Facing the fishing port of Marathopolis, lies the island Proti, a limestone island with a rugged coastline, riddled with caves. Its name comes from the sea god Proteus son of Poseidon. There has been since ancient times reserve sailors and pirates.
The point Grammena preserved carvings greetings seafarers since Byzantine times. Proti island has great archeological importance. In this preserved `Mycenaean citadel ruins or pre-classical era with wall and circular turret. On the island it was built the temple of Artemis Efploias and in that place rebuilt church of Our Lady.
In the heyday of piracy, Proti was as a base of the Maniatis Katoulias and privateer in the warship “Spetsai” was port in 1899, to be saved from the storm that raged in the Ionian Sea.
The Gialova’s wetland
An important habitat of outstanding natural beauty is the Lagoon of Gialova or Divari located in the prefecture of Messinia, three miles north of Pylos Bay of Navarino.
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The castle of Pylos
In the bay of Navarino, near the town of Pylos, there are two castles: the newest castle of Navarino or otherwise Niokastro and occidental, Paliokastro or Palionavarino. Niokastro built in 1573 by the Turks and stays in their possession until 1686, when it surrendered to the Venetians. In 1715 the Turks reoccupy Niokastro with Koroni and Palionavarino. In 1825, Ibrahim Pasha becomes the main of Niokastro until 1828, when it is released from the French general Maison. During the Second World War is originally the seat of the Italian and later German headquarters wide area.
The ancient Messina is one of the most important ancient town because of her size, shape and state of preservation, which still has a lot to offer. It is built on the slopes of Mount Ithomis in 369 BC by the Theban general Epaminondas in place of prehistoric Ithomis with the help of the Epitelis from Argos. Built for the settlement of refugees from Messinia and Arcadia and creating strong city, as a counterbalance to the hegemony of Sparta. Ancient Messina not only has temples and public buildings, but also imposing fortifications, houses and tombs.