Ancient Greece // Kalanata // Peloponnese // Ionian Sea // Kalamata its capital...

Messinia is located in the south-western part of the Peloponnese and is one of Greece’s thirteen regions which came into effect in January 2011. Its capital is Kalamata.

It is a very popular tourist destination as the beautiful Ionian Sea is to its west whilst the Gulf of Messenia is to its south.

The region’s main airport is Kalamata International (KLX). EasyJet fly twice a week from London Gatwick and Thomas Cook operate seasonal flights from London, Manchester and Glasgow. Alternatively Aegean Airlines are amongst many other major airlines flying into Athens, where you can then catch a connecting flight to Kalamata.

Places to visit
If you are looking to get away from the more touristy parts of the region such as Koroni, some of the old Venetian towns like Methoni and Pylos are more unspoilt and well worth a visit. There are plenty of historical sights such as the ruins of Paleokastro, which is an ancient castle. You will also find more castles on either side of Navarino Bay. The Archaelogical Museum of Messinia makes for a great family place to visit and will educate you on Greece’s ancient history and treasures.

If you fancy seeing Navarino Bay from the water, you can take a boat tour around the bay and see some old sunken Turkish ships through the crystal clear water.

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Photograph of Navarino Dunes courtesy of The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino

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