is located on one of the holiest areas of ancient times. It is placed on a mountain on the ancient site of Ithomi, standing out and looking all over the plains. Monks abandoned it because of its difficult access and exposure to too much sun, cold and wind during the seasons. The nave is of noteworthy design by the Moschos brothers in 1608. Nearby are ruins of the ancient temple of Zeus were animal and maybe even human sacrifices took place.

Monastery of Zoodohou Pigis Velanidias
Peloponnese / Messinia

Only 7 kilometres away from Kalamata, this monastery is over 300 years old, founded in 1697. There used to be a tower which was destroyed over 100 years ago. This monastery played an important role during the war of independence and Ibrahim Pasha destroyed it in 1825. This happened again during the German occupation. Reconstruction began in 1992.

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Archaeological Museum in Chora Trifilias
Peloponnese / Messinia

The Museum of Hora, is full of great finds, almost all found in archaeological sites in the area. In particular, near Nestor’s Palace, displayed with special care.

Archaeological Museum in Mavromati
Peloponnese / Messinia

Was built between 1968 to 1972. It includes findings of the excavations conducted by the Archaeological Society in ancient Messene(Mavromati).There are exhibited architectural fragments,inscribed limestone slabs and so on.

Archaeological Museum, Pylos
Peloponnese / Messinia

It’s exhibits belong to the Mycenaean age, the Archaic, the Hellenistic but also the Roman times. Impressive are the Burial pithos from Koukoynara and the investment warrior helmets from boar’s teeth, which is a common feature of the soldier-warrior of the Achaeans.

Benakeion Archaeological Museum of Kalamata
Peloponnese / Messinia

Housed in a mid 19th century edifice on the corner of Papazoglou and Benaki streets, the museum features a solid collection of photographs, maps, models and more that help the visitor grasp different aspects of ancient history and culture in the area.

Historical & Folklore Museum of Kalamata
Peloponnese / Messinia

Enjoy exhibits pertaining to rural life and traditions, from weaving and farming to art and pottery. There are even examples of bookbinding and presswork, in addition to a replica of a traditional coffee shop and pre-industrial life.

Messene Archaeological Museum
Peloponnese / Messinia

This museum is representative of the thousands of relics and finds associated with Messene. The reliefs and sculptures on display in this seemingly modest museum come from excavations at Oiknomou, Orlandos and Sophoulis. All the finds reveal much about the ancient history and customs of the peoples who have occupied this diverse and historically rich area. Worthy objects include an almost intact statue of Hermes and the headless statue of Tiberius Claudius Niceratus, as well as terracotta figurines, votive plaques, pottery, lamps and more. Add to this sculptures by the Messenian sculptor Damophon and the headless statues of Machaon and Podaleirios, as well as the larger-than-life head of the Herakles Thebaios, statues of priestesses and animal sculptures. This is a rich museum overall as far as small ones go, with a lot to show for.

Railway Museum of the Municipality of Kalamata
Peloponnese / Messinia

Integrated into its natural environment near the current railways, the Railway Museum includes a traditional railway station, pedestrian metal bridge, platforms, a water tower and more. You will marvel at all the old railway paraphernalia including fountains for steam engines, switch levers, stoppers, lanterns, etc. Steam engines and a diesel engine are on display, as well as first-class and second-class passenger wagons from different eras.

Neda river
Peloponnese / Messinia

Named after the goddess of water, the Neda river is about 32 kilometres long and boasts marvellous sites and monuments across its course. Caves below the water, ancient ruins, old stone bridges and idyllic waterfalls will meet the hiker and visitors. Take your swimming suit and running shoes with you.

Polylimnio
Peloponnese / Messinia

Polylimnio – which means many lakes – represents about 15 lakes that were relatively recently discovered among lush vegetation, small canyons and picturesque waterfalls. The area lies in the municipality of Voufrada near the village of Charavgi. This is a small paradise that you can hike through, but it is of medium difficulty so don’t pack too many things.

Ridomo gorge
Peloponnese / Messinia

Another impressive gorge is Ridomo, which is great for hiking and nature walks.

Viros gorge
Peloponnese / Messinia

Right in the middle of the Messinian part of Mani, the Viros gorge was considered the ancient thoroughfare leading to Lakonia. From Saint Panteleimonas at 1,400 meters on Mount Taygetos and going through the woods at Vasiliki, the Viros gorge finds its way to the sea surrounded by spectacular nature.

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Ancient Messene
Peloponnese / Messinia

The best-known and most extensive archaeological site in Messinia is the eponymous Messene. Founded by the Theban general in 369 BC, the ancient city of Messene offers a venerable archaeological treasure for visitors.

Archaeological Museum, Pylos
Peloponnese / Messinia

It’s exhibits belong to the Mycenaean age, the Archaic, the Hellenistic but also the Roman times. Impressive are the Burial pithos from Koukoynara and the investment warrior helmets from boar’s teeth, which is a common feature of the soldier-warrior of the Achaeans.

Castle / Fortress of Koroni
Peloponnese / Messinia

In the south of the town of Koroni lies the castle of Koroni, which was original a simple structure. It evolved into a Byzantine fort that was consequently invaded by the Franks during the 4th crusade, around 1205. While not much of the castle remains today, there are a couple of significant churches and monuments around from different eras. Tombs, Turkish baths and Venetian reservoirs and magnificent storage domes are still preserved.

Monastery of Zoodohou Pigis Velanidias
Peloponnese / Messinia

Only 7 kilometres away from Kalamata, this monastery is over 300 years old, founded in 1697. There used to be a tower which was destroyed over 100 years ago. This monastery played an important role during the war of independence and Ibrahim Pasha destroyed it in 1825. This happened again during the German occupation. Reconstruction began in 1992.

Niokastro at Pylos
Peloponnese / Messinia

In reality, there are two castles on Navarino Bay near Pylos, the older being Paliokastro (literally old castle) built by the Franks and the more recent being Niokastro (literally new castle) built by the Ottomans. The impressive hexagonal Niokastro, more like a fort than a castle, functions as a centre of submarine archaeological research and a museum. At certain points the castle functioned as a mosque and then a church.

Polylimnio
Peloponnese / Messinia

Polylimnio – which means many lakes – represents about 15 lakes that were relatively recently discovered among lush vegetation, small canyons and picturesque waterfalls. The area lies in the municipality of Voufrada near the village of Charavgi. This is a small paradise that you can hike through, but it is of medium difficulty so don’t pack too many things.

Railway Museum of the Municipality of Kalamata
Peloponnese / Messinia

Integrated into its natural environment near the current railways, the Railway Museum includes a traditional railway station, pedestrian metal bridge, platforms, a water tower and more. You will marvel at all the old railway paraphernalia including fountains for steam engines, switch levers, stoppers, lanterns, etc. Steam engines and a diesel engine are on display, as well as first-class and second-class passenger wagons from different eras.

Temple of Epicurius Apollo
Peloponnese / Messinia

Built on mount Kotilio at 1130 meters, the temple of Epicurius Apollo lies around 14 kilometres south of Andritsaina and was built between 420 to 400 BC where another temple from archaic times once stood.

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Inomessiniaki Winery
Peloponnese / Messinia

Discover a wide range of bottle wines and splendid varieties and blends to choose from. Try the delicious harvests of Messinia. Visit the winery by appointment or the retail shop on 9 Psaron street in Kalamata.