• Proti Island
    an island with a history starting several years earlier.



The island of Proti is a beautiful little island just across the Marathópolis Messinia. It is just one mile from the coast and is arid and uninhabited. However, it is a very interesting place with a history that starts from very old.


The name of this island, due to the sea god Proteus, son of Poseidon and has great archaeological importance. There are the ruins of the Mycenaean citadel or pre-classical era with wall and circular turret.


The island of Proti mentioned by Thucydides because there "being a desert" in 424 BC parked temporarily due to storm, the Athenian fleet (Athenian squadron) of Demosthenes, homing of Zakynthos and continuing to Pylos, where close to it, on the island Sfaktiria besieged protestors there Spartans (Thucydides IV 13).

Reports on this are by Strabo and other ancient writers. According to local traditions was previously naval reserve, probably not even at different times and hideout Pirates, Crusader Saracens who were hiding there and their treasures (I. M. Martinis, "Diary of Greater Greece - The island Trifiliaki First 'Tom . 13, No. 13 (1934), pp. 185-200).

On the island there is also the temple of Artemis Efploias that in place of rebuilt church of Our Lady.


In the heyday of piracy, the first was as a base of the privateer Maniatis Katoulias and the battleship "Spetses" prosormistike there in 1899, to be saved from the storm that raged in the Ionian Sea.

Monastery of the Assumption of Gorgopigi

A unique experience is also a visit to the monastery of the Assumption of Gorgopigi located north of the beach Vourlias and attracts many devotees on 15 and 23 August.

Vourlia Beach

Swim in the crystal clear turquoise waters of the beach Vourlias between greyish rocks.

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In the "Grammeno" is engraved around 30 post-classical carved inscriptions, Roman and Byzantine era. These inscriptions express wishes of, at various times, sailors fleeing with their ships in the cove of the island to be saved from the tempest and the gods wished to donate the remainder Efploias journey.

Some of them: "Hey ... Efploias TD neo mean Ephesian attached Hermes visa". "Efploias thee Eutyches (s) Dioscuri Smyrna". "Efploias thee glad aura (n) not bring to us".



Marathópoli is one of the most beautiful corners of Messinia.


Proti Island

Proti Island with the monastery of Panagia Gorgopigi.



It is 15 km from the palace of the legendary King Nestor of ancient Greece and also 15 km from the Museum of the Mycenaean period in the Country.


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