Messinia – Walking Tourism

  • Wildlife Refuge Divari

  • Venetiko

    Venetiko is a small desert island on the southern edge of Messenia, opposite the Cape Akritas, where you can admire the preserved ruins of some Byzantine buildings.

  • Two Brothers

    The Two Brothers are two rocky islets in the southern part of the island of Sapienza. Within six nautical miles there is also the "well of Inousses" with 5,121 m depth.

  • Tsichli-Baba

    The islet Tsichli Baba is opposite Pilos, at the southern Sfakteria, where the erected monument to the French fallen sailors in the Battle of Navarino is placed.

  • The ope of Methoni

    The ope of Methoni, the sea area between it and the island of Sapienza, is under protection thanks to the natural environment, but also for the shipwrecks under the sea.

  • The Nature Trail

    The Nature Trail at Gialova lagoon covers almsot 1.5 km, on a route through the most important wetland ecosystems.

  • Sfaktiria

    The Islet Sfaktiria extends across the entire opening of the Bay of Navarino. Due to its location, it was the place where several big battles from antiquity until the Greek revolution were held.

  • Schiza

    Schiza is the largest island of Inousses and it is located opposite Finikounta. Nowadays, it used as a firing range by the Air Force.

  • Sapienza

    The islet of Sapienza, south of Methoni, is significant both for the rare flora and for the dozens of shipwrecks that have been found on the seabed.

  • River Nedontas

  • Prophet Elias – Trinity

    The route Prophet Elias - Agios Georgios- Holy Trinity, in the foothills of western Taygetos passes through the dense forest with view in some places to the Messinian Bay.

  • Polylimnio

    Polylimnio is near the village of Charavgi and is situated 32 kilometers away from the city of Kalamata.

  • Mpiliovo

    Mpiliovo is a stone path, constructed in 1904 by local residents for the communication of the villages of Taygetos. It has a length of 3 km.

  • Lagou Hani – Kalamata

    The route Lagos Hani – Holy Monastery of Oak was 50 years ago, the main road for those who wanted to move from the villages of Taygetos to Kalamata.

  • Lagou Hani – Alagonia

    The route Lagou Hani - Alagonia in western Taygetos lasts 2 and a half hours and crosses a green landscape beside the riverbed of Nedontas.

  • Kato Selitsa – Prophet Elias

    The route K. Selitsa – P. Selitsa - Prophet Elias in western Mani crosses the lush foothills of Taygetos with magnificent views over the Messinian bay.

  • Katafygi of Megali Mantinia

    Katafygi of Megali Mantinia is located in a ravine and functioned as a place of protection from raids of thieves and pirates.

  • Karveli – Tourist Kiosk of Taygetos

    The route Karveli- Lada - Tourist Kiosk of Taygetos lasts about 5 hours on forest landscape and passes through the stone bridge that unites Karveli with Emialoi.

  • Islet Meropi

    The islet Meropi lies opposite to the port of Kardamyli. The location also includes ruins of Venetian fortress and the church of Agios Nicolaos.

  • Gorge of Viros

    Gorge of Viros in western Taygetos offers breathtaking routes in firs, pines, cedars, walnut trees and cypresses.

  • Gorge of Rintomo

    The gorge of Rintomo starts from the ridges of the Taygetos from Neraidovouna at 2031 meters and ends at the shore of Santova in the Messinian Bay.

  • Gorge of Polylimnio

    The Gorge of Polylimnio is three kilometers long and its crossing is of medium difficulty.

  • Gorge of Fonea

    The gorge of Fonea or of Noupanti starts from the monastery of Vaidenitsa in Western Mani and ends at the beach of Fonea in the Messinian Bay with length of 6750m.

  • Gialova Lagoon

    The Gialova lagoon is one of the most important wetlands in Europe, with hundreds of migratory birds stopping there in spring and in autumn.

  • Cave Vatsinidi

    Cave Vatsinidi in Western Mani is one of the greatest underwater caves in Greece. It has two main chambers with lakes and has an area of 2,400 sq.m.

  • Cave of Trachila

    The Cave of Trachila is an impressive three-storey cave in coastal Western Mani, with fantastic decoration forming stalactites and stalagmites.

  • Cave of Nestor

    The mythical Cave of Nestor is located at the base of Palaeokastro in northern part of the Bay of Navarino. The access is easy and the view outstanding.

  • Cave of Milia

    The Cave of Milia in Western Mani is richly decorated with well-preserved stalactite formations. The chamber has dimensions of 13,7 x14,3.

  • Cave of Lycurgus

    Cave of Lycurgus is located in Messnian Mani in Doloi. The entrance is accessible only for speleologists and it requires proper equipment.

  • Agia Paraskevi – Theotokos

    The route of Agia Paraskevi - Agios Ioannis - Agios Georgios – Theotokos in western Taygetos lasts four hours.

  • Agia Marina

    Agia Marina is a small island between Sapienza and Schiza. It is uninhabited. A chapel which celebrates on July 17 is built there.

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