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Marathopoli village, Peloponnese

Marathopolis beach, Peloponnese, Greece

12 Months Activities Holiday Destination

Picturesque seaside village Marathópolis or Marathos, in the southwestern part of Messinia, is a picturesque seaside village. In summer the population of the village increased, as the area has a strong tourist industry. In Marathopolis function rooms, hotels, campsites and hostels. From morning to evening you can enjoy a coffee or a drink in the cozy bar and cafe area while the village is famous for its fish taverns. Marathópolis is at a strategic tourist importance. It is located in equal distances from various places worth a visit! From the palace of the legendary King Nestor of ancient Greece and the Museum of the Mycenaean period in the Country just 15 miles from the beautiful Pylos with its Venetian castle 15km from Ancient Ithomi 55 km while from Ancient Olympia 80 km. Marathópolis is located very close to Gargalianous (8 km.) where you will find banks, various shops, and farmer’s market (every Saturday), the Kyparissia (27 km. ) with its harbor, historic Pylos (33 km.) and the capital of the prefecture Kalamata (65 km.).

There are many ways to get in Marathopolis

By airplane – Airport Kalamata – distance 55km., Athens International Airport distance 280km.

Airport Araxou – 190km. distance.

By car – From Athens via the highway (E94-E65): Athens – Corinth – Tripoli – Filiatra – Marathópolis.  From Patras through the highway (E55): Patras – Pyrgos – Gargalianoi – Marathópolis. From Kalamata via the local road: Kalamata – Costa Navarino – Marathópolis.

Transfer from Kalamata airport to your accommodation and back

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

Lagouvardos Apartments

www.lagouvardos-apartments.gr

7 apartments (50sq.m.) Occupancy 1-3 persons per apartment. Max 21 persons group bookings. Forest view, located in olive groves Yoga friendly, Wi-Fi (free). 200 meters distance to the beach. 2km distance to Marathopolis

Breakfast Option

Room prices do not include breakfast. Breakfast served at Albatross café-bar (2km distane) at Marathopolis village.

www.albatross-marathopoli.gr

Across the island in the first longer hub with easy access from anywhere. A versatile space that these location seems to hover in the Ionian Sea! You can choose the large central living area or outdoor deck to have a great time enjoying your coffee or your drink!  Bar will give another meaning to your night out after the evening is the perfect concept for relaxing and Entertainment.

Restaurants Options

“Ο Argyris” Fish Tavern

The tavern “Argyris” 1950, stimulates the tourists with the seafood chowder and greens. If someone opened an English or a German tourist guide for Messinia will surely fall on the “Argyris” traditional taverna on the beach that is the jewel of Marathoupoli since 1950. The famous tavern Nikos Marine who continues his father’s work with the same passion, overlooks the island of the First and coffee on the rocks while easily detected by the hordes of hungry tourists who flock to the traditional fish soup which is the specialty of the tavern.

“Panorama” Restaurant

www.panorama-marathopoli.gr

We welcome friends of good, traditional Greek cuisine, with an emphasis on taste and quality of service. Good Food should be accompanied by good wines, carefully selected to complement the chef’s creations.

Sports & Activities

Cycling green and blue routes…

The bicycle is considered as one of the best ways to get to know a new place. Naturally, it takes place and to offer the opportunity to make cyclists pedal without worrying about cars, traffic, pedestrians, security and everything else can be found on their way. If indeed, it is a place with no traffic then the route can be even more enjoyable in the tranquility of nature. The coastal road that connects with the Marathópolis Lagouvardos is such a trip!

Enjoy scuba diving in Marathopoli – Proti island!

Scuba diving is a sport that spreads to form a pandemic offers thrills to millions of people around the world aged from 8 years old until well into old age. The charm and mystery of the underwater world of the First Island. The rushes, Tigkanakia, the Valley of the Kaléndes, the Blue Hole, Shipwreck just waiting to be explored! An activity for all who will take you on a magical environment where nearly zero gravity, you will catch yourself observing the beautiful aquatic environment ecstatic crowd of colors decorating the deep blue sea. It’s time to experience the dizzying experience of scuba diving in the Isle First!

www.ioniandivecenter.gr

Enjoy Windsurfing, S.U.P, Surf!

