Travel guide

Chrani Messinias

General info

Welcome to Chrani of Messenia ...

Chrani is a coastal village which belongs to the prefecture of Messenia (in Peloponnese). Geographically, it is in the south-western part of Peloponnese and is really close to the capital of Messenia, the city of Kalamata, from which it is about 35 km away. The distance from Athens is estimated to be about 265 km. Not only is it very close to Kalamata, but it is also near to other destinations, such as Methoni, Koroni, Petalidi and Finikounda. Seeing that over the last few years Chrani have become a popular tourist destination for many travellers, many traditional accommodations, restaurants and cafes have opened to suit all modern needs so that visitors have a pleasant stay.


In the past…

Chrani has a very long and old history and belongs to the municipality of Epia. The Epia is referred to by Homer in the Iliad. According to Homer, Epia was one of the countries that Agamemnon gave to Achilles as a dowry to entice him, so that he would marry one of his daughters and get convinced to return to the battle since he had retired. Apart from Homer, Epia has been referred to by the archaeologist Pausanias, who places Epia between Petalidi and Loga.


Chrani is a village with numerous natural beauties. It is famous for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters. For those who love adventure and exploration, there are many paths which lead to landscapes full of lush vegetation and natural beauty. Alley - ways and traditional stone houses attest to Chrani being a traditional settlement. Anyone who wishes to come into contact with the tradition of this place should, first of all, associate with the friendly locals, taste local foods and visit the churches each of which hide a history. The location of the village enables people to gain easily access to the nearby destinations, such as Koroni with its Venetian castle, Finikounda with its scenic beaches and Pylos, which is widely known for the battle of Navarino.

Sight seeing

If you happen to come by or stay in this beautiful city, then you can visit:

• one of the innumerable golden beaches of the surrounding area

• Koroni, which was one of the most important commercial and marine centres of the Venetians that later became a supply centre. The Venetian castle, its alley - ways and the insular colour illustrate the signs of medieval prosperity. The view from the castle is unique and breathtaking.

• Finikounda, the picturesque fishing village between Koroni and Methoni which is a combination of green landscapes and wonderful beaches


• Methoni (known for its medieval castle) which was built by the Venetians and soon became the largest fortress of Peloponnese


• Pylos, one of the most beautiful cities of Messenia, with its traditional buildings. The port of Pylos is one of the safest natural ports in the Mediterranean and famous for the Battle of Navarino back in 1827


• the capital of Messenia, the historic city of Kalamata (8 kilometres distance), where visitors can spend an amazing day

How to go

By Car:

Chrani is located 265 km away from Athens. After you have entered the Attica Road, follow the highway Athens-Corinth (for about 80 km, 40-50 minutes approx.). After you have left behind Corinth, follow the highway towards Tripoli (attention should be given to road signs so as not to miss the exit (approximately 81 km, 40 min.). Upon arrival in Tripoli continue your journey to the new motorway towards Megalopoli – Kalamata (85 km / 50-70 minutes journey). Shortly before arriving at Kalamata, turn right towards Messina - Petalidi (there are signs guiding you) keep you on track until you reach your destination.


Total travel time : 200 - 230 minutes


By Bus:

There are daily itineraries from Athens to Chrani. The departure point is at the main bus station of Athens. (KTEL Busses Kifisos - Kifissou 100, on the national road of Athens).


For more information please call:

KTEL Busses Athens : ☎  (+30) 210 5134273

KTEL Busses Kalamata : ☎  (+30) 27 210 23147


By Train:

For more information and itineraries, please visit the following websites: and

Useful telephones

Police Station Chrani : ☎  (+30) 27220 31203

Taxi Station Chrani : ☎  (+30) 27220 31122

Health Center Chrani : ☎  (+30) 27220 31216

Drugstores Chrani : ☎  (+30) 27220 31186

Post office Chrani : ☎  (+30) 27220 31099

Agrotiki Bank Chrani : ☎  (+30) 27220 31655

National Bank Chrani : ☎  (+30) 27220 31221

Citizen Service Centre (KEP) Chrani : ☎  (+30) 27223 60426

Municipality Offices Chrani : ☎  (+30) 27220 - 29521, 32290

Fire Department Chrani : ☎  (+30) 199


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