Profile: The Location
The village : Is a typical Greek village with three tavernas serving excellent home grown produce. a cafe/bar. and mini-market. The villagers are friendly and they are used to the many European residence that live in the village, for all the year or part of the year. It stands approximately 860 meters above sea level. The location offers a quiet and relaxed atmosphere of great natural beauty. The beach at Santava is only a few minutes by car and along the Santava coastal road there are many tavernas and modern bars
The picturesque fishing village of Kitries is less than 10 minute drive from the village of Megali Mandiniea. It is a very peaceful and attractive fishing village with a small harbour and a couple of great fish tavernas and a trendy bar. A great place to have lunch and laze away the afternoon . The taverna owners have now put a few sun lounges on the small pebble beach and the sea is fantasic for swimming. Megali Mandiniea. is suited to either year round full time living or holiday accommodation. Only 10 km away is the major cosmopolitan shopping facilities of Kalamata. .
Kalamata is the capital of the Messinian Mani, the second city of the Peloponnese. It is a bustling city of 44,000 with a vibrant cultural life, art galleries, plentiful parks and a smart marina for yachts It is also a manufacturing centre and olive oil port, as well as a dock for the other fruits of Messinia. Kalamata’s claim to fame is its olives and figs. It is the place to buy ceramic pots or silk headscarves, a last memory of Messinia’s prosperous mulberry groves. Kalamata is as famous for these as it is for the Kalamatianos, a circle dance popular all over Greece.
The old part of the city with its Frankish castle is worth a visit and sits on a low hill at the north end of the town – just above the market and bus station. There is also a daily market in the old part of the town mostly selling fresh fish, meat, fruit and vegetables. The other market near the bus station is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays and sells a wide variety of things.
Other places worth a visit are the Archaeological Museum near the castle and the 11C Church of the Apostles. In the middle ages the city was called Kalamai, it got its name Kalamata (good eyes) when an icon of the Virgin was found, remarkable for her sympathetic eyes. You can check out the truth of this in the Church of the Apostles where the icon holds pride of place. In 1941 7,000 allied troops fell into German hands here before they could be evacuated by the Royal Navy. Every year Kalamata hosts reunions of these soldiers whose war ended so abruptly in German prison camps. Kalamata city centre is situated around the main square in Aristomenous Street. All the banks are here as well as a variety of restaurants, shops and an art gallery.