Lagouvardos is a unique beach of incomparable beauty, which attracts visitors for quiet moments in the blue waters and especially for offering water sports. From October to April, Lagouvardos is ideal for wind surfing. Enjoy your hobby into a magical setting!

2 Golf courses at Costa Navarino

Two of the most enviable golf courses of our country and the world in The Dunes and The Bay Course in Costa Navarino you can enjoy the hobby. The spectacular seaside golf Navarino Dunes was designed by Bernhard Langer, double-US Masters champion and leader of the Ryder Cup, in association with European Golf Design. An exciting challenge for all golfers. www.costanavarinogolf.com

Climbing and Hiking at Proti island

The island of Proti is a beautiful little island just across the Marathópolis Messinia. It is just one mile from the coast and is arid and uninhabited. However, it is a very interesting place with a history that starts from very old.

Proti Island, boat tour, swimming, snorkeling (5 minutes from Marathopolis port)

The name of this island, due to the sea god Proteus, son of Poseidon and has great archaeological importance. There are the ruins of the Mycenaean citadel or pre-classical era with wall and circular turret. The island of Proti mentioned by Thucydides because there “being a desert” in 424 BC parked temporarily due to storm, the Athenian fleet (Athenian squadron) of Demosthenes, homing of Zakynthos and continuing to Pylos, where close to it, on the island Sfaktiria besieged protestors there Spartans (Thucydides IV 13). Reports on this are by Strabo and other ancient writers. According to local traditions was previously naval reserve, probably not even at different times and hideout Pirates, Crusader Saracens who were hiding there and their treasures (I. M. Martinis, “Diary of Greater Greece – The island Trifiliaki First ‘Tom. 13, No. 13 (1934), pp. 185-200). On the island there is also the temple of Artemis Efploias that in place of rebuilt church of Our Lady. In the heyday of piracy, the first was as a base of the privateer Maniatis Katoulias and the battleship “Spetses” prosormistike there in 1899, to be saved from the storm that raged in the Ionian Sea. A unique experience is also a visit to the monastery of the Assumption of Gorgopigi located north of the beach Vourlias and attracts many devotees on 15 and 23 August.

Gialova lagoon, coach tour, a protected area (20 km from Marathopolis)

The wetland Yalova (Divari) is of particular ecological interest as a milestone of many migratory birds. To identify this rare bird species such as herons and flamingos, ospreys, Black-winged Stilts, avokettes, sandpiper, snipe, curlews, tartaric, terns, and the only species of chameleon in Europe.

The African chameleon changes color depending on his mood. The wetland Yalova is a protected area after measured between species have been quite belonging to Greek endangered avifauna.

Between the wetland and the sea behind sydentra junipers and thyme moschomyrista hiding another surprise, the Voidokoilia, a perfectly round beach framed by undulating dunes.

Ancient Messene, coach tour, archaeological site built in 369 BC (50 km from Marathopolis)

he southwestern part of the Peloponnese, near the present village Mavromati in antiquity was the city of Messina, the most important ancient cities of the region with significant historical presence. The city was founded in 369 BC the Theban general Epaminondas and Argos allies, in order to exclude the Spartans from the region of Messinia. The specific location for the establishment of the new town is said to have chosen after the miraculous discovery of the point where the covenant was Aristomenes, Messenian hero, which was mediated by priests and seers. According to Pausanias, the colonization of the new town were invited back Messenians immigrants in Italy, Sicily, the Evesperides in Libya, and in several other cities where they had taken refuge . Most responded positively to the call for the colonization of the new city and, together with the liberated helots and their neighbors, the first population apartisan volume of Messina The city got its name from the mythical prodoriki queen of the country, was the daughter of the Argive king Triopas and wife of Laconian Polykaona. According to Pausanias, the Messina deified around the 10th century BC and eventually was named one of the principal deities of the city. Ancient Messene was surrounded by a wall of about 9.5 km in length, most of which stands until today. It included two gates, the Arcadian (or gate Megalopolis) and Laconia. The latter was destroyed in the 18th century, but the first, the Arcadian, in a fairly good condition, and indeed was the hallmark of the city for the first travelers, who used to reflect on the etchings. It is a massive, imposing gate, circular, with two entrances, one indoor and one outdoo . In ancient Messina have also come to light in the theater, the Agora, sanctuaries of Demeter and the Dioscuri, Zeus Saviour and Isis and Sarapis, the shrine of a hero , the mighty fountain Arsinoe, a large Doric temple, Asclepius, which was the brightest public building, the Ekklesiasterion, reminiscent somehow small theater, stadium , high school , and from later times , an early Byzantine basilica of years.

