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Kalamata and the Messinian Valley

An April 2005 trip to Kalamata by HiramAbif

Kalamata Harbour Photo, Kalamata, Greece More Photos
Quote: The Messinian Valley, or Western Peninsula of Peloponnese, is one of the nicest and most fertile parts of mainland Greece. Villages and their people still maintain the original laid-back Greek character. Kalamata is the capital of that part of Greece.

Kalamata and the Messinian Valley

Overview

Kalamata Harbour Photo, Kalamata, Greece
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Kalamata has a population of approximately 60,000 and a beautiful port divided into different sections for the commercial ships, the fishing boats, and the yachts. It is known in Greece for the best olive oil and olives. It is an excellent base for the independent traveller to explore the Messinian Valley and the rest of southern Peloponnese. It has an airport that, for the last 10 years, serves several charter flights from northwestern Europe during the summer months. There is plenty of reasonably priced accommodations and numerous car rental agents, including all the typical brands, to secure your stay and the best means of transport. Quick Tips: The Messinian Valley is known for its f...Read More

Akrogiali

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Restaurant | "Akrogyali at Agios Andreas"

Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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The Akrogyali, located in the heart of Agios Andreas on the seafront is a dual business of a hotel and a seafront restaurant. For the peak months of July and August I was quoted a price of €65 per double room per night, and this is inclusive of breakfast. The quote was made in April 2006, with a possibility, of course, of a rise in due course. My main focus today will be the restaurant (taverna), which is a classical Greek postcard eatery, with the magical small harbour views, the picturesque fishing boats, and no nonsense proper Greek food at very reasonable prices. The restaurant uses home-grown olive oil, locally produced fruits and vegetables, local meat, and fish from the fishing fleet in fron...Read More

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Akrogiali
Agios Andreas - Pylia 240 10
Agios Andreas, Greece
+30 (27250) 31266

Camping in Agios Andreas

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View from my accomodation Photo, Kalamata, Greece
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Approximately a 40-minute drive southeast of Kalamata (and 20 minutes north of Koroni, in the very southwestern tip of the Messinian peninsula) is the village of Agios Andreas, twinned with the village of Longa. Laid-back with friendly locals, it is ideal for a stopover for a day or two off the beaten path. It has everything the independent traveller might wish for: plenty of rooms to rent, small hotels, and a camping site for tents and caravans on the beach. Local tavernas and psistaries (grill houses), pizza places, and cafeterias offer no-nonsense food at low prices. And, of course, the village has a long beach suitable for children, too. August is to be avoided, as the loc...Read More
Petalidi Village Photo, Kalamata, Greece
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This is another little gem on the southern coastal road located halfway between Kalamata and Agios Andreas (approximately 20-minute drive to either destination). Petalidi (derived from the word petalida, which is a flat type of edible oyster found on beach rocks) is a picturesque fishing village with red-roofed houses and a cosy feel. Larger than Agios Andreas (mentioned earlier), it has also a better array of hotels and rooms to let than its southern competitor. The village has a square in the middle with several fish taverns around it, plus cafeterias and other restaurants. The main road from Kalamata to Koroni goes around the square, and every evening (and morning), the gatherin...Read More

Greek Orthodox Easter at Longa

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Travel Photo by IgoUgo member
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The Greek Orthodox Easter is a unique phenomenon and experience for any tourist, as it combines cultural features reflecting a mix of history, religion, nationalism, tradition, and even dietary patterns related with Christian orthodoxy. Christmas and Easter are the two times in the Christian calendar celebrated more than any other. For Catholics, Protestants, Anglicans, and other denominations the most important from these two events is the Christmas celebration. Not so, for the Greek Christian Orthodox who attach far more importance to the Greek Orthodox Easter. Few days before Easter, millions of Athenians and residents of other large cities get in their cars, ships, and planes, and he...Read More

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HiramAbif

HiramAbif
Corfu, Greece

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