Krestena : Krestena is a beautiful town and is the seat of the Municipality of Skillounta built amphitheatrically in green piney elevations with the church of Saint George on the top. Skillounta was named after Scillus, an area near Krestena. The city is connected with three paved roads. Distance from Pirgos is about 22 kilometres SE, 2.5 kilometres E of GR-9/E55, S of Olympia, about 43 kilometres NW of Andritsaina, 88 kilometres NW of Megalopolis and N of Kyparissia. Its neighboring communities and villages are Kallikomi and Raches to the west, Ladiko to the northwest, Makrissia to the north, Grillos to the east and Vrina and Krouni to the It has 5.644 residents and abstains 20 kilometres south-eastern from the Pirgos. Krestena are found in the crossroad of the road axes that connects the historical region of Andritsena and Epicurean Apollo with the capital of the prefecture of Ilia, of Pirgos and of the road, that connects Ancient Olympia with the coastal region of Kaiafas (protected region Natural 2000 with medicinal sources). Its old name was “selinounta”. It was named after a small river that is found in the region.
The archaelogists identify the region with the ancient region named Skilountas, the place of exile of Xenophondas. Athenian historical Xenophondas was lodged in the region 392 before Crist and there wrote a very big part from his important work. Particular was the relation of region with Ancient Olympia which is separated from this via Alfios River. The historical Paphsanias reports that a piece of assiduity of fights had residents of Skillounta while the first temple that was built in Ancient Olympia was the Temple of Ira, it was offer of the residents of Skillounta. North-easterly of the modern town, on the top of the hill, there are the ruins of Dorian pavilion temple, of the 4th century before Crist., that is attributed in the adoration of goddess Athena of Skilounta, . In the same space are distinguished relics of a cemetery of Post-Mondern Age. Relics of ancient buildings are also distinguished in the region of village Makrisia. It is found 4,5 kilometres , northern where also was excavated a Dorian temple of god Zeus in the 5th century before Christ and a settlement lived from Geometrical as the Classic Years. Krestena can constitute base of operations for a lot of excursions in many beautiful places. Ancient Olympia abstains hardly 15 minutes and the route is very beaytibul, in the middle of green and next to Alfios. You can also visit the graphic mountainous village of Andritsena, it is round the 50 minutes but it has a lot of turns. Finally the famous Kaiafas abstains hardly 10 minutes, following the national road of Pirgos - Kalamata with direction to Kalamata. Unfortunately a big part of forest absolutely has been destroyed (the lake anymore appears also from the national road!!). In the islet that is found in the lake exists the graphic church of Saint Ekaterini.
You can arrive at Krestena in many ways:
Road transport: from Athens with buses of Hellenic bus station]. It is executed itinerary from Athens to Krestena. via Tripoleos and 300 kilometres via Patrases. If you come from Patras as soon as you pass the lanterns of Pirgos, you will follow the labels for Kalamata-. Kiparissia. You will come out in the national road of Pirgos-Kalamata. After 15 minutes you will see the label for Krestena.
Regarding the accommodation, there is one and only option at Krestena. There is the hotel Athina. If you go summertime you can remain in the coastal village Under Samiko where exist the rented rooms of “Giachou Barbara” (in greek «ΓιÜχου ΒαρβÜρα») and the camping Icarus (in greek: ºκαρος). More choices exist in neighboring village of Zacharo.
By the aspect of culture, last Sunday of Carnival is organized carnival. In the neighboring villages are organized also many traditional feasts. Indicatively, feasts are taking place in Frixa (8 - September-Virgin Mary), in Diasella and in Kalibakia on fifteen of August and in Brina (8 May of Saint Ioannis the Theologist). Regarding the athletic, the municipality has made work and the village has athletic installations that a lot of bigger cities would be envious of it. There exists a ground of football with lawn and closed basketball gym. The basketball gym entertained before two years the games of European championship of Adolescents. Also enough summers in the beach of Under Samikos (round the 5 kilometres) have been entertained games of Pan-Hellenic championship Beach - Volley.
At your leisure time you can visit the beaches of the region that are suitable for windsurfing and other marine sports as well as for walking on the sand. At Under Samiko exists also the infrastructure for beach - Volley. Also the river Alfios in the street to Olympia is advisable for fishing, rafting and walk at length of the river. Finally, there is the mountain of Lapithas that delimits the Municipality of Skillounta from the Municipality of Zacharo is offered for walk, bicycling and hunting.
Additionally there are many places of interests and monument. Opposite from the hospital, exists the monument of Heroes of Krestena. Next to the ground of football exists an open-air theatre. Finally a very beautiful building is the Villa Papalexi.
Villa Papalexi is found in the Eastern side of city. The architectural masterpiece of Chiller, that was built in 1891 as a residence of Nikos Papalexis of deputy of Olympia, (descendant of Moragianni Papalexis) and vice-president of Parliament (with the party of Trikoupis). In this villa was entertained in 1896 the French politician Klemanso, Prime Minister of France, in his tour in the region.
You can also see the brilliant monument of war in the Western entry of the city, done from the sculptor Falireas, with expense of the Association of Progressive people.
Also there is the Forest of Seferli, is piney with beautiful view at the hill in the entry of city, ideal for peripatetic campaign with the tourist shop of Municipality in his fringes.
A great monument is as well the Saint George (royal of 1830) in the north-western part of the city, on the hill.
Finally there is the dormition of Virgin Mary (a beautiful royal church of 1902). Next to it there is the pre-revolutionary church of Virgin Mary and the part that had been buried the robber Kontobounisios in 1833.
Krestena can constitute the base of operations for a lot of excursions in many beautiful places. Ancient Olympia abstains hardly 15 minutes and the route is very beautiful, in the middle of green and next to Alfios. You can also visit the graphic mountainous village of Andritsena, it is round the 50 minutes but it has a lot of turns. Finally the famous Kaiafas abstains hardly 10 minutes, following the national road of Pirgos - Kalamata with direction to Kalamata. Unfortunately a big part of forest absolutely has been destroyed (the lake anymore appears also from the national road!!). In the islet that is found in the lake exists the graphic church of Saint Ekaterini.
There are taking place a lot of local events – feasts. The most famous is “The feast of Grape”. It is a three-day binge cultural event with reports, concerts, folkloric dances, that are realised the first 10 days of August with main organizer the Association of progressive people of Krestena and are dedicated in the farmer and in the black Corinthian grape, one from the main products of the region.