The rich history of Messinia dating back centuries is intertwined with the cultural influences of Venetians, Byzantines, and Ottomans. Some of the most impressive archeological sites are telling the stories of its old inhabitants, legends, and heroes. One of them is Ancient Messinia, which proudly explains the establishment of this region back in 371 BC and the Messinian Kingdom. Messinia had a special place in the Greek Revolution of 1821, as it was the region where some of the most important battles were held, led by the great heroes and fighters.
Messinian nature inspires. Gorgeous beaches, steep mountains, green olive fields. Impressive natural formations and a breathtaking view. The beauty of the George of Neda, the only “female” river in Greece that flows into the Ionian Sea. Fresh air near the magnificent Polilimnio waterfalls. A so much-needed shadow during the hot summer days in Vassiliki forest. Flamingos and turtles in Gialova lagoon, one of the most important wetlands in Europe. White sand and deep blue water of crescent- shaped Voidokilia beach, one of the most beautiful in Greece.
Deep wrinkles, dark skin, big smile. Hands whose wrinkled dry skin speaks more than words. Hours under the sun in the field or on the boat. Fishing, agricultural work, wine making, stumbling upon ingredients in the wild. An impressive history in cultivating the land and producing some of the finest fresh and tasty hand-made products, known in every part of the world.
Messinia is the place of flavors, textures, and aromas. The gastronomy of Messinia is known for centuries. Olive oil with the wisdom and the flavor of Peloponnese, rated at the highest quality is an integral part of every meal. Honey and figs-unique ingredients full of aromatic flavors. Balsamic vinegar made from sun-dried grapes based on a traditional Greek recipe, used as a “cherry on top” for the fresh, homemade salad or roasted meat. Greek spirits made in-house from various herbs and seasonal fruits.
Fruity and flavored wine that awakes memories from the past, ideal for accompanying any type of meal. Greek spirits made in-house from various herbs and seasonal fruits. Fruity and flavored wine that awakes memories from the past, ideal for accompanying any type of meal.
Active tourism or a lazy day on the sunbed under the umbrella shade? Messinia is the right place for both. A day on the beach (or why not in the river), diving, swimming or enjoying water sports. Visiting cultural events, several must-see museums, and archeological sites, exploring mountain paths or wine tasting. Making break for a refreshment at the lazy coffee shops by the sea or a tasty lunch with fresh ingredients, brought from the local farmer to the restaurant table.
Finishing a beautiful day spent around Messinia under the beautiful sky full of stars, enjoying an air breath, an extraordinary meal, and a glass of wine.
Because everything in Messinia is there for a reason.