Agios Nikolaos, Messenia

Agios Nikolaos, Messenia

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Agios Nikolaos, Messenia

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Agios Nikolaos (, Saint Nicholas) is a fishing village in the Mani Peninsula in southern Greece; it is popular with holidaymakers. The village, known to English-speaking tourists as "Ag Nik", lies about south