Petalidi

Petalidi is a small beautiful village and a former municipality in Messinia, Peloponnisos. Since 2011 local government reformed it as part of Messini Municipality, of which it is a municipal unit. It has an area of 104.970 km2. Petalidi is one of the the largest organized tourist resorts of Messinia nowadays. It is also built on the ruins of the ancient city of Koroni. Situated at beachfront, it offers the opportunity to enjoy the sea and the activities provided as well as panoramic views. Petalidi is the ideal destination for summer vacations with traditional taverns and beautiful hotels and studios waiting for travellers.

The visitor of the area will be excited from the quality of services offered, by the accommodation but also with the warm hospitality of the residents. Clean and functional rooms with all the modern comforts, but also at affordable prices, in enchanting locations suitable for both family and solitary holidays await you there.

In Petalidi, on the hill named “castle”, the ancient city of Koroni was built. Parts of the wall of the ancient acropolis and remnants of several buildings are preserved until these days. There are also extensive facilities of the Roman era within walking distance, so you can find out and sightsee by foot.
Petalidi was founded by Bionet settlers, about -365. It had a particular development in the Greek and Roman times because it had an important port. Pausanias reports that there were sanctuaries in the city of Inos, Artemis, Asclepius and Dionysus, also mentions the important bronze statues of Zeus and Athena. Around sixth and seventh century the city was abandoned and the inhabitants built their new city in the place of ancient Asini. In this new location, on the foot of  Akritas cape, Koroni will continue its course from the Middle Ages to the present day.

As in Messini Petalidi bases its economy on agriculture. Oil, raisins, potatoes and early vegetables are grown, while the area is quickly developing in terms of tourism industry with the creation of infrastructure at the beaches of Bouka, Analipsi and Velika.

In Petalidi, similarly as throughout the prefecture of Messinia, you’ll find a rich traditional cuisine and plenty of pure and healthy native products. The main agricultural foods produced in Messinia are olives, grapes, raisins, figs, citrus and fruit and vegetables.

Some of the specialties of the local cuisine are salads, boiled goat, scrambled cod with garlic, roast pork, and sage-smoked sausages unique to their taste and quality.

Try even marvelous “diples”, “lalagia” and oil bagels. Don’t forget to shop the far-famed Kalamata olives, honey, that are of excellent quality, “pasteli”, “ouzo”, balsamic vinegar, “trachana”, noodles, herbs and organic products.

Petalidi offers all of the traditional and local tastes fresh, healthy and delicious as you can find them throughout Messinia.

Starting from the beach of Petalidi, you can enjoy all the neighboring beaches of the Messinian Bay and arrange tours for sights and monuments in the surrounding areas which are pretty many.

Of course you can visit the hill of Petalidi where ancient Koroni was build on and now it is kept as a vital monument by the locals, also don’t forget to visit the beautiful church inside the small town that is dedicated to Agios Nikolaos and the graphic beach next to it! The small city square is the place of daily gathering and recreation for locals and visitors alike!

Spring Breaks

Visitors who head to Petalidi between late March and May should expect to find clear skies and temperatures that hover between ten and twenty five degrees, making sightseeing pleasant and creating perfect walking conditions. It’s not uncommon for water temperatures to be warm enough for swimming throughout the early Spring also. The important Easter preparations that take place this time of year, where you see locals flooding the streets for the biggest celebration of Christianity. Next day is followed by music, dancing, eating and drinking as a tradition. By avoiding the summer rush, tourists should be able to find smart deals on flights and accommodation, making Spring a good season for budget travellers to visit Petalidi.

Summer Sun

Sunscreen and shades are essential for a Summer visit to Petalidi, and the dry heat, which is possible to exceed 40 degrees, can feel stifling. If you intend to visit Petalidi at this time, don’t attempt to pack too much clothes into your trip. Arrange several of lazy beach days and make sure your hotel room or apartment is air conditioned. Greek holidaymakers flock here during the summer months, so you should expect crowded beaches so book your lodgings earlier as well.

Autumn and Winter in Petalidi

As the temperatures drop, also do the tourist numbers, and the early Autumn is a very pleasant time to visit Petalidi. During September the waters are still warm enough for swimming, and you’ll have plenty of space for splashing into. Sightseeing becomes more comfortable as the heat becomes less oppressive, so October, November and forward are good times of the year to explore the mountains. During the Winter, there are fewer international flights to Kalamata, but it is always possible to fly in to Athens and take the transport through the beautiful newly created highway and inside the graphic villages along the way.

Village of Petalidi is situated on the western shore of the Messinian Gulf, 13 km southwest of Messini, 20 km southwest of Kalamata and 21 km east of Pylos. The Greek National Road 82 (Pylos – Kalamata) passes through the north side of the municipal unit.

