What to do and see in Messini, Greece: The Best Places and Tips

September 27, 2017 Layne Dawes

Messini (Greek: Μεσσήνη) is a municipal unit (dimotiki enotita) and seat (edra) of the municipality (dimos) of Messini within the regional unit (perifereiaki enotita) of Messenia in the region (perifereia) of Peloponnese, one of 13 regions into which Greece has been divided. Before 2011 the same hierarchy prevailed, according to Law 2539 of 1997, the Kapodistrias Plan, except that Messenia was a nomos and the Municipal unit was a locality (topiko diamerisma). The dimos existed under both laws, but not with the same constituents.
Restaurants in Messini

1. Ancient Messini

Messini 145 67, Greece +30 2724 051046
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5 based on 490 reviews

Ancient Messini

Reviewed By Rambling_Pete - Newton Abbot, United Kingdom

Sorry to say I'd not heard of Ancient Messini before visiting. How come it doesn't attract more attention from travel writers. This is an amazing archaeological site in a stunning setting. The locals told me that there is more to see than at Olympus and it has the benefit of being less crowded. Less crowded? Well there were about a dozen cars there when we visited in early September. Easy to get great images with few or no people in them. Unlike so many Greek sites the information boards are good (in Greek and English) and really enhance the visit. I can't recommend this site too highly for lovers of antiquities.

2. Caribbean Beach bar

Chrani, Greece +30 2725 031677
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4.5 based on 28 reviews

Caribbean Beach bar

Reviewed By DeeEpsomUK - Epsom UK

lying on a (free) sunbed on a glorious beach with a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice to hand - bliss! Very reasonable prices, excellent snacks and friendly staff; a truly wonderful spot to relax, swim, refresh and then repeat!

3. Pamisos Springs

EO Tripoleos Kalamatas 36, Agios Floros 24009, Greece
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5 based on 2 reviews

Pamisos Springs

Reviewed By Saltpilgrim - Paros, Greece

Κοντά στο χωριό Άγιος Φλώρος βρίσκουμε τις πηγές του Πάμισου. Το τοπίο είναι εξαιρετικό. Οργιώδης βλάστηση, περιοχή με πλούσια πανίδα και χλωρίδα. Παρά τις ανθρώπινες επεμβάσεις και την υποβάθμιση του ποταμού οι πηγές του συνεχίζουν πεισματικά να διατηρούν την ομορφιά τους και να μας καλούν να τη μοιραστούμε με τη Μητέρα Φύση. Στα "μάτια" των πηγών τα νερά είναι γεμάτα νούφαρα και ίριδες. Αν πάτε την εποχή που είναι ανθισμένα θα εντυπωσιαστείτε!

4. Archaeological Museum of Messenia

Benaki & Ag. Ioannou, Kalamata, Greece +30 2721 083485
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4.5 based on 155 reviews

Archaeological Museum of Messenia

Reviewed By Julie H

This little museum has uncommonly high standards of museumship and an extensive and varied collection. As the small public museums go, it's excellent.

5. Ancient Messini Stadium

Ancient Messene, Messini 240 02, Greece
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5 based on 36 reviews

Ancient Messini Stadium

Reviewed By stinkwink - Sydney, Australia

The Stadium in Ancient Messenia is so huge and so well preserved, that if it wouldn't be in a hardly approachable remote area, up in the mountainside, probably would outshine Olympia. Still, numerous columns are surrounding the nearly intact Stadium. Walking around you can notice interesting details. For example remaining VIP seats, with backrests, standing on lion paw legs, and also advertising the high culture of this people, a row of public toilets. Of course, these toilets were nothing like the current ones, they were only round holes in stone slabs, but they were positioned above a stream, that immediately washed the " product" away. Now, the water disappeared from the stream, together with the people who were served by it. No athletic games here anymore and the gymnasium only visited by a few interested tourist, who doesn't mind the long drive to enjoy the ambiance of this impressive stadium.

6. Peripetia - Horse Riding Center

Chrani 24010, Greece +30 697 376 6502
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

Peripetia - Horse Riding Center

Our riding school PERIPETIA has been established since 1997 and can be found in a beautiful location at the foot of the LIKODIMO mountain sat in unspoilt and tranquil countryside. We are surrounded by olive trees with an astounding view across the sea to the Mani Mountains. The beach and village of CHRANI are approximately 1 km away. The name PERIPETIA is a Greek word and means adventure. Whilst riding myself I often feel a moving and fundamental connection to both the horses and the nature itself. This are exactly the experiences I would like to offer you, leaving you with unique and unforgettable memories of a wonderful holiday. For further information and booking please give us a call...

Reviewed By ralf j - Duisburg, Germany

Waren hier mit unserem Enkelkind ( 5 Jahre) . Die Besitzerin des Centers führte unseren Enkel behutsam ans Pferd . Es war schön zu sehen wie der Kontakt zwischen Kind und Pferd immer besser wurde und es ein prima Tag wurde . Gerne wieder

7. Messini Theatre

Ancient Messene, Messini 240 02, Greece
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5 based on 19 reviews

Messini Theatre

Reviewed By stinkwink - Sydney, Australia

The archeologists did, the nearly impossible, put together the ancient theater from scraps, and now it is fully operational with 2500 seats. The original one had 5000 seats. The plan of the authorities, to make the whole city alive again. The rebuilt theater is already in use, and I easily can imagine athletic games to be organized at the Stadium.

8. Arcadian Gate

Messini, Greece
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4.5 based on 27 reviews

Arcadian Gate

It is located to the north of the archeological site at the merging point of the roads to the villages Petralona Mavrommati Neochori and Zermpisia

Reviewed By stinkwink - Sydney, Australia

Going to Ancient Messene, the first thing that met your eyes is the Arcadian Gate. Once with its fortified walls controlled the traffic and protected Messene. The road still leads through this gate, that is in a good condition, and worth for a short stopover.

9. Gold And Silver Workshop Ioannis Kouvelakis

Messini 240 02, Greece +30 2724 051426
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5 based on 2 reviews

Gold And Silver Workshop Ioannis Kouvelakis

Reviewed By camill2000 - Yekaterinburg, Russia

Хозяина этого магазина мы встретили в кафе. Он любезно пригласил нас посмотреть его магазин, и мы, идя на парковку, зашли. И не потому ли, что он особо не настаивал на каких-либо покупках, а лишь просто очень красиво рассказывал о своих изделиях, мы с подругой обе не ушли отсюда без покупок (она купила серьги, а я кулон и цепочку к нему). Здесь изделия в греческом стиле, и мой кулон тоже истинно греческого оформления. Не то чтобы особо уникальный дизайн, но просто красиво. Всё в магазине смотрится хорошо, хочется купить, да и даже просто посмотреть интересно. Нам сделали скидку, что тоже порадовало.

10. Polylimnio Waterfall

Greece
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4.5 based on 314 reviews

Polylimnio Waterfall

Reviewed By Lotte C

Great, adventurous and hot climb to the falls. Wear good shoes and bring water. Not suitable for younger kids. Many people went in swimming clothes and swam in the pool at the fall. Very crowded around the pool.
New cafe just opened at the starting point.

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