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Papadimitriou Kalamata
36° 21° Olive Oil
Poliana Company
Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Messinia Kalamata
Olive Oil & Oilves Agrovim
Kapa Evmelin
Ladi Biosas
My Olive Tree
Eleones Messinias
Ariston Ariston
description

Messinia is one of the most beautiful prefectures in Greece. Its landscape consists of an endless coast line and high mountains, and there are certainly many surprises for the visitor who takes the time to explore it,whatever the time of year may be.

The Taygetos mountain, the wetland of Gialova, the forest of evergreen trees with arbutus trees on the island of Sapouniza (a natural monument), Polilimnio (a succession of lakes), the mythical river Nedas and its gorge, the gorges of Viros and Rintomos and the island complex of Messinian Oinousses very close to the coastline, a refuge for wild birds and animals.

To walk in Messinia is to walk through history. This can be experienced when visiting Ancient Messini, the temple of Apollo Epikourios,      Nestor's Palace, the castles of Koroni, Methoni and Pylos and the numerous museums.

what to buy
  • Kalamata olives
  • Olive oil
  • Wine
  • Honey
  • Siglino (cured pork)
  • Sfela cheese
  • Lallagia (fried dough)
  • Fruit
  • Prickly pear paste
  • Pastel (sesame seed with honey)
  • Herbs&spices
what to see
  • Kalamata archaeological Museum
  • Castles in Kalamata, Methoni, Koroni, Pylos
  • Temple of Apollo Epikourios
  • Nestor's Palace
  • Archaeological site of Messini
  • Gialova wetland
  • Neda river
  • Waterfalls in Polilimni gorge
  • Beaches: Kardamili, Koroni, Methoni, Pilos, Kiparissia
what to taste

Messinia is mostly known for its Protected Designation of Origin Kalamata olives and Messinia olive oil.  Wine-making is also part of the area's tradition.  The region produces exquisite grape varieties which are then turned into high quality wine. Try both the white (roditis, fileri, asyrtiko, chardonnay) and the red (fokiano, mandilaria, carinian).  Raisins, fresh & dry figs, fruit & vegetables (oranges, tangerines, lemons, watermelons, melons, prickly pears, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants), herbs & spices and honey, are all very important products of the area.

Some of the most tasteful products and dishes of the area are: rusks, sfela (type of local cheese), olives, black-eyed peas with spinach, orange and olive salad, sausages with orange, cured meat with orange, siglino (type of cured meat), cooked piglet, meat in tomato sauce with chunky chips, prickly pear paste, and many more.


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