Methoni

At the southwestern tip of the prefecture of Messinia, 61 kilometers from the city of Kalamata is the exotic Methoni. Methoni is a different coastal town with unique sights and wonderful seaside and view. During the summer months it attracts a lot of travellers as it is suitable for a quiet family holiday or even for couples of young people.
Methoni is a small town and a former municipality in Messinia. Since 2011 it is part of the municipality of Pylos Nestor, of which it is an important municipal unit. The municipal unit has an area of 97.202 km2. Methoni is without doubt one of the most historical cities of Peloponnisos. Not only being vital for its history but also for the incredible location Methoni is a place you will enjoy to stay at and start your vacations using it as a base for nearby excursions!

According to Pausanias referrals, the first name of the city was Pidassos. Homer mentions it as one of the seven cities that Agamemnon had ordained to Achilles during the Trojan War in order to get back the beautiful Helen. Methoni is built on the ruins of the ancient city of Methoni ,that has been famous for its strategic and commercial port. Here you can also find the imposing Venetian castle, one of the largest castles in the Mediterranean region, famous for its fortification in the Middle Ages and the Ottoman domination. For this reason, many people tried to conquer it through the centuries, such as the Franks, Venetians and Ottomans but mostly with no success.

In Methoni the Messinians, were beaten by the Spartans at the end of the Second Messinian war (640-610 B.C). During the Roman years (31 B.C – 330 A.D) it was a prosperous city, while its greatest time was during the Middle Ages under the rule of the Enetoi from 1209 to 1500. In 1500 it was conquered by the Turks who destroyed it completely. In the mid sixteenth century it was taken over by the Maltan knights and later by Enetoi (1686-1715). The second period of Turkish rule was from 1715 to 1828 when it was liberated by the army of the French general Maizon.

In Methoni, 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.

Methoni offers visitors the chance to taste and enjoy delightful recipes, products with unique freshness and of course the best tavernas and restaurants in the area.

Methoni has lots of sights and locations that worth visiting like the castle of Methoni which is also the most important and famous sight of the area, Oinousses cluster, Sapientza island, Schiza island, the little island of Agia Marina, the cemetery of Agios Onoufrios.

 Also arrange to visit the ruins of the Catholic church of Agios Leo, the submerged Medieval Bronze Age settlement in the bay of Methoni, the Kapodistrian School, the arched stone bridge that has been declared a historic monument and the two Venetian wells, one In Limarisi square and one at Syngrou square and don’t forget to take your camera with you because all of these worth some photos!

Nearby beaches worth visiting: Beach of Methoni, Beach Lampes, Mavrovouni beach, Finikounda Beach, Beaches Loutsa-Tsapi, Papa or Limna Beach.

Spring Breaks

Visitors who head to Methoni 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 Methoni.

Summer Sun

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

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

Wonderful Methoni is situated eleven kilometers south of Pylos and eleven kilometers west of Foinikounta village. The islands Sapientza, Schiza and Agia Marina form a natural protection for Methoni harbour. The town is also known by the Italian name “Modone”, which it came by the Venetians as they called it like this.

Methoni is one of the most beautiful areas in Greece, even outside of Greece also. The harmonious coexistence of the old elements with the contemporary gives a special color to the area. The natural beauties, the historical monuments and the wonderful beaches combined with the excellent tourist infrastructure that nowadays it is capable to offer, have brought Methoni to one of the most popular tourist resorts in the southern Peloponnese!

Driving: You’ll be able to drive from Athens to Methoni in about three hours thirty 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, Methoni.
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 Methoni 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

Methoni Weather

Information

At the southwestern tip of the prefecture of Messinia, 61 kilometers from the city of Kalamata is the exotic Methoni. Methoni is a different coastal town with unique sights and wonderful seaside and view. During the summer months it attracts a lot of travellers as it is suitable for a quiet family holiday or even for couples of young people.
Methoni is a small town and a former municipality in Messinia. Since 2011 it is part of the municipality of Pylos Nestor, of which it is an important municipal unit. The municipal unit has an area of 97.202 km2. Methoni is without doubt one of the most historical cities of Peloponnisos. Not only being vital for its history but also for the incredible location Methoni is a place you will enjoy to stay at and start your vacations using it as a base for nearby excursions!

History

According to Pausanias referrals, the first name of the city was Pidassos. Homer mentions it as one of the seven cities that Agamemnon had ordained to Achilles during the Trojan War in order to get back the beautiful Helen. Methoni is built on the ruins of the ancient city of Methoni ,that has been famous for its strategic and commercial port. Here you can also find the imposing Venetian castle, one of the largest castles in the Mediterranean region, famous for its fortification in the Middle Ages and the Ottoman domination. For this reason, many people tried to conquer it through the centuries, such as the Franks, Venetians and Ottomans but mostly with no success.

In Methoni the Messinians, were beaten by the Spartans at the end of the Second Messinian war (640-610 B.C). During the Roman years (31 B.C – 330 A.D) it was a prosperous city, while its greatest time was during the Middle Ages under the rule of the Enetoi from 1209 to 1500. In 1500 it was conquered by the Turks who destroyed it completely. In the mid sixteenth century it was taken over by the Maltan knights and later by Enetoi (1686-1715). The second period of Turkish rule was from 1715 to 1828 when it was liberated by the army of the French general Maizon.

Products

In Methoni, 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.

Methoni offers visitors the chance to taste and enjoy delightful recipes, products with unique freshness and of course the best tavernas and restaurants in the area.

Sights

Methoni has lots of sights and locations that worth visiting like the castle of Methoni which is also the most important and famous sight of the area, Oinousses cluster, Sapientza island, Schiza island, the little island of Agia Marina, the cemetery of Agios Onoufrios.

 Also arrange to visit the ruins of the Catholic church of Agios Leo, the submerged Medieval Bronze Age settlement in the bay of Methoni, the Kapodistrian School, the arched stone bridge that has been declared a historic monument and the two Venetian wells, one In Limarisi square and one at Syngrou square and don’t forget to take your camera with you because all of these worth some photos!

Nearby beaches worth visiting: Beach of Methoni, Beach Lampes, Mavrovouni beach, Finikounda Beach, Beaches Loutsa-Tsapi, Papa or Limna Beach.

Best time to visit

Spring Breaks

Visitors who head to Methoni 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 Methoni.

Summer Sun

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

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

Wonderful Methoni is situated eleven kilometers south of Pylos and eleven kilometers west of Foinikounta village. The islands Sapientza, Schiza and Agia Marina form a natural protection for Methoni harbour. The town is also known by the Italian name “Modone”, which it came by the Venetians as they called it like this.

Methoni is one of the most beautiful areas in Greece, even outside of Greece also. The harmonious coexistence of the old elements with the contemporary gives a special color to the area. The natural beauties, the historical monuments and the wonderful beaches combined with the excellent tourist infrastructure that nowadays it is capable to offer, have brought Methoni to one of the most popular tourist resorts in the southern Peloponnese!

How to get here

Driving: You’ll be able to drive from Athens to Methoni in about three hours thirty 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, Methoni.
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 Methoni 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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