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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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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Perfect House - Perfect Host!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Just arrived back home from a fantastic weeks stay at this gorgeous property - Vasilis the owner is without doubt the best host I have ever experienced - the perfect blend of helpful without being ever present - he's simply a phonecall or a text away if needed. The chances are though once you have found your bearings then you'll need for nothing - The house has everything - superbly equipped through-out. Great for one big family or 2 separate families as each level of the house is fully self contained with its own sitting room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms (one with ensuite) and a family bathroom and all wonderfully clean. Outside is perfect - another kitchen for preparing drinks and food for the massive BBQ (buy some lamb chops from the butchers in town - very good) with a separate shower/toilet room by the pool area to save you going inside. 2 pools perfect for the adults and the little ones (we had a 2 year old in our party) - with seating area's that make the most of the sun and indeed the shady areas to cool off - all sourrounded by lovely gardens and a vegetable plot growing tomatoes, onions and aubergines for you to enjoy. If you want a relaxing holiday and to unwind then this is the place - you need to venture out if you don't want to. If you do then the village of Petalidi is a 10-15 min stroll away or a very short hop in a taxi (3 euro's) with a taxi rank in the village for your return... Its a charming village to, with plenty of restaurants, most of which centre around the square which comes alive with Greek families in the evenings. 50 Metres from the house is a pebble beach, great for an afternoon dip in the Med..... Not that we ventured away from the house much as it had all we needed to be able to soak up the sun and relax. Thanks again Vasilis we had a fantastic holiday......... Oh forgot too - he even has 2 bikes at the property, so if like us, you didn't hire a car (we got there by private transfer) these are perfect for those quick dashes for more beer/water from the supermarket...... Like I said.... you'll be hard pushed to find something you need at the house that Vasilis hasn't thought about.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Aug 2017

                                                                                                      Amazing villa in a wonderful location

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The villa was all we could have hoped for and more. We were a family group of eleven, ranging from 70 to 5 years old. The five young children loved it (as did the adults.) They spent the first morning exploring the extensive grounds, which held hidden treasures round every corner and was very child orientated. They enjoyed collecting the eggs from the chicken every morning and held numerous contests of table tennis in the games room. But the overwhelming delight was the swimming pool, from which we struggled to get them to leave. Every evening we barbecued and enjoyed wonderful meals, watching the lovely sunsets, The location is extremely quiet, with nothing but the sound of cicadas. The beaches nearby were great and sandy. We loved the fact that we met very few English! The area is predominately Greek. We went on one excursion to Proti island which I would highly recommend..snorkelling over sunken ships and diving off the boat. The villa itself is a very welcoming home, with every amenity that you could need and is full of interesting objets d'art. We all loved it. My daughter enjoyed playing the piano and the children discovered the card game 'Fool' which seemed to cause great hilarity! Patrick could not have been more helpful, getting in provisions as we arrived late at night, and responding immediately if there were any minor worries. All in all a fantastic stay. It was summed up by my 5 year old grandson, who, on leaving, said " Bye bye house. See you next year." I hope so!!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Aug 09, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017