A diamond in the rough, the lagoons at Messolonghi reveal more and more as you delve deeper into their natural history. The town is located between the Acheloos and the Evinos rivers and has a port on the Gulf of Patras. It trades in fish, wine, and tobacco. The stories of the people who have lived here and the bloody history that is remembered in the town’s museum are a link to Greece’s turbulent past. The locals that you will meet will show you Greece’s potential for a truly bright future.
Exploring the area
The town is almost canalised but houses are within the gulf and the swamplands. The Messolonghi-Etoliko Lagoons complex lies to the west. In the ancient times, the land was part of the gulf. The pelades (tradtional houses on stilts) are wonderful to photograph and are just a short walk or cycle ride from the fading decadence of the Theoxenia hotel. The salt production plant is another must see landmark and depending on the time of year you will be rewarded by either stunning pink waters or glistening white salt mountains to photograph. The wildlife is everywhere. Expect to see many different kinds of birds and animals everywhere you go. A little further out and there are many places to visit including Galaxidi, Ptolomeida and Patras. The famous Rio-Antirio bridge is also just a short drive away and the ferry that runs along side it provides some excellent photographic views of this architectural marvel.
Eating and Drinking
Being down by the water the tavernas are filled with the freshest seafood you could imagine. There are many excellent places to eat in town and our hosts know all the best ones!
Where to Stay
The Socrates Organic Village is located in an organic olive grove, near the historic city of Messolonghi, perched on the slope of a hill and surrounded by the verdant mountainsides of Arakynthos, enjoying a wonderful panoramic view. The hotel features a traditional taverna, outdoor bar, pool and sports equipment (basketball, volleyball, table tennis, archery, cycling).
This place offers you the chance to escape the chaos of every day life in a tranquil natural environment with plenty of space to relax and unwind.
How to Get Around
It is easy to walk around but most of the locals ride bicycles. It is possible to rent these from town and explore further into the lagoons and surrounding areas. By car you can reach many points of interest further afield.