Travel guide

Filiatra


General info

Welcome to Filiatra...

Filiatra is the seat of the Municipality “Trifylia”, located on the western edge of the Prefecture of Messinia. The population of the municipality counts 9,500 inhabitants and the distance from Athens is approximately 265 km. There are many versions for the naming of the town. The predominant is that it was named so, either by the name of Baron “De Filiatr” who lived in the region, or by the many wells that existed in the area.

 

In the past…

The area has been inhabited since the Stone Age, as it is evidenced by the various artefacts found in archaeological excavations. At Homer’s times, residents took part in the Trojan War under the leadership of “Nestoras”, the King of Pylos. Years later, in the era of Ottomans, Filiatra actively participated in the battles against the Turks and during the years of 1822-1823, the first school was opened there. In 1833 Filiatra became a municipality with the name “Eranis” (the name Erani was given by the ancient ancestor of Filiatra, “Erana”) and in 1929, it was finally named “Municipality of Filiatra ".

 

Nowadays…

Filiatra is one of the relatively new cities in Western Messinia. It is considered as one of the most important agricultural and commercial centres of the Messinia Prefecture. It is situated in a fertile area, where olive trees, vegetables, vines, figs and citrus are cultivated. The inhabitants are engaged mainly in agriculture. Filiatra attracts many visitors during the summer months thanks to the beautiful beaches and the natural beauty of the region.

Sight seeing

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

 

  • the Messenian “Eifel Tower”

  • the region “Agrili” in Filiatra with the fairytale Castle

  • the fountains of the city, in the vicinity of “Agios Andreas” 

  • the beach “Stomion” and the sandy beach of “Lagkoybardos” 

  • the Church of “Analipsis tou Sotiros”, approximately two kilometres southeast of the city of Filiatra

  • the Church of “Agios Christoforos” at a distance of four kilometres

  • the Church of “Panagia Agriliotissas” a building of the 13th century

How to go

By Car:

Filiatra is located within a distance of 265 km from Athens. Once you get on Attiki Odos towards Elefsina, continue your trip on the national highway Athens-Corinth for approximately 80 km (40-50 minutes). Leave Corinth behind you and follow the way to Tripoli (attention to road signs in order not to miss the exit). After Tripolis continue your trip on the new highway towards Kalamata. A few kilometres before you reach Kalamata turn right towards Kyparissia (attention to road signs). Finally – after entering the city of Kyparissia - follow the road signs which will lead you to Filiatra.

 

Total travel time : 170 – 200 minutes

 

By Bus:

There are daily itineraries from Athens to Filiatra. 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 Filiatra : ☎  (+30) 27610 33516

KTEL Busses Athens : ☎  (+30) 210 - 5134293, 5134273

 

By Train:

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

www.proastiakos.net and www.ose.gr

Useful telephones

Police Station Filiatra : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 – 32563, 32312


Taxi Station Filiatra : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 32100


Health Centre Filiatra : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 33333


Pharmacies Filiatra : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 – 33560, 32229, 34065


Post Office Filiatra : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 32237


Agrotiki Bank Filiatra : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 33228


National Bank Filiatra : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 32228


KEP (Citizen Service Centre) Filiatra : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 62844


Municipality Offices Filiatra : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 34189


Fire Department Filiatra : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 22199

Distances

From the city of Filiatra to:

Athens

259 km

Thessaloniki   

750 km

Piraeus

256 km

Larisa

601 km 

Volos

574 km 

Ioannina

399 km 

Zakynthos

154 km 

Pylos

40 km 

Kalamata

79 km

Nafplio

167 km 

Patras

172 km 

Sparti

157 km 

Corinth

181 km 

Igoumenitsa

465 km

Pyrgos

75 km