Travel guide

Koroni


General info

Welcome to Koroni...

Koroni, the seat of the municipality of Koroni, is a picturesque town with a Venetian Harbour in the Prefecture of Messinia. It is built amphitheatrically and offers a magnificent view to the Messenian Gulf and the imposing Mountain “Taygetos”. The city is beautiful with narrow streets and houses with terrestrial colouration, which haven't changed much from the Venetian period. Medieval mansions and churches are extended to an impressive labyrinth of narrow streets which embrace the town like ribbons and guide to Akrotiri and the castle of the city. According to an ancient tradition, Koroni took its name from the copper currency Kourouna, which was found in the area during excavations. Koroni is also mentioned at the Homeric Epia, to be one of the cities which King Agamemnon had vowed to Achilles during the Trojan war.

 

In the past…

The existence of Koroni is dated back in ancient times when the traveller Pausanias mentioned the region of Koroni to be full of temples and statues dedicated to the ancient Greek gods. A few centuries later, the Byzantines built the famous Castle, which would become the perfect observation post to the Messenian Gulf. In 1206 A.C. the Venetians fortified the Castle and reinforced it. The Twins Castles of Koroni and Methoni were the largest castles of the Venetians in Peloponnese and were in a strategic point to observe the aquatic road to Crete. It was known as "the eyes of the Republic '. In 1500 A.C., Koroni was occupied by the Turks and remained in their possession until 1828, apart from brief periods in which it was occupied by the Habsburgs (1532-1534) and the Venetians (1686-1715). Finally, the city was liberated in 1828 by the French General Nicolas Maison.

 

Nowadays…

Koroni is one of the best-known summer destinations of Messinia. The Venetian Castle which dominates at the top of a hill, the graphic kalnterimia (cobbled pavements), the double-decker manors and the countless churches give a medieval character to the city. The beautiful harbour full of sailboats, fish boats and beautiful light houses with blue and red Windows, the narrow alleys, the white-washed walls, and the splendid beaches, give the city of Koroni a scent of an island. In addition you can explore many picturesque wonderful beaches, with fine golden sand and spend endless relaxing hours. Besides the interesting sights and magnificent beaches, the growing tourism infrastructure of the city offers many hotels, hostels, restaurants, cafés and bars which guarantee a pleasant and comfortable stay.

 

 

 

Sight seeing

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

  • the Venetian fortress of Koroni which was built in the 13th century

  • the statue of Bishop Gregory and the building where the historical and archaeological collection of Koroni is kept

  • the Metropolitan Church of “Agios Dimitrios” (St Dimitrios) built in 1864 

  • the monastery of “Agios Ioannis” (Saint John)which was erected in the year 1918.

  • the Church of “Panagia Eleistria” which is located below the Castle and is surrounded by Palm trees

  • the beautiful beaches in the region

How to go

By Car:

Koroni is located within a distance of 285 kilometres 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). After Corinth, drive towards Tripolis (pay attention to road signs in order not to lose the exit/ a distance of about 81 km/40 min ride). Leave Tripolis behind you and continue your trip at the the new national road with direction to “Megalopolis”-“Kalamata” (85 km/50-70 minutes ride) by following the road signs. Shortly before you reach the city of Kalamata, follow the road signs towards “Koroni” – “Messina” – “Petalidi”. After approximately 40 km you will arrive at your destination.

 

Total distance : 220 – 240 minutes

 

By Bus:


There are daily itineraries from Athens to Pylos. 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 Koroni : ☎  (+30) 27250 - 27210, 28581, 22851

KTEL Athens : ☎  (+30) 210 5134273

 

By Train:

OSE Train Station Kalamata : ☎  (+ 30) 27210 95056

 

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

www.proastiakos.net and www.ose.gr

Useful telephones

Police station Koroni : ☎  (+ 30) 27250 22203


Taxi Station Koroni : ☎  (+ 30) 27250 22281


Health Centre Koroni : ☎  (+ 30) 27250 22208


Pharmacies Koroni : ☎  (+ 30) 27250 22200


Post Office Koroni : ☎  (+ 30) 27250 22260


Agrotiki Bank Koroni : ☎  (+ 30) 27250 22207


National Bank Koroni : ☎  (+ 30) 27250 22300


KEP (Citizen Service Center) Koroni : ☎  (+ 30) 27250 29330


Municipality Offices Koroni : ☎  (+ 30) 27250 22221


Fire Department Koroni : ☎  (+ 30) 199


Port Koroni : ☎  (+ 30) 27250 22377

Distances

From the city of Koroni to:

Athens

274 km

Thessaloniki   

765 km

Piraeus

279 km

Larisa

616 km 

Volos

589 km 

Ioannina

477 km 

Zakynthos

232 km 

Pylos

39 km 

Kalamata

50 km

Nafplio

182 km 

Patras

250 km 

Sparti

109 km 

Corinth

196 km 

Igoumenitsa

543 km

Pyrgos

153 km