This mainly mountainous area’s name is derived from Nestor, the king of ancient Pylos. According to Homer, Nestor led Pylos in the Trojan War with 90 ships and was considered a wise and prudent king. The Municipal Unit of Nestor comprises of the Municipal Community of Chora and the hill villages of Ampelofyto, Koryfasio, Metaxada, Myrsinochori, Paleo Loutro and Flessiada and one community on the coast, Romanos.
The main town of Hora is a bustling agricultural community of farmers and small businesses that is world famous in archaeological circles because of the significant discoveries that were made in the previous century at the Mycenaean Palace of Ano Eglianos, also known as the Palace of Nestor. The palace is located just 4 km south of Chora and is a fine example of Mycenaean architecture and is one of the best preserved royal buildings of that era in Greece. The palace is a monument of ancient information, which has survived for more than three thousand years, for a very peculiar reason; the fact that it was destroyed by fire was what helped it to survive! The fire “baked” clay tablets and other finds, preserving invaluable information regarding the language, religion, financial and social life of the era and the area. The palace site recently underwent major renovation making it more accessible to visitors and is well worth a visit to learn more of our ancient history and also to immerse yourself in the ancient landscape and take in the stunning views afforded by the site’s amazing location.
Chora is also home to the Archaeological Museum, which houses findings from the palace, as well as the surrounding area. Very impressive is the large number of gold offerings, such as cups and jewellery, which denote the prestige and great wealth of the ancient kingdom. Among Chora’s sights is Kefalovryso, located approximately 1 km outside the settlement, at the entrance from Kalamata, and also Aghia Sotira, with many waters and lush vegetation comprising olive and plane trees. Those who love the sea can enjoy the azure waters of the Ionian sea at the beaches of Romanos and Petrochori. Voidokilia Beach stands out as the most famous one in Messinia, and we think the most beautiful in Greece! The name derives from the great curve of its bay, which resembles the belly of an ox (vous = ox, kilia = belly) and is part of the Natura 2000 protected zone. Visitors can also experience nature by hiking in the villages of Potamia, Stavros, Flesiada, Metaxada, Paleo Loutro, and a visit to Koufieros’ cave should not be missed, where they will also find the chapel of Aghi Anargyri, chiseled into the rock.
The town and villages are well known locally for the many festivals and events that they organise throughout the year. So no matter when you find yourself in the area there is always something interesting to see or do.
See you soon in the Kingdom of Nestor!