Travel guide

Kyparissia


General info

Welcome to Kyparissia...

Kyparissia is situated 245 km south to southwest from Athens. Is a coastal town amphitheatrically built at the foot of Mount “Aigaleo” and is the capital of the province of Trifylia in Messinia. Kyparissia got its name – according to the myth - from Goddess “Athena” – also known by the name “Kyparissia”- who was worshipped widely in the region. Others say that because of the many Cypresses (Greek=Kyparisia) in the area the inhabitants decided to name the city Kyparissia. Within the city stands out the “Ano Poli” (=the upper city) with beautiful traditional houses and cobbled pavements. There you can find the ruins of a Venetian castle, wherefrom the view is incredible. In the upper Town is also located the Folklore Museum of Kyparissia.

 

In the past…

The first historical reference to Kyparissia is from Homer's Iliad, where it is written that Kyparissia, a town commanded by King “Nestoras”, participated in the Trojan War by offering manned triremes. Homer references to Kyparissia as one of the cities of Peloponnese, which contributed to the war against Troy by offering ships. Remarkable archaeological discoveries not only in the city and the wider area, are showing its residential grow and its significant evolution, from the Mycenaean to the Roman era. The absence of monuments during the Byzantine period indicates a certain decline, while during this period the city was renamed in “Arkadia”. Following the fate of the rest of Peloponnese, the city surrendered first to Franks, until the final subjugation to the Turks in the year 459. Kyparissia participated in the revolution of 1821, with many soldiers and suffered, during the so-called "battle of Kargioutas”, a great disaster when Ibrahim's Army burned down the city in May 1825.

 

Nowadays…

Kyparissia has nowadays all the comforts of a modern city. It is a rural and commercial center. The city is divided in the old (Upper) Town - which has been declared a preserved traditional settlement - and the New (or Lower) Town, a newly built area extended up to the coast. In the Upper Town there are many scattered historical monuments that witness the history of the city, such as the Castle of Arcadia, the Arcadia square with the plane-tree and the Fountains, the public baths (ham am), its cobbled pavements etc. The Lower Town is a modern city with just a few traditional elements. It has rich vegetation, while a big part of the arable land of the municipality is covered by olive trees, but large areas are also planted with vegetables, potatoes, melons and citrus. Kyparissia has also beautiful sandy beaches, some of which are equipped with sun beds and canteens while others are located in creeks, offering more quiet conditions. The really excellent tourist infrastructure in combination to the natural beauty of the surrounding area, guarantee a pleasant stay for every guest.

 

 

Sight seeing

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

  • the archaeological site of “Peristerias” at a distance of 8 km, one of the most important centres of Mycenaean civilization

  • Kyparissia’s water tank which was built during the Ottoman domination

  • the Church of “Agia Triada” (Trinity) which is located in the upper town 

  • the Holy Monastery “Genesiou Theotokou” (Birth of Virgin Mary) built at an altitude of 450 metres 

  • the castle of Arcadia, a Frankish building considered as “the balcony of Kyparissia”, because of the incredible view

  • the folklore museum located in the upper town 

  • the numerous beaches of the surrounding areas which are famous for their natural beauty

  • the gorge with the stalactites which is located at a distance of 8 km

How to go

By Car:

Kyparissia is located within a distance of 245 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 min). After the city of Corinth, drive towards Tripolis (attention to road signs in order not to miss the exit /a distance of about 81 km/40 min ride). After you have left Tripolis behind you, continue your journey towards Kalamata. At the “Allagi”, follow the road signs and turn right towards Kyparissia (36 km – approximately 20 minutes).

 

Total travel time : 140-160 minutes

 

By Bus:

There are daily itineraries from Athens to Kyparissia .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 5134293

KTEL Busses Kyparissia : ☎  (+30) 27610 22260

 

By Train:

OSE Train station Athens : ☎  (+30) 210-5131601

OSE Train station Kyparissia : ☎  (+30) 27610 22283

 

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

www.proastiakos.net and www.ose.gr

 

Useful telephones

 

Police station Kyparissia : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 62000


Taxi Station Kyparissia : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 22666


Health Centre Kyparissia : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 24051 -52


Drugstores Kyparissia : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 - 23832, 22751, 22169


Post Office Kyparissia : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 22249


Agrotiki Bank Kyparissia : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 22743


Alpha Bank Kyparissia : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 24973 -74


National Bank Kyparissia : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 22903


Eurobank Kyparissia : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 62260


Piraeus Bank Kyparissia : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 62280


KEP (Citizen Service Center) Kyparissia : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 25539


Municipality Offices Kyparissia : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 360700


Fire Department Kyparissia : ☎  (+ 30) 27610 22196

Distances

From the city of Kyparissia to:

Athens

245 km

Thessaloniki   

736 km

Piraeus

242 km

Larisa

587 km 

Volos

560 km 

Ioannina

384 km 

Zakynthos

140 km 

Pylos

52 km 

Kalamata

65 km

Nafplio

153 km 

Patras

158 km 

Sparti

143 km 

Corinth

167 km 

Igoumenitsa

451 km

Pyrgos

60 km