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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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                                                                                                Best of both worlds

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                                                                                                This tranquil, comfortable stone house provides an excellent base for both the beach and the countryside. Located at the foot of the Taygetus mountains, yet only a 15 minute stroll to the seafront in Stoupa, with its magnificent beach and excellent tavernas, this house is a wonderful base for a relaxing holiday. The house itself catered for all our needs (well equipped kitchen, pleasant sleeping quarters and a wonderful terrace for al fresco dining!). Excellent, helpful and friendly host who was always available if we needed her. We would not hesitate to recommend this property to our family and friends and are looking forward to our next visit as there is much to explore in this area.
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 14-Sep-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                Wonderful quiet, well-appointed villa with spectacular views

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                                                                                                We stayed in Villa Ialeira September 2016 and had a wonderful, quiet, relaxing holiday. The villa is very well appointed and had everything we needed. The area is much greener than we expected and the scenery... cloud toped mountains, seascapes and sunsets... is spectacular. The drive from Kalamata in a rental car is... 'interesting'... Akis met us in Stoupa and took us up and introduced the villa; we were in the pool within half an hour. From then on we just enjoyed our break. Akis checked in on us while passing a few times to make sure we were OK. We spent most of our time by the pool and drove down into Stoupa or Aghios Nikolias (nicer) for dinner (a car is required at this villa) or to the friendly supermarket in Stoupa for provisions. The Wi-Fi, air-con etc all worked well and we were surprised to find that hot water was constantly available. The evenings were quiet and star-filled. I have to mention that while we were there the region suffered the worst thunder storm for some time. The rain, overnight, was torrential and caused much damage in the local area. We were perfectly safe in our well constructed villa and even the emergency lighting worked (it was a very bad storm). We stayed out-of-the-way next day and things soon returned to normal. In general tho' the weather was fine. We can thoroughly recommend this villa for adults who want a quiet, relaxing holiday with spectacular views... and if the neighbours overhanging fig tree is bearing fruit... well it would be a waste not to have some fresh figs for breakfast. Best whishes’ to Akis Noel and Ella
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                Quiet and comfortable cottage

                                                                                                5 of 5
                                                                                                We spent lovely 10 days at Margarita's. The cottage is in a quiet location yet only a 5 minute drive from shops and tavernas. It is surrounded by olive and citrus trees and has a stunning view out to sea. The nearest beach can be reached on foot (approx 15 min walk) or by car if you'd prefer. It offers solitude and a beautiful scenery. Stavroula and Ioannis made sure we had everything we needed for a comfortable stay and their warm-hearted hospitality brought to our table olive oil, tomatoes, handfuls of figs and the greek fire water - tsipuro. Stavroula is full of local knowledge and gave us tips about what to see and where to eat out. With reference to the comments made by one of the guests about aircon not working and rats in the house: the aircon worked without any problems during our stay and there were no rats or mice in sight - a slim greek cat visited us once when we lit the BBQ. The cottage is very clean, there is a generous supply of towels and sheets and it has everything you need to enjoy a simple way of life. We loved it!
                                                                                                • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2016
                                                                                                • Date of Stay: Aug 2016