Of particular interest are the concerts, local celebrations and fairs, carnival events, as well as other traditional events (in relation to the local production of agricultural products) in which everyone together, locals and tourists, feast and rejoice - at one table - the messianic atmosphere of the celebration.
Kalamata International Dance Festival The Kalamata
International Dance Festival has managed to gain a great reputation over the years of its operation. By building bridges with world choreographic creation, it gives the audience the opportunity to get to know important creators who appear for the first time in Greece, as well as talented young creators.
A great festival takes place in September with the descent of the Miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary in Messina from Vulkanou Monastery. The Municipality also organizes unique carnival events of the Halloween with a feast that lasts all day and night. It also celebrates Easter strongly, reviving the custom of the wheat war that dates back to the time of the Turkish occupation. Many cultural events can be attended by the visitor throughout the year.
The fugarias of Ai Gianniou of Riganas and the custom of Kleidon in the square of the old town on the evening of June 23. Traditional oregano is offered.
Petalidi is Homer's Aipeia. The city in the following years was renamed Koroni (365 BC) and had many well-built temples, dedicated to Artemis the Nurse, Asclepius and Dionysus.
The bronze statue of Zeus the Savior adorned her market. The reconstruction of Petalidi took place in the later years (1830) during the reign of Otto.
The medieval picturesque Koroni, with its many mansions, its narrow streets, its island cantons and its many churches, is built on a promontory.
Finikounda got its name from the Phoenicians who built the Phoenic settlement in the area - near the Minagiotiko stream. According to another version, it was named so because of the many palm trees that grew on its lands. Once, however, it was called Bank and was an almost unknown village.
The roads leading to Methoni pass through Homeric narratives (ancient Pydasos) and Thucydides' stories. Through gigantic walls, strong towers and monumental gates, ruined Venetian houses, cobbled streets, Byzantine churches, underground cisterns and catacombs. The coastal town with the island aspect was one of the most famous ports of antiquity. The castle built by the Venetians is considered the largest and best preserved Venetian castle.
On the hill of Eglianos, there are the ruined ancient palaces of the king of Pylos, Nestor, and the king's vaulted tomb, as it is believed.
Editor: Fotini Anastasopoulou