Verdant rolling hills, rugged mountains and gently sloping valleys. Pristine coastlines-among the longest in Greece, secluded bays and endless sandy beaches. Meandering rivers, crystalin lagoons and hidden waterfalls. Open vistas and stunning panoramas. And a wealth of flora and fauna. A total of seven different areas have been designated EU Natura sites.
A key stopover site in the flyway of migratory birds, the Gialova lagoon, Greece’s southern major wetland, has been declared an Important Bird Area (IBA), providing shelter to 271 of the 442 recorded bird species. It is the only refuge in Europe of the African chameleon, a unique species of reptile. It is also an archaeological site, making it one of the best known ecotourism destinations in Messinia.
Just 40 minutes away lies Messinia’s best kept secret – Polilimnio waterfalls. Polilimnio is an amazing spot full of green, small natural lakes and waterfalls. The ground’s landscapes create plenty of small lakes, some of them like natural swimming pools and waterfalls. The biggest waterfall reaches the height of 20 meters and is called Kadi.
The waters of Neda begin their journey from the numerous springs at the foot of Mt. Lycaeon, near the village of Petra;they meet with tributaries and streams from the nearby mountains;they flow under arched, stone bridges and through dark caves and falls, to the fertile meadows of the Kiparissia Gulf, covering a distance of 32 km. Neda and its villages-true gems of the Greek nature- maintain a rare, exotic beauty and give a new meaning to the words “recreation” and “relaxation”.