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Verga Beach Kalamata
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Direct flights Athens_ Kalamata in 2017

Olympic  Air will operate 12 flights weekly  Athens Kalamata in 2017

Operated by Olympic Air, Aegean’s subsidiary, the new flights from Athens will run twice daily as of June 1, 2017 until the end of September.


The new weekly flights — seven morning daily routes (departure time from Athens 10:40) and five evening routes (departure time from Athens 19:40) — will directly connect the Kalamata International Airport “Captain Vassilis Constantakopoulos” with the Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” and offer travellers increased destination accessibility, significantly reduced transfer times and enhanced connections with all major European and domestic destinations.

27 projects with a budget of € 31 million funded by the NSRF for Messinia

The Ministry of Culture has planned and developed a  large program  the field of protection and promotion of cultural heritage, we planned and developed at the Ministry of Culture a large program of interventions, for archaeological sites and  museums Emphasis  has been placed on creating new museums and upgrading the existing ones in emerging tourist destinations

In Messinia during the years 2010-2014, 27 projects amounting to a total budget of € 31 million are being funded by the NSRF, and well underway and in some cases already completed.

These projects, implemented by the local Archaeological Service and the Central Directorate of the Ministry of Culture

Nestor's Palace in Englianos
Nestor's Palace in Englianos

To cite an  example: the basilica in Christianoupoli, an excellent piece of work in a unique important monument, which has been completed, as well as the maintenance and rehabilitation projects in Hagia Sophia in Lagada, the Transfiguration in Samarina and "Analipsi" in Filiatra.

Major interventions and reconstructions are also being  financed in the ancient Messini, as well as the monasteries of Voulkanon and Velanidia.


Among other restoration projects we have the restoration of the Church of the Transfiguration in Niokastro in conjunction with the new archaeological museum in the building of Maizonos, the digital representation of the Battle of Navarino as well as smaller interventions in the building of Pasha and the Rampart Makrigianni in Pylos.

By the end of the financial period on 12/31/15, the Castle and the Kapodistrian School in Methoni, the Castle of Koroni, the Palace of Nestor in Englianos (with its newly acquired modern technological building and modernized visitor service areas), will show a completely different picture.

In addition,  the Dance Megaron of Kalamata, a modern cultural infrastructure, which is a cultural institution of international scope has also been completed.


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source Maniatakeion Foundation


A new tourism project in the region of Messinia, southern Greece set to open 2017

photo courtesy GTP
photo courtesy GTP

A massive tourism project in the region of Messinia, southern Greece, has received the go-ahead by the municipality following examination of its environmental effects, according to Greek daily Kathimerini.
Municipal authorities said the project would be positive for the local community providing employment opportunities, boosting the primary sector, attracting further investment and drawing more tourists to the region.
The Grace Group investment, to be located along the sandy Velikas beach, will include a 266-bed, five-star hotel, luxury residential villas as well as a thalassotherapy center, health spa, conference center, wastewater treatment plant, restaurants, bars, water sports and children’s facilities.
It is set to open in 2017. To read more click here

Navarino Environmental Observatory: Greek-Swedish Collaboration Continues for Another Five Years

Navarino Environmental Observatory
Navarino Environmental Observatory

 Messinia a scientific hub attracting global interest in the field of sustainable development through the work of the Navarino Environmental Observatory.


Navarino Environmental Observatory (NEO), is a co-operation between Stockholm University, the Academy of Athens and TEMES S.A., and is dedicated to research and education on the climate and environment of the Mediterranean region.

The Navarino Environmental Observatory (ΝΕΟ) will continue its top research on the effects of climate change in the Mediterranean region through the continued collaboration between Stockholm University, the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (BRFAA) and TEMES S.A. – Developers of Costa Navarino.

NEO, operating since 2010 at Costa Navarino, Messinia, is an international partnership between the academic community and the private sector which focuses on the field of research and education on climate change and the environment in the Mediterranean region.
As announced at an event at the Academy of Athens, the successful collaboration between the three parties has been renewed for the next five years. The event was held under the auspices of the Presidency of the Hellenic Republic
Internationally recognized research on the influences of climate change has already occurred at NEO and can be expected to continue in the future”, the president of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Professor Barbara Cannon, said during the event.

The collaboration between the parties — considered unique on a European level and a leader in innovation in Greece — is expected to further enhance the top level environmental and educational work of NEO.

Within its first five years of operation, NEO has already become known on an international level, due to its pioneering research work on climate change for the Mediterranean region. Scientists from all over the world are able to conduct frontline research, develop new research tools and methods and exchange knowledge and ideas, while educating the next generation of scientists.

The results of NEO’s research, focusing on the Mediterranean region, contribute to the enhancement of knowledge and the effective management of climate and environmental change.
According to the Director of NEO, Professor Karin Holmgren, for the coming five-year period, the observatory will make a substantial contribution to both a better understanding of the dynamics behind physical processes on earth and a better integration of physical and social data and theory, to reach beyond deterministic explanations of the relationships between climate, environment and societies.

On his part, the chairman of TEMES, Achilles V. Constantakopoulos, underlined that Messinia is now a scientific hub attracting global interest in the field of sustainable development.

“Through all our initiatives at Costa Navarino, we continue to protect and promote the region’s nature, aligned with the local communities, aiming at Messinia being acknowledged as an example of sustainability”, he said.

source:  Greek Travel Pages. To read to read the complete article click here GTP


Navarino Natura Hall by Hellenic Postbank

The interactive environmental exhibition centre has been formed through the collaboration of Stockholm University, the Academy of Athens, the Hellenic Ornithological Society, the Hellenic Marine Environment Protection Association (HELMEPA) and Navarino Foundation, with the support of the Hellenic Postbank.

This centre located in Costa Navarino, is dedicated to the nature of Messinia and aims to inform visitors, students and locals about the uniqueness and beauty of the natural habitats of the region and the work currently undertaken by NEO.

It also offers them the opportunity to familiarize themselves with environmental issues and learn how to reduce their impact on the environment by adopting small changes in their everyday habits.

source: NEO

Kalamata,  once again connected with the northern port city of Thessaloniki, with five weekly flights operated by Astra Airlines.

Kalamata,  once again connected with the northern port city of Thessaloniki, with five weekly flights operated by Astra Airlines.

Kalamata Airport will connect 18 new international destinations with the central Peloponnese.

The Municipality of Kalamata also said that schedules for Aegean Airlines and Astra Airlines have not been finalized yet, but that Aegean is expected to be handling most of the flights to major Europe destinations including Paris, Munich, Stockholm and Dusseldorf.

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Source: photo and text GTP

Greece Tourism Arrivals Surge 15.4% in 2014, Kalamata Sees Biggest Increase

International visitor arrivals to Greece’s main airports surged 15.4 percent to 14.5 million during the January-December 2014 period, according to  the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE).

Kalamata leads the way
With an 88.3 percent growth in international arrivals last year, Kalamata recorded the country’s highest increase.
Greece’s capital city, Athens, and second largest city, Thessaloniki, both saw an increase in arrivals from abroad.
Athens recorded a 29.4 percent increase of arrivals in 2014 to 3.3 million over 2.6 million the year before. In Thessaloniki, arrivals were up by 16.6 percent to 1.5 million compared with 1.3 million in 2013.
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source Greek Travel Pages