Messinia is a place that you can very easily call natural world heritage. Dominant mountain in Messinia is mountain Taygetus, the natural frontier between Messinia and Laconia. 115 Klm long, having twelve peaks (Profitis Helias is the greatest one in altitude 2.407m), a number of myths go around the name of Taygetus (“Tays” in ancient Greek means “great”or “a lot”). It has four climatic zones: in its low slopes, Mediterranean climate.
Moving upwards, mountainous climate (rain and snow for four months a year), subalpine zone and finally apline zone. Rich in all altitude, there are 700 plant species in mount Taygetus, 32 of which grow only in the highest peaks.
On the slopes of this mountain, Pamisos, Messinia’s greatest river has its source and reaches throughout the Messenean Gulf.
In the forest of Vassiliki (one of the most important forests in Greece and Europe) you will find many rare trees. Olive grows in lowland, proof of the fertility of the Messenean ground. You will find cereal fields and raisin vines all over the country.
On the 145 km long coastline, apart from the white sand, the big pebbles and the steepy rocks on the beaches, you will also account with bays, covers, creeks and capes and rocky islets. The waters of the place known as Well of Ennoussae, offshore Pylos, hold the greatest depth in Mediterranean(5000m).
You will find palm-trees, cactuses, tamarisks, yellow-green reeds by the sea. Bushes and underbushes, pine- trees and tall eucalyptus trees.
Diving, surfing, sea-skiing and all kinds of activities can be engaged in full safety.
Pay visit to the gorges of Vyrou, Neda and Ridomus, to the caves of mountain Taygetus and the waterfalls.
Admire the long living trees (17 trees, 200-250 years old) on the roof of the church Aghia Theodora, a 10th century monastery.
Take alpine climbing, hiking, mountain cycling and other sports in a verdurous landscape.
Visit the islands across the mainland(Proti, Sfaktiria, Sapienza, Sxiza, Venetikoand other smaller islets)
The long sunny periods in dry-warm climate awaits you in Messinia.
Have a taste of Sfela, a special kind of cheese and an exlusive Messenean product and try the olive-oil, the Kalamata table olives, the honey and of course the varieties of wine( vineyard areas exist ever since antiquity).