Travel guide

Messini


General info

Welcome to Messini...

The city of Messini is located in the Prefecture of Messinia at the southwest part of Peloponnese, and is the second largest city after the capital of the Prefecture Kalamata. It is built on the West of the River “Pamisos”, near the beautiful beaches of Messiniakos Gulf and the Messenian Plain. Messini , which is located 250 km. from Athens , is famous because of the natural beauties of the region and its proximity to other cities of the southern Peloponnese which are of great touristic interest.

 

In the past…

The region of Messinia was inhabited since the prehistoric times, and has experienced considerable growth during the Mycenaean period (1600-1100 BC), which ended with its conquest by the Dorians in the 12th century. BC. During the period 8th- 5th century BC, it enslaved to Spartans and released by the Thebes in 369 BC, when the city of ancient Messini- the capital of the independent State of Messinians- was founded by Epaminondas, the General of Ancient Thebes. The city experienced significant growth during the Hellenistic (369-146 BC) and Roman period (146-330 ad) and was a prominent cultural centre until 395 AD, when it was conquered by the Goths. Residents who were expelled from the ancient city went further South, forming the new village of Messini. During the Byzantine period settlements were developed in the area and continued habitation.

 

Today...

Messini of nowadays is a modern city, in the course of growth with a substantial tourist infrastructure. It is attractive for the tourists, thanks to the natural beauties of the region and also because of its proximity to other cities of the southern Peloponnese which are of touristic interest. At a distance of approximately 20 km, at the foot of the “Ithomi” Mountain, stands one of the most important natural and artificial fortresses of antiquity- the ancient city of Messini which was developed in the 4th century BC.. It is one of the best preserved archaeological sites of nowadays, integrated in an environment of infinite natural beauty. Excavations have brought to light significant archaeological findings, many of which are exposed in the Museum near the picturesque village of “Mayromatis”. The findings highlight the strong fortification of the city in antiquity, for the protection against enemy attacks, as well as an excellent urban system, public buildings and residential monuments.

 

 

 

Sight seeing

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

 

  • the famous beach of Messina “Mbouka”, which is considered one of the most beautiful beaches of Peloponnese 

  • Ancient Messina, which is the most important archaeological site in the county. It is among the most significant ancient cities in size, shape and preservation 

  • the park and the beautiful fountains of Messini 

  • the monastery of “Voulkanos” which is built on the top of Mount “Ithomi”, next to the temple of Zeus “Ithomata” 

  • The Archaeological Museum of Ancient Messini which houses many findings from excavations 

  • Ancient “Ithomi”, perhaps the most important archaeological site of Messinia, located at the top of the homonymous mountain next to the village “Mavromati”

 

How to go

By Car:

Messini is located within a distance of 250 kilometres from Athens. Once you get on Attiki Odos towards Elefsina, continue your journey on the national highway Athens-Corinth for approximately 80 km (40-50 minutes). After Corinth, follow the way to the city of Tripolis (attention to road signs in order not to miss the exit). Leave Tripolis behind you and continue your trip towards Megalopolis-Kalamata (attention to road signs). Just a few kilometres before Kalamata, turn right (attention to road signs) and soon after you will reach Messini.

 

Total duration of the journey : 140-160 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 Athens : ☎  (+30) 210 5233810, 5134293

KTEL Busses Messini : ☎  (+30) 27220 22234

 

By Train:

OSE Train station Kalamata : ☎  (+30) 27510 95056

OSE Train station Athens : ☎  (+30) 210 5297777

 

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

www.proastiakos.net and www.ose.gr

Useful telephones

Police Station Messini : ☎  (+30) 27220 22445


Taxi Station Messini : ☎  (+30) 27220 - 23100, 23111


Health Center Messini : ☎  (+30) 2722 24751


Drugstores Messini : ☎  (+30) 27220 - 22269, 24955, 22777


Post office Messini : ☎  (+30) 27220 22248


Agrotiki Bank : ☎  (+30) 27220 22222


National Bank Messini : ☎  (+30) 27220 22503


Emporiki Bank Messini : ☎  (+30) 27220 22511


Alpha Bank Messini : ☎  (+30) 27220 24960


Eurobank Messini : ☎  (+30) 27220 26066


Citizen Service Centre (KEP) Messini : ☎  (+30) 27223 60200


Municipality Offices Messini : ☎  (+30) 27223 60100


Fire Department Messini : ☎  (+30) 199


Archaeological Museum of Messini : ☎  (+30) 27240 51201

Distances

From the city of Messini to:

Athens

234 km

Thessaloniki  

725 km

Piraeus

231 km

Larisa

576 km 

Volos

549 km 

Ioannina

437 km 

Zakynthos

192 km 

Pylos

40 km 

Kalamata

10 km

Nafplio

142 km 

Patras

210 km 

Sparti

69 km 

Corinth

156 km 

Igoumenitsa

503 km

Pyrgos

113 km