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Messenia - Peloponnese (Greece)

Messenia. Messenia (Messinia) is one of the seven prefectures of the Greek peninsula Peloponnese. This department is located in the southwest of Peloponnese on the Ionian sea. It is bordered to the north with Ilia and Arcadia,  to the west to Lakonia. The area of Messenia covers an area of 2991 square kilometers.

Messenia is a very fertile area with a beautiful varied nature, historic sites, plenty of running water and waterfalls, lovely seaside towns and beautiful traditional villages. The capital of Messenia is Kalamata, a vibrant city with a large port and a beautiful beach.

The highest mountain is Taygetos (highest point 2040 meters), which is at the border with the prefecture of Lakonia. On thiis area between Messenia and Laconia, are the picturesque villages of Mani, some in the mountains, others on the coast.

Popular seaside resorts are Stoupa, Kardamili and Aghios Nikolaos. The main attractions of the region are among the many impressive castles like that of Koroni, Methoni and Pylos. Koroni and Pylos are very popular coastal resorts as it is very cozy here. Very impressive is Pylos at the bay of Narino. Here is the popular resort of Gialova and Lake Divari.

There are lots of beautiful beaches,  especially on the Ionian coast like Kyparissia with several large sandy beaches. Caretta-Caretta turtles come here to lay their eggs. At the village Mavromati is the ancient Messini, one of the most important ancient cities in Greek history.

Text: Yorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Revised by Maxine van Hoften Gee

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Beaches near Finikounda and Methoni | Messenia Peloponnese 5 - Photo JustGreece.com Methoni | Messenia Peloponnese | Greece  Photo 18 - Photo JustGreece.com Koroni | Messenia Peloponnese | Greece  27 - Photo JustGreece.com Kalamata | Messenia Peloponnese | Greece  81 - Photo JustGreece.com Koroni | Messenia Peloponnese | Greece  42 - Photo JustGreece.com Village Prosilio | Messenia Peloponnese | Greece  3 - Photo JustGreece.com Stoupa in Mani | Messenia Peloponnese | Photo 38 - Photo JustGreece.com Agios Nikolaos in Mani | Messenia Peloponnese | Photo 3 - Photo JustGreece.com Kyparissia | Messenia Peloponnese | Photo 14 - Photo JustGreece.com Near Gialova and Voidokilia | Messenia Peloponnese | Photo 26 - Photo JustGreece.com Kardamili | Mani Messenia | Peloponnese Photo 25 - Photo JustGreece.com Kalamata | Messenia Peloponnese | Greece  4 - Photo JustGreece.com Pylos (Navarino) | Messenia Peloponnese | Photo 3 - Photo JustGreece.com Koroni | Messenia Peloponnese | Greece  54 - Photo JustGreece.com Agios Nikolaos in Mani | Messenia Peloponnese | Photo 14 - Photo JustGreece.com

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Average temperature Messenia
January
10.2°C
February
105.0°C
March
12.2°C
April
15.2°C
May
19.8°C
June
24.1°C
July
26.6°C
August
26.8°C
September
23.4°C
October
19.0°C
November
14.7°C
December
11.6°C


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