The beautiful beach of Petalidi is located just before the port of the seaside village, which is a fast growing resort of Messinia. The coast has a length of 300 meters and is covered by large pebbles, while inside the sea is sandy. The beach of Petalidi which located 15 km away from Messini, offers shade under the trees surrounding it and a traditional seafront cafe to drink your coffee, eat your food and enjoy the beautiful view. Very close to the beach of Petalidi, you will find rooms to let, hotels, restaurants, shops and everything else  travellers will need for their stay.

Driving: You’ll be able to drive from Athens to Petalidi in about three hours on the National Road. Its not a bad drive and you will pass some attention-grabbing countryside. After all it’s a lot more interesting for the passenger than it’s for the driver who should keep his eye on the road in order to be alert for all the crazy things Greek drivers do. However even that may be amusing and if you’re a good driver you will not have any issues.              Rent a Car

By bus: Coach services are operated by KTEL between Athens, Kalamata, Messini. The trip time depends on bus schedule. Ticket value depends on bus schedule also. You don’t have to pre-book for a price ticket. You’ll pay at the terminal, before bus departure or on the bus. If you’re there half an hour before departure you must find a seat. Find a Bus

By taxi: You’ll be able to rent or hire a taxi transfer from Athens directly to Petalidi through the contact form and also you can arrange the price with the driver! This can be a simple solution if you don’t wish to drive all the way by yourself!            Taxi Transfer

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For any emergency situation call First Telephone Numbers.

During your stay here are some useful phone numbers you might need.
(If you are dialing from your mobile then put the +30 prefix and after the number you see bellow)
First Telephone Numbers
Direct Police Action 100
National Emergency Assistance Center (EACS) 166
Fire Service 199
Direct Coast Guard Intervention 108
Drug Enforcement Service 109
Tourist Police 171
Antiterrorism 170
Fire Fighting Center 191
Poison Center 210 7793777
Life Line – SOS 175
Useful Phone Numbers
Hospital of Kalamata 27210 46000
IKA of Kalamata 27210 45500
Police Directorate of Messinia 27210 44600
Port Authority of Kalamata: 27210 22218
Municipality of Messini 27223 60 100
Regional Unit of Messinia (Call Center) 27213-61200
Roadside assistance
ΕΛ.Π.Α. 10400
EXPRESS SERVICE 1154
HELLAS SERVICE 1057
INTERAMERICAN 1168
Moreas SA Sos 1025, 2710 562020
KTEL of Kalamata
Ticket Information and Ticketing 27210 28581
Parcel Warehouse 27210 26428
AIRPORT of Kalamata: 27210 69442

Petalidi Weather

Information

Petalidi is a small beautiful village and a former municipality in Messinia, Peloponnisos. Since 2011 local government reformed it as part of Messini Municipality, of which it is a municipal unit. It has an area of 104.970 km2. Petalidi is one of the the largest organized tourist resorts of Messinia nowadays. It is also built on the ruins of the ancient city of Koroni. Situated at beachfront, it offers the opportunity to enjoy the sea and the activities provided as well as panoramic views. Petalidi is the ideal destination for summer vacations with traditional taverns and beautiful hotels and studios waiting for travellers.

The visitor of the area will be excited from the quality of services offered, by the accommodation but also with the warm hospitality of the residents. Clean and functional rooms with all the modern comforts, but also at affordable prices, in enchanting locations suitable for both family and solitary holidays await you there.

History

In Petalidi, on the hill named “castle”, the ancient city of Koroni was built. Parts of the wall of the ancient acropolis and remnants of several buildings are preserved until these days. There are also extensive facilities of the Roman era within walking distance, so you can find out and sightsee by foot.
Petalidi was founded by Bionet settlers, about -365. It had a particular development in the Greek and Roman times because it had an important port. Pausanias reports that there were sanctuaries in the city of Inos, Artemis, Asclepius and Dionysus, also mentions the important bronze statues of Zeus and Athena. Around sixth and seventh century the city was abandoned and the inhabitants built their new city in the place of ancient Asini. In this new location, on the foot of  Akritas cape, Koroni will continue its course from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Products

As in Messini Petalidi bases its economy on agriculture. Oil, raisins, potatoes and early vegetables are grown, while the area is quickly developing in terms of tourism industry with the creation of infrastructure at the beaches of Bouka, Analipsi and Velika.

In Petalidi, similarly as throughout the prefecture of Messinia, you’ll find a rich traditional cuisine and plenty of pure and healthy native products. The main agricultural foods produced in Messinia are olives, grapes, raisins, figs, citrus and fruit and vegetables.

Some of the specialties of the local cuisine are salads, boiled goat, scrambled cod with garlic, roast pork, and sage-smoked sausages unique to their taste and quality.

Try even marvelous “diples”, “lalagia” and oil bagels. Don’t forget to shop the far-famed Kalamata olives, honey, that are of excellent quality, “pasteli”, “ouzo”, balsamic vinegar, “trachana”, noodles, herbs and organic products.

Petalidi offers all of the traditional and local tastes fresh, healthy and delicious as you can find them throughout Messinia.

