The European Schools Newspaper April issue - Page 24

MESSENIA TOWNS AND VILLAGES IN MESSENIA PRODUCTS OF MESSENIA by Joanna Messenia has a lot of towns and villages. Some of these towns are Filiatra, Messini, Gargaliani, Kyparissia, Chora, Pylos, Koroni, Kopanaki, Vlachopoulo, Stoupa, Kardamili and Methoni. (by Joanna) Messenia has a lot of products. Some of them are figs, raisins, oranges, wine and of course the famous olive oil and olives. Avia and Akroyiali are coastal areas on the outskirts of Kalamata and Kitries is a picturesque coastal village with turquoise waters. EVENTS – FESTIVALS – FAIRS by Costas, Angelo and Socrates   Agios Andreas is a little port with endless enchanting beaches. It is a seaside resort where you can visit the remains of the Temple of Apollo Korythio or Korynthou. From Agios Andreas you can visit another village, Chrani.     Verga is a village consisting of the beach, Ano and Kato Verga. Kardamyli is a characteristic village of Mani with the remains of an ancient Acropolis and the fortress of Mourtzinos and the tombs of Dioscuri. In Kardamili you can visit the gorge of the river Vyros and enjoy its wild beauty, the island Merope, the village Proastio, Zarnata castle and Stavropigio, a village with traditional stone houses. (by Jenny, Chrysanthi, Mary and Evi) “saitopolemos”, an Easter custom Carnival events in Kalamata and Messini with the traditional “gaitanaki” (maypole dance) in the city’s central square the International Dance Festival in summer horse racing at the town of Plati on Easter Monday cultural events, theatrical performances and concerts at the Castle amphitheatre during summer, international sports events fairs and festivals in the villages of Messenia in summer saitopolemos