Standing in the shadow of the Castle, the Old Town is a picturesque set of little squares, charming alleys, imposing neoclassical mansions, old churches, museums, and shops with local products waiting for you to come upon them.
The Cathedral of Ypapanti, a magnificent example of Byzantine architecture is undoubtedly a “must see”. It was built in 1839 and inaugurated in 1879 and it’s the jewel and pride of the Messinian capital.
You won’t want to miss the Archaeological Museum. Located in the historical center, its exhibits re-create the development of the Messinian culture on a diachronic level traveling you from the prehistoric era to the Byzantine period.
The Historical and Folklore Museum will allow you to discover the pre-industrial way of life in the area. Its exhibits are related to agrarian and pastoral life, rural crafts, textile art, pottery, and urban professions.
Do not hesitate to wander around the narrow alleys of the Old Town where the cobblestone streets will carry you through space and time. The scenic backdrop will make you feel as if you were on a Cycladic island and it will whisper stories of centuries of glorious history.
Quench your thirst at the numerous charming cafès surrounded by the colors of bougainvilleas and the fragrance of gardenias.
Take a stroll and experience the local culinary delights.
Visit the medieval castle and admire the magnificent view of the city.
Wrap up your excursion in a delicious “pita with souvlaki” and head down to Navarino Avenue.
Here you can hear the heartbeat of the city, day and night.
The Navarino Avenue offers its 4 kilometers to its visitors tempting them to walk on its wide sidewalks under the palm streets, take a bike ride or dive in the crystal clear waters of its beach.
Few places in Greece and the whole world can give you the opportunity to live the unique experience of taking a swim while being in the city center.
The beach has tiny pebbles and it’s fully equipped with beach umbrellas, sunbeds or deck chairs, and coffee houses open during the summer months.
Alongside the shore, you can find lots of cafès, restaurants, a fun park for children, tavernas, bars, and clubs.
You can spend your day relaxing on the beach, getting a tan that will make your friends back home jealous, diving in the superb Messinian sea and tasting local dishes in the nearby restaurants.
At night, after a glass of wine on your guest house’s balcony, you can come back and immerse yourself in the intense nightlife at the bars and clubs of Navarino Avenue and have fun dancing till dawn.
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