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Feel like a pioneer explorer in unknown unspoilted villages of Messinia with a rich history and outstanding natural beauty !!
Unique natural beauties and attractions await tourists. An unknown and undiscovered enviroment of ecosystems and traditional settlements with rich history caves, ruined villages , small rivers with waterfalls,with running waters, gathers beauties for every taste and preference – the only certainty is that you will not stay unsatisfied!
Papaflessas, also referred to as Ano Kontogoni or Pano Kontogoni and formerly as “tou Kontogoni” or Kontogoni, is a mountainous settlement near Vlachopoulos and belongs administratively to the Municipality of Pylos – Nestoros, in the Prefecture of Messinia. The village of Papaflessas came, in 1915, from the renaming of an older settlement, known until then, as Kontogoni and which consisted of two smaller settlements: Ano Kontogoni (or Pano Kontogoni), known today as Papaflessas and Kato Kontogoni (or Kato Kontogoni), known today as KontogoniThe village, which is located at the foot of Mount Koufieros, the semi-mountainous complex of Kontovounia, has a long history that follows the history of Messinia and the wider area of both Methoni and Pylia. The area of the settlement, in antiquity, was part of the kingdom of Nestor, of ancient Pylos. The village exists, at least since the years of Venetian rule and its older name was Kontogoni. The newest name was given to the village in honor of the fighter of the Revolution of 1821, clergyman and politician Papaflessas, who fell fighting during the Battle of Maniaki (May 20, 1825).
Maniaki is a village in the prefecture of Messinia known from the “Battle of Maniaki”, which took place in May 1825, during the Greek Revolution. In it, Papaflessas and his lads were tragically killed by Ibrahim’s Pascha forces. Maniaki is located at an altitude of 590 meters and at a distance of 33 kilometers north of Pylos and 44 kilometers from Kalamata. In the historical Maniaki are today the churches of Agios Grigorios and Agios Konstantinos, the statue of Papaflessas and the church of the Resurrection, where the bones of the fighters of the battle in Maniaki are kept.Further north, at the “Tambouria” site, on the way to the village of Flesiada, a monument to Papaflessas has been erected. Travelers can see from afar on a rocky hill a pyramid with a pointed end and the church of the Holy Trinity, a minimal tribute to the fighters.
The cave of Koufieros and the great sacrifice of 1770 : At the back side of the mountain Koufieros opposite Alikontouzi,there is a cave with a long historical past. It is the cave of Koufieros or the cave of Agioi Anargyroi as it is called today.From 1610, the inhabitants of the villages of Pano and Kato Kontogoni, Alikontouzi, Paidemenou, Margeli, Voutaina, Zapandi etc. resorted to this cave in every invasion of Turks or Albanians. They also took refuge there in 1770, in Orlofika, to escape the furious Albanians.The safety of the cave was a given and all the time they had escaped from the great calamities. In fact, according to a tradition, an underground gallery led down to the river Velika. It was, however, fatal in the time of the Orlofs for the cave to go down in history with a new sacrifice of Hellenism. In a babbling way, information was given about the existence of the cave to the Albanians, who surrounded it and tried to take it, but failed due to the efforts of its brave defenders and the inaccessibility of the ground. Then they threw flammable materials inside, set fire and burned alive most of the Greeks who had taken refuge there.
Till today the walls of the cave are blackened by fire. The existing hagiographies were destroyed. Only at the top, at some point one can see the figures of Saints Kosmas and Damianos.
That is why since then the cave was named “cave of Agioi Anargyroi”.
Important Notice : The visit to the cave is under the responsibility of the visitors. There is a risk of possible dangers from rock falls and the visit to the cave is done in parts in smaller groups and in a short time, which is defined by the tour guide, always guided by the safe passage of visitors.
Potamia is a mountainous settlement, without a permanent population, near Chora and is administratively part of the Municipality of Pylos – Nestoros, in the Prefecture of Messinia.The present village from 1835 until today is officially and diachronically mentioned only as Potamia. In various sources-references there is relative confusion and sometimes, incorrectly, the present village is identified with the synonym of the village, Potamia in the area of Koroni, which also belongs today to the same municipality, ie the Municipality of Pylos – Nestoros. That village was formerly called Kanteroli or Kanderogli or Kantirogli, it belonged first to the old Municipality of Kolonida, then to the former Municipality of Koroni and later, in 1956, it was renamed Potamia. The village has a long history that follows the history of Messinia and the wider area of both Pylia and Trifylia. The area of the settlement, in antiquity, was part of the kingdom of Nestor, of ancient Pylos.
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Prices / minimum 4 persons
85€/person for minimum 4 participants.
70€/Kid age 10+ for 4 participants.
Prices / 5 up to 8 persons
80€/person for minimum 5 participants.
65€/Kid age 10+ for 5 participants.
For less or more participants please contact us in order to offer you flexible rates.
This tour is available all year,depending the weather conditions and you can select your date during the booking process. We’ll then get back to you with the confirmation.
If you don’t find any dates that are suitable for you, just get in touch by phone or email and we’ll let you know if anything can be arranged. We always do our best to get the experience that suits you best.
Comfortable sport shoes - clothing.
Sunscreen (during summer months).
Swimsuit for swimming in the rivers or small river lakes.( In summer period there is luck of water and it might be impossible to swimm).
Hiking shoes or trainers (Open shoes, sandals or flip-flops are unsuitable).
Hiking backpack (if available).
Extra clothing for change.
Meeting point : At your accommodation or Trigilidas travel main departure spot (Nedontos street 79, Kalamata - Behind of main square).
Departure time : 08:30 a.m.
Pick up points : from all hotels of city of Kalamata and Messini.
Final departure time , point and information will be advised by sms or email one (1) day before the departure of your tour.
Basic physical condition.
No hiking or walking experience required. Light walking is nessecery.
Please let us know if you have any food allergies or food intolerances.
Children need to be accompanied by an adult.
Participants should feel comfortable in walking and able to walk.
Implementation period: Late Spring, Summer, Early Autumn (upon request)
suitability: Suitable for all / relatively good fitness is required
For any tour is required a minimum number of participations in order to be materialized. In case of less participants our travel agency has the right to cancel the tour or to postpone the date in another with more participants.Last day of information about the materialisation of the tour can be 1 day before departure as some new last minute - bookings or cancelations can influence the tour.
Important Notice for the visit of cave Koufieros : The entry to the cave is under the responsibility of the visitors. There is a risk of possible dangers from rock falls and the visit to the cave is done in parts in smaller groups and in a short time, which is defined by the tour guide, always guided by the safe passage of visitors.A statement of disclaimer will be signed by visitors for the entry to the cave.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the prebooked tour.
All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned.
Social distancing is maintained in vehicles up to 65% of the total capacity per vehicle ( taxi-minivan-minibus-bus)
The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds.
Masks are required, please bring your own..
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