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Messinia

The area of Messinia, inhabited from ancient times until today, has numerous sites which convey the atmosphere of different periods – ancient, eloquently carved beehive tombs, settlement relics, ceramics, ancient palaces, cities and Byzantine castles. The beauty of Messinia has two ‘faces’ - on the one hand, there is, Taygetos mountain, stone walls, fig and prickly pear trees, olive trees, stone houses and vineyards, and on the other hand, there is the deep blue sea, sandy bays, fishing boats, and fishermen with their nets.Messinia is situated in the southwestern part of the Peloponnese, and in the southern part of Continental Greece. Messinia needs no introduction: Renowned throughout the world for its rich history and unsurpassed natural beauties, it spellbinds its visitors.

The capital of the Prefecture of Messinia is the lovely city of Kalamata. Built in the center of the Messinian Gulf’s coastal line, it accesses one of the most captivating beaches of Greece and is graced by 19th-century, architectural masterpieces. Messinian Mani is yet another area of the prefecture whose imposing tower houses draw the attention of visitors from around the world. Built at the foothills of Mount Taygetos (one of Greece’s tallest mountains), Messinian Mani has made a name for itself through its breathtaking and one-of-a-kind beauty, its abundant natural resources, and, last but not least, its superb local cuisine. The flavors of Messinia are part of Greece’s nutritional heritage. It couldn’t be otherwise: Messinia is a blessed land where tradition, in all its manifestations, comes first.