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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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                                                                                                  Delightful property fab views day and night

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                                                                                                  Recently returned from our 2nd visit to Kali Thea - Kato Doli, Jammie's wonderful house. We had a great time. The house has everything your need and more with the best host you could ever wish for. The views from the terrace are amazing and it is lovely to be in an authentic Greek village as opposed to a resort. A lovely beach and little harbour just a short drive down through olive groves. Lots of places to eat, serving gorgeous food either at the harbour, along the coast or in nearby villages. Plenty of books and maps and information of the area and further afield. Not too far to drive, through beautiful scenery, to see many different sites. Would definitely recommend this place and will be returning again soon. Thanks Jammie for making it so special.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 20-Jul-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016

                                                                                                  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
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                                                                                                  Super property with lovely hosts

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                                                                                                  My wife and I stayed in Villa Iris for two weeks at the end of June. As bed and breakfast accommodation the villa is exceptional, and this is what visitors generally use it for. Comfortable spacious bedrooms - spotlessly clean and each with excellent air conditioning. Great facilities downstairs, friendly and helpful hosts (many thanks Despina), huge lounge, homemade cakes (many thanks Despina/Georgia's mum), ground coffee and breakfast materials provided, secure parking, quality and modern furnishings throughout. Any glitches sorted out super quick (many thanks Despina/Georgia's dad). There are three good tavernas within 50yds (we liked the topmost one best) and yet the property is quiet. Excellent wifi, even works in the garden. The villa worked really well for our 2 week stay (though a washing machine would have been a useful addition) and was a great base for exploring the many delights of the Peloponnese. We loved the villa, the people and our hosts. Thoroughly recommended.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016