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Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO)

The Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) oversees Greece's marketing strategies and tourism promotion worldwide. Its primary objective is to develop and promote Greece's tourism offerings by crafting and executing strategic plans and initiatives domestically and internationally through its network of offices in 17 countries. The organisation arranges FAM and press trips, conducts workshops and roadshows in specific markets, collaborates with tour operators, and participates in global tourism fairs to enhance Greece's global reputation.

Through its website visitgreece.gr and Visit Greece app, GNTO invites travellers globally to explore Greece's rich history, culture, picturesque beaches, outdoor activities, city breaks, renowned cuisine, nightlife, and shopping experiences. GNTO focuses on promoting both well-known and lesser-known destinations and experiences across Greece, emphasizing sustainability principles in its initiatives.

GNTO actively contributes to formulating tourism promotion programs for each of Greece's 13 regions, working closely with regional authorities. Additionally, it collaborates with the National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government to develop educational projects for stakeholders in the domestic tourism industry, including both public and private sector entities.

Discover Beaches

One of Messinia’s highlights is its stunning coastline, with golden sand beaches and crystal-clear waters. From the famous Voidokilia Beach, with its unique horseshoe shape, to the tranquil shores of Kalamata, beach enthusiasts can indulge in activities such as windsurfing, snorkelling, and sailing, while those seeking relaxation can bask in the sun and enjoy the serene surroundings.

Dive into Ancient History

Messinia is the ideal destination for history and culture enthusiasts. It is home to the ancient city of Messene, which dates to the 4th century BCE. Visitors can wander through well-preserved ruins, marvel at ancient theatres, and explore the rich cultural heritage of the area. Additionally, the iconic Palace of Nestor, an architectural marvel from the Mycenaean period, offers insight into Greece's ancient past.

Explore Charming Villages

Kalamata, renowned for its olives and olive oil, offers local delicacies and countryside hiking trails. Further east lies the medieval town of Mystras, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Byzantine era churches, palaces, and monasteries adorned with frescoes and mosaics. Visit the towns of Methoni and Koroni, known for their Venetian castles and stunning sea views.

Cultural and Performing Arts

Attend the Kalamata International Dance Festival, a vibrant summer event at the historic castle of Isabeau in the heart of Kalamata. It features diverse dance performances, workshops, and events.

Wine Roads of Messinia

Messinia's wine roads wind through the wine-producing areas of Trifilia, Pylia, and Messini, all carpeted with vineyards, making them an excellent starting point for exploring the region.

Experience Medieval History

In the northeastern part of the Peloponnese, the historic city of Nafplio stands as a testament to the region's Venetian and Ottoman influences. Here you will find elegant neoclassical architecture, cobblestone streets, and a waterfront promenade. Visitors can explore the imposing Palamidi Fortress or wander through the narrow alleys of the old town, where picturesque cafes and boutique shops await around every corner.

Olympic Games

Ancient Olympia stands as a significant archaeological site in the Peloponnese. It is where the Olympic Games were born over 2,700 years ago, making it a pilgrimage site for sports and history enthusiasts. In the area around Ancient Olympia, engage in hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking, and kitesurfing.

Elafonissos: The island you’ll never want to leave

Elafonissos, with a 5,000-year history, is renowned for its exotic Simos Beach, stunning coastal beauty, and rich cultural heritage. Swim at Kontogoni, Panagia, Pounta, and Viglafia beaches. The island's name, meaning "deer," reflects its historical significance, as it was once inhabited by wild deer.

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