Sights

Starting from the beach of Petalidi, you can enjoy all the neighboring beaches of the Messinian Bay and arrange tours for sights and monuments in the surrounding areas which are pretty many.

Of course you can visit the hill of Petalidi where ancient Koroni was build on and now it is kept as a vital monument by the locals, also don’t forget to visit the beautiful church inside the small town that is dedicated to Agios Nikolaos and the graphic beach next to it! The small city square is the place of daily gathering and recreation for locals and visitors alike!

Best time to visit

Spring Breaks

Visitors who head to Petalidi between late March and May should expect to find clear skies and temperatures that hover between ten and twenty five degrees, making sightseeing pleasant and creating perfect walking conditions. It’s not uncommon for water temperatures to be warm enough for swimming throughout the early Spring also. The important Easter preparations that take place this time of year, where you see locals flooding the streets for the biggest celebration of Christianity. Next day is followed by music, dancing, eating and drinking as a tradition. By avoiding the summer rush, tourists should be able to find smart deals on flights and accommodation, making Spring a good season for budget travellers to visit Petalidi.

Summer Sun

Sunscreen and shades are essential for a Summer visit to Petalidi, and the dry heat, which is possible to exceed 40 degrees, can feel stifling. If you intend to visit Petalidi at this time, don’t attempt to pack too much clothes into your trip. Arrange several of lazy beach days and make sure your hotel room or apartment is air conditioned. Greek holidaymakers flock here during the summer months, so you should expect crowded beaches so book your lodgings earlier as well.

Autumn and Winter in Petalidi

As the temperatures drop, also do the tourist numbers, and the early Autumn is a very pleasant time to visit Petalidi. During September the waters are still warm enough for swimming, and you’ll have plenty of space for splashing into. Sightseeing becomes more comfortable as the heat becomes less oppressive, so October, November and forward are good times of the year to explore the mountains. During the Winter, there are fewer international flights to Kalamata, but it is always possible to fly in to Athens and take the transport through the beautiful newly created highway and inside the graphic villages along the way.

Location

Village of Petalidi is situated on the western shore of the Messinian Gulf, 13 km southwest of Messini, 20 km southwest of Kalamata and 21 km east of Pylos. The Greek National Road 82 (Pylos – Kalamata) passes through the north side of the municipal unit.

The beautiful beach of Petalidi is located just before the port of the seaside village, which is a fast growing resort of Messinia. The coast has a length of 300 meters and is covered by large pebbles, while inside the sea is sandy. The beach of Petalidi which located 15 km away from Messini, offers shade under the trees surrounding it and a traditional seafront cafe to drink your coffee, eat your food and enjoy the beautiful view. Very close to the beach of Petalidi, you will find rooms to let, hotels, restaurants, shops and everything else  travellers will need for their stay.

How to get here

Driving: You’ll be able to drive from Athens to Petalidi in about three hours on the National Road. Its not a bad drive and you will pass some attention-grabbing countryside. After all it’s a lot more interesting for the passenger than it’s for the driver who should keep his eye on the road in order to be alert for all the crazy things Greek drivers do. However even that may be amusing and if you’re a good driver you will not have any issues.              Rent a Car

By bus: Coach services are operated by KTEL between Athens, Kalamata, Messini. The trip time depends on bus schedule. Ticket value depends on bus schedule also. You don’t have to pre-book for a price ticket. You’ll pay at the terminal, before bus departure or on the bus. If you’re there half an hour before departure you must find a seat. Find a Bus

By taxi: You’ll be able to rent or hire a taxi transfer from Athens directly to Petalidi through the contact form and also you can arrange the price with the driver! This can be a simple solution if you don’t wish to drive all the way by yourself!            Taxi Transfer

Useful phones
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For any emergency situation call First Telephone Numbers.

During your stay here are some useful phone numbers you might need.
(If you are dialing from your mobile then put the +30 prefix and after the number you see bellow)
First Telephone Numbers
Direct Police Action 100
National Emergency Assistance Center (EACS) 166
Fire Service 199
Direct Coast Guard Intervention 108
Drug Enforcement Service 109
Tourist Police 171
Antiterrorism 170
Fire Fighting Center 191
Poison Center 210 7793777
Life Line – SOS 175
Useful Phone Numbers
Hospital of Kalamata 27210 46000
IKA of Kalamata 27210 45500
Police Directorate of Messinia 27210 44600
Port Authority of Kalamata: 27210 22218
Municipality of Messini 27223 60 100
Regional Unit of Messinia (Call Center) 27213-61200
Roadside assistance
ΕΛ.Π.Α. 10400
EXPRESS SERVICE 1154
HELLAS SERVICE 1057
INTERAMERICAN 1168
Moreas SA Sos 1025, 2710 562020
KTEL of Kalamata
Ticket Information and Ticketing 27210 28581
Parcel Warehouse 27210 26428
AIRPORT of Kalamata: 27210 69442
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