The layout of the city followed the so-called Hippodameian system, where all the buildings have the same orientation and the space is divided into horizontal and vertical axes. Instigator of this system was Hippodamus Miletus , architect , surveyor , planner and astronomer who lived around the 5th century BC , who supported his system at the beginning of egalitarianism, equality before the law and equal shares , which were the principles of democratic polity . The city fell victim invasion of the Goths in 395 AD under Alaric, when it began gradually deserted. It never ceases certainly be one of the best preserved ancient cities in the world and one of the most interesting archaeological destinations.

Ancient Olympia, coach tour, the birthplace of Olympic Games (80 km from Marathopolis)

Olympia was the ancient sanctuary dedicated to Zeus, with events introduced every four years in honor of, the notorious Olympic Games. The first Games were held in 776 BC, when, according to tradition , Lycurgus of Sparta came to an agreement with Ifitos , King of Elis , on the establishment of religious events at Olympia in honor of the god . At maturity, indeed, it was agreed that all Greece would prevail truce. The celebrations were held regularly every four years, until 393 AD, when the emperor Theodosius I abolished them, denouncing them as a pagan custom. The games were revived much later, in 1896, when at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin organized again in their hometown after many centuries , and have since established itself as a global event .

The discovery of the area was in 1766, excavations were initiated much later, in 1829, by the French Scientific Mission to the Peloponnese . The first major excavation began in 1875 led by German archaeologist Ernst Curtius. By 1881 they had come to light important findings, such as the notorious Hermes of Praxiteles and win the Paionios. Between 1908-1929 excavations performed again by Wilhelm Dörpfeld. Between the years 1952-1966 in the excavations at Olympia worked by Emil Kunze, Hans Schleif and Alfred Mallwitz. Since then and until today there were several investigations confirmed many dates and came to light many details. Investigations are continuing to this day, as the archaeological site seems to have a lot more to uncover.

In the center of the site is the Altis, the sacred forest, which includes the most important buildings. Here stands the magnificent temple of Zeus , from the most important monuments of the site, seen as the largest temple in the Peloponnese , and even here kept the brilliant gold and ivory statue of Zeus , height 13 meters , made by the sculptor Phidias the early 430 am X. The statue is considered one of the seven wonders of the world. According to the dedicatory inscription of the Spartans, the temple was built in 456 BC and a model of the Doric order. In the north there is the old church, which was dedicated to Hera. This temple must have been built around 600 BC, as a tribute to the sanctuary of Olympia residents Skillous , an ancient city of Elis . In the temple guarded one of the most important and most valuable works of the sanctuary, the Hermes of Praxiteles.

The church now survives only in fragments, and some fragments in the Archaeological Museum of Olympia . There is also the Registry, a temple dedicated to Rhea – Cybele, the mother of the gods, and the back of the treasures that were erected as tributes the Greek cities and colonies. To the west stands the Nymphaeum: aqueduct was dedicated by Herodes Atticus in the sanctuary. Besides these there was the Philippieion, tribute of Philip II , the Prytaneum the Pelopio , and many altars , statues and Hadrian . Outside the Altis met one the parliament , the South Stoa, Gymnasium , where he trained athletes, the Palaestra, the workshop of Phidias, the Baths, the Leonidaion, the villa of Nero , and of course the Stadium, where the Olympic Games were held , capacity of 45,000 spectators

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