Finikouda is a seaside village in the southwest of Peloponnese and also a popular summer destination mainly because of its exceptional long beach. It is located between Methoni and Koroni and offers a lot of great sandy beaches and plenty of historically important places to visit.
Finikouda was an ancient settlement and during the Antiquity when name of the city was “Finikous Lemen” which meant the port of the Phoenicians. According to some historic indications the city was established by the Phoenicians who used this place as a centre of their trading activities.
In the recent years Finikouda was a small fishing village and during the last decades has developed into a popular tourist destination providing numerous hotels and apartments, camping sites, restaurants, fish taverns and cafes. It is also considered as a paradise for the surfers, especially in August.
Finikouda belongs to the wider county of Messinia which is a land blessed with lots of great products. Number one product is of course the olive oil. The famous Koroneiki variety is produced here and you shouldn’t leave without buying some for you and your family. Olives also are famous here especially those called “Kalamon”. The wine of the area is considered one of the finest and in the area of Messinia you might also come across some wineries. Grapes, raisins, figs and honey are also popular products of the area.
Of course your first visit should be Finikouda beach. It is a long beautiful sandy beach with turquoise water that will astonish you. This peaceful coast is organized with umbrellas and sun beds and is ideal for families. Don’t leave without tasting fresh fish in the nearby taverns!