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Make a holiday rental villa or holiday property in Messinia, Greece your home away from home

Messinia (Messenia) is a prefecture of Greece on the eastern side of the Peloponnese, neighboured by the impressive Mount Taygetus to the west. Messinia is not usually on the tourist route through the Peloponnese, but not for lack of facilities and points of interest. The prefecture has glorious beaches, dramatic fortresses and charming coastal towns and villages, perfect for romantic holidays to Messinia.

Things to do on holiday in Messinia, Greece

The beaches which line the coastline of Messinia are second to none. Golden sands create a boundary between the turquoise waters of the Gulf and the beautiful landscape of the Peloponnese, and due to the relatively unknown status of Messinia, there are never crowds or fights over spots on the beach.

Along the coast, there are many small villages and large, well preserved castles, where flower covered cobbled streets lead down to ancient harbours and little beaches, meaning that Messinia has gained a reputation as a romantic holiday destination. There is a really refreshing atmosphere and pace of life in Messinia which is extremely relaxing, as you never feel the need to rush anywhere!

Messinia, like much of the Peloponnese, has an extraordinary wealth of archaeological treasures to be explored. The ancient cities of Messene and Olympia and the vast caves and Byzantine monasteries which are to be found across the countryside make for perfect sightseeing trips from a holiday rental property in Messinia.

Places to holiday in Messinia, Greece

Stoupa is one of the most exciting beach resorts in Messinia, recently having greatly increased its tourist facilities. Everything you could wish for from a beach holiday is provided in Stoupa, including over 20 restaurants, serving both traditional cuisine and international dishes.

Koroni lies at the head of the bay, and like Stoupa, has become a favourite with British and German tourists, although it is still relatively quiet. Standing in the shadow of an impressive Venetian Castle, Koroni has the great appeal of having a little of everything. You can spend a lazy day on the beaches or wandering the streets looking at some of the fine monuments around the town, and enjoy the lively nightlife as the sun sets.

The picturesque town of Agios Nikolaos sits on the side of a ‘bottomless’ lake, which was connected to the sea in 1867 to help stop the water becoming stagnant. The surrounding countryside is perfect for walkers as there are some delightful view points to be found as well as many points of interest.

Finikounda is a perfect location to take a rental property for a romantic holiday in Messinia. It is a small fishing village with access to three glorious beaches, and brimming with Greek personality.

Weather in Messinia, Greece

Messinia shares a similar climate to Athens, with slightly warmed conditions throughout the year, averaging around 32˚C in summer and 10˚C in the winter. However, snow cover is common on the peaks of Mount Taygetus during the winter months.

Travel to Messinia, Greece

Kalamata International Airport (KLX) is serviced by charter flights from Gatwick (LGW), Manchester (MAN), Birmingham (BHX) and Newcastle(NCL). More flights arrive into Athens International Airport (ATH), and there are frequent busses from Athens to Messinia, which take around 4 hours.

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                                                          Great base to come back to relax after exploring the Peloponnes

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                                                          Thanks Ioannis and Stavroulas for letting us rent your cottage. Ideal for 3 adults. We found the animal's voices quite amusing especially the chickens and turkey. (They weren't right outside the window.) It was lovely to be able to eat our meals out on the balcony and look over the trees. Very peaceful. We had to use the air con as it was hot and sticky with not much breeze. Unfortunately it dripped water all night if set to below 25 degrees. Hosts came out quickly to try to sort it out. I think Stavroulas would have produced an ironing board if I'd asked her but didn't want to do ironing as well as cooking! Thanks for the eggs and the olives. They were a treat. We would come again but we explored this part of the world now. We had days out to Nestora's palace and museum (you to do both to see it all). Ancient Messini, Corinth canal, Epidauras, Mystra ( which was interesting) and lots of castles and beaches as it was hot. You need a car. Even Koroni was a bit of a hike in the heat.
                                                          • Review Submitted: 06-Jul-2016
                                                          • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                                          The listing description was acurate in all respects and the house is located in a supperb position

                                                          5 of 5
                                                          The house was clean and is clearly well l maintained, with everything you could possibly require provided. The owners provided all the additional information and are extremely friendly and helpful. The location of the house is fantastic: it is in a very quiet and lovely position just up the hill and a short walk away from the village. There are several restaurants close to the house, and a number of attractions nearby. Walking on the hills is a very enjoyable activity particularly during the months when the temperature is not too high. The beach is close and within walking distance, and so are the shops. We would recommend the house and will return.
                                                          • Review Submitted: 01-Jun-2016
                                                          • Date of Stay: May 2016

                                                          We very much enjoyed Aleiki villa and Methoni

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                                                          My wife and I enormously enjoyed our four weeks in Aleiki. We are both retired; our son and daughter, in their mid-twenties, joined us for a few days, and were as enthusiastic about the villa and about Methoni as we were. The villa and garden had plenty of room for us, was well equipped and in good order. Nigel and Fiona were very helpful. Between us we have had many holidays in Greece, mainly in islands, with a few on the mainland (I was in Kalamata and the Mani for a week rather a long time ago). Methoni was for us a real find. We arrived after the hottest weather (which was a plus for us), also after the tourist peak. Methoni is a delightful place – not at all over-touristified (and we would guess much the same even in July and August). The villa is well placed for the beach (sandy), and for shops and tavernas/kafenions (of which we ate and drank in ten or a dozen – a great variety which we much enjoyed). Methoni castle is quite extraordinary. We hired a car after ten days or so, but you don’t need one to get around Methoni. We would certainly recommend the villa and Methoni to friends and family.
                                                          • Review Submitted: 27-Oct-2015
                                                          • Date of Stay: Sep 2015