Gargalianoi

Gargalianoi along with Kyparissia and Filiatra, are the three most important cities of today’s Municipality of Trifylia. They were the seat of the Municipality until 2010, when they all joined Kallikratis in the new expanded municipality of Trifylia. Gargalianoi is today widely known economic center of western Messinia.

Gargalianoi is built at the foot of Mountain Egaleo, on a green hill with amazing view of the olive groves and vineyards that flow into the sea level. They offer a healthy climate and a view of the Ionian Sea, which is only 7 km away from the town. Also nearby you can find the isle of Proti which is a magnificent place of beauty!

The town consists of 7,500 residents and is the commercial center of the region. In Gargalianoi you can find sports center, rural clinic and schools of all levels. From there you can visit all the nearby areas with tourist or historical importance and of course enjoy the local food and activities they have to offer!

In the area they have been found traces of habitation from the Early Helladic period (3000-2000 BC) and in antiquity it was under the rule of Pylos ruled equally by Nestoras. In the Venetian period it was referred to as “Gargaliano”, possibly from the name of a known Venetian who lived in the area. The village participated in the Greek Revolution of 1821, during which it was almost completely ruined, with more than a thousand volunteers recruited by Makrygiannis. After liberation, it was a mayor center of raisin production until the beginning of the twentieth century.

From Gargalianoi came the well known Macedonian Telos Agras, whose honor is held every year by locals in Agapineia event. Also from there came the 39th Vice-President Spyros Agniou and current Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilus, pretty important personalities of our century. Finally, there was teaching in a school opened in 1812, the scholar Kallinikos Kastorhis.

In Gargalianoi, 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.

Gargalianoi offers all of the traditional and local tastes with the top quality, that only locals know how to produce.

Prophet Elias Hill
The hill on the northern side of Gargalianoi with a magnificent view of the plain and the isle of Proti, where you can see with a radius from Pylos to Filiatra. In clear weather, the islands of Strofadia and Zakynthos are distinguished also.

In the central square of Gargalianoi city dominates the church of the 18th century. Inside the Sanctuary of the Church, is saved the miraculous icon. In the city are still the spiritual center and the library that hosts various cultural events with the most important one  being “Agapineia”,  on the first half of July, in honor of the Macedonian Tellos Agras.

Spring Breaks

Visitors who head to Gargalianoi 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 Gargalianoi.

Summer Sun

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

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

The town is at located at an altitude of about 300 meters and 5 kilometers from the sea level, 65 kilometers from Kalamata and 26 from Pylos. Marathopolis is the port, while opposite lies the isle of Proti, which was a pirates base in the past and has incredible natural beauty.

The nearest well known beaches for swimming are Mati , Lagkouvardos and Vromoneri. Not far from Gargalianoi you can visit other  important tourist locations like Kyparrisia, Filiatra, Marathopolis, Kalo Nero and plan your vacations as you wish!

Driving: You’ll be able to drive from Athens to Gargalianoi in about three hours ten 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, Kalamata, Gargalianoi. 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 Gargalianoi 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 Trifylia  2761 360700
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

Gargalianoi Weather

Information

Gargalianoi along with Kyparissia and Filiatra, are the three most important cities of today’s Municipality of Trifylia. They were the seat of the Municipality until 2010, when they all joined Kallikratis in the new expanded municipality of Trifylia. Gargalianoi is today widely known economic center of western Messinia.

Gargalianoi is built at the foot of Mountain Egaleo, on a green hill with amazing view of the olive groves and vineyards that flow into the sea level. They offer a healthy climate and a view of the Ionian Sea, which is only 7 km away from the town. Also nearby you can find the isle of Proti which is a magnificent place of beauty!

The town consists of 7,500 residents and is the commercial center of the region. In Gargalianoi you can find sports center, rural clinic and schools of all levels. From there you can visit all the nearby areas with tourist or historical importance and of course enjoy the local food and activities they have to offer!

History

In the area they have been found traces of habitation from the Early Helladic period (3000-2000 BC) and in antiquity it was under the rule of Pylos ruled equally by Nestoras. In the Venetian period it was referred to as “Gargaliano”, possibly from the name of a known Venetian who lived in the area. The village participated in the Greek Revolution of 1821, during which it was almost completely ruined, with more than a thousand volunteers recruited by Makrygiannis. After liberation, it was a mayor center of raisin production until the beginning of the twentieth century.

From Gargalianoi came the well known Macedonian Telos Agras, whose honor is held every year by locals in Agapineia event. Also from there came the 39th Vice-President Spyros Agniou and current Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilus, pretty important personalities of our century. Finally, there was teaching in a school opened in 1812, the scholar Kallinikos Kastorhis.

Products

In Gargalianoi, 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.

Gargalianoi offers all of the traditional and local tastes with the top quality, that only locals know how to produce.

Sights

Prophet Elias Hill
The hill on the northern side of Gargalianoi with a magnificent view of the plain and the isle of Proti, where you can see with a radius from Pylos to Filiatra. In clear weather, the islands of Strofadia and Zakynthos are distinguished also.

In the central square of Gargalianoi city dominates the church of the 18th century. Inside the Sanctuary of the Church, is saved the miraculous icon. In the city are still the spiritual center and the library that hosts various cultural events with the most important one  being “Agapineia”,  on the first half of July, in honor of the Macedonian Tellos Agras.

Best time to visit

Spring Breaks

Visitors who head to Gargalianoi 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 Gargalianoi.

Summer Sun

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

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

The town is at located at an altitude of about 300 meters and 5 kilometers from the sea level, 65 kilometers from Kalamata and 26 from Pylos. Marathopolis is the port, while opposite lies the isle of Proti, which was a pirates base in the past and has incredible natural beauty.

The nearest well known beaches for swimming are Mati , Lagkouvardos and Vromoneri. Not far from Gargalianoi you can visit other  important tourist locations like Kyparrisia, Filiatra, Marathopolis, Kalo Nero and plan your vacations as you wish!

How to get here

Driving: You’ll be able to drive from Athens to Gargalianoi in about three hours ten 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, Kalamata, Gargalianoi. 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 Gargalianoi 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 Trifylia  2761 360700
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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