Foinikounda

Foinikounda  is a seaside village in the prefecture of Messinia that everyone knows even outside the borders of Greece, which has evolved into one of the most beautiful summer resorts in South Pelloponisos. It is administered in the Municipality of Pylos Nestor and has a population of approximately 700 inhabitants. It is situated in the middle of the road between Methoni and Koroni villages and is 70 kilometers from the prefecture’s capital city, Kalamata. The village is built next to the seaside, just opposite the Oinousses cluster, which consists of the isles of Sapientza, Schiza and Agia Marina and are of extreme natural beauty. Foinikounda is a small coastal resort with stunning beaches and landscapes and as all locals there use to say: “what it used to be a pirate base in the past is a holiday heaven of rest and relaxation nowadays”. Foinikounta offers exceptional food in restaurants and taverns and quality accommodation in its beautiful hotels and apartments.

The name of the village “Foinikounda” is probably due to the Phoenicians who, as a naval people, landed on the coasts of Pelloponisos and founded the Anemomilos city where Foinikounda is located these days. During the Early period of Greece, it was mainly a shipping transit center, and during some seasons it was a base for the pirates that were sailing back then. The original name of the village was “Taverna”, a name that was firstly mentioned by the fishermen who arrived there to rest while enjoying good local wine in the fish tavernas of the village. Pausanias, in his work, referrs to it as a port, under the name “Phoenic Limin”. The official name of the village was established in year 1930 and remains until today.

In Foinikounda, 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.

Foinikounda offers all of the traditional and local food with an A+ taste, because Foinikounda and all the surrounding areas have some of the best soil qualities in all Messinia.

Foinikounda has lots of sights and nearby areas worth visiting some of them are the Oinousses cluster, Sapientza island, Schiza island and the little island of Agia Marina.

Nearby famous beaches worth visiting are the beach Lampes, Foinikounda beach, Mavrovouni beach and beaches Loutsa-Tsapi.

Don’t forget also that with Foinikounda as base and starting point you can arrange your small trips to nearby areas, villages and towns in ordeer to see sights such as the castles of Methoni and Koroni, the Gialova lagoon and also all the important attractions of Pylos.

Spring Breaks

Visitors who head to Foinikounda between late March and May should expect to find clear skies and temperatures that hover between fifteen 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 Foinikounda.

Summer Sun

Sunscreen and shades are essential for a Summer visit to Foinikounda, and the dry heat, which is possible to exceed 40 degrees, can feel stifling. If you intend to visit Foinikounda 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 Foinikounda

As the temperatures drop, also do the tourist numbers, and the early Autumn is a very pleasant time to visit Foinikounda. 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.

Foinikounda is situated in the southwestern tip of Pelloponisos, nine kilometers east of Methoni and thirty seven kilometers southwest of the famous and capital of prefecture Kalamata city. In order to reach Foinikounda is very easy through all means of transport, either from Kalamata either from nearby areas like Methoni, Koroni and Pylos as they are along the same road.

Foinikounda is today one of the most important tourist resorts of the prefecture of Messinia, combining with harmony the mountains and sea. The visitor’s eyes are distracted mainly by the amazing sandy beaches with the crystal clear waters. Also, the picturesque landscapes and the excellent tourist infrastructure have made the village one of the most popular summer destinations for travellers in Greece and abroad.

Driving: You’ll be able to drive from Athens to Foinikounda in about three hours fourty minutes 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, Foinikounda.
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 Foinikounda 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 Pylos Nestor 27230-22221
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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Information

Foinikounda  is a seaside village in the prefecture of Messinia that everyone knows even outside the borders of Greece, which has evolved into one of the most beautiful summer resorts in South Pelloponisos. It is administered in the Municipality of Pylos Nestor and has a population of approximately 700 inhabitants. It is situated in the middle of the road between Methoni and Koroni villages and is 70 kilometers from the prefecture’s capital city, Kalamata. The village is built next to the seaside, just opposite the Oinousses cluster, which consists of the isles of Sapientza, Schiza and Agia Marina and are of extreme natural beauty. Foinikounda is a small coastal resort with stunning beaches and landscapes and as all locals there use to say: “what it used to be a pirate base in the past is a holiday heaven of rest and relaxation nowadays”. Foinikounta offers exceptional food in restaurants and taverns and quality accommodation in its beautiful hotels and apartments.

History

The name of the village “Foinikounda” is probably due to the Phoenicians who, as a naval people, landed on the coasts of Pelloponisos and founded the Anemomilos city where Foinikounda is located these days. During the Early period of Greece, it was mainly a shipping transit center, and during some seasons it was a base for the pirates that were sailing back then. The original name of the village was “Taverna”, a name that was firstly mentioned by the fishermen who arrived there to rest while enjoying good local wine in the fish tavernas of the village. Pausanias, in his work, referrs to it as a port, under the name “Phoenic Limin”. The official name of the village was established in year 1930 and remains until today.

Products

In Foinikounda, 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.

Foinikounda offers all of the traditional and local food with an A+ taste, because Foinikounda and all the surrounding areas have some of the best soil qualities in all Messinia.

Sights

Foinikounda has lots of sights and nearby areas worth visiting some of them are the Oinousses cluster, Sapientza island, Schiza island and the little island of Agia Marina.

Nearby famous beaches worth visiting are the beach Lampes, Foinikounda beach, Mavrovouni beach and beaches Loutsa-Tsapi.

Don’t forget also that with Foinikounda as base and starting point you can arrange your small trips to nearby areas, villages and towns in ordeer to see sights such as the castles of Methoni and Koroni, the Gialova lagoon and also all the important attractions of Pylos.

Best time to visit

Spring Breaks

Visitors who head to Foinikounda between late March and May should expect to find clear skies and temperatures that hover between fifteen 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 Foinikounda.

Summer Sun

Sunscreen and shades are essential for a Summer visit to Foinikounda, and the dry heat, which is possible to exceed 40 degrees, can feel stifling. If you intend to visit Foinikounda 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 Foinikounda

As the temperatures drop, also do the tourist numbers, and the early Autumn is a very pleasant time to visit Foinikounda. 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

Foinikounda is situated in the southwestern tip of Pelloponisos, nine kilometers east of Methoni and thirty seven kilometers southwest of the famous and capital of prefecture Kalamata city. In order to reach Foinikounda is very easy through all means of transport, either from Kalamata either from nearby areas like Methoni, Koroni and Pylos as they are along the same road.

Foinikounda is today one of the most important tourist resorts of the prefecture of Messinia, combining with harmony the mountains and sea. The visitor’s eyes are distracted mainly by the amazing sandy beaches with the crystal clear waters. Also, the picturesque landscapes and the excellent tourist infrastructure have made the village one of the most popular summer destinations for travellers in Greece and abroad.

How to get here

Driving: You’ll be able to drive from Athens to Foinikounda in about three hours fourty minutes 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, Foinikounda.
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 Foinikounda 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 Pylos Nestor 27230-22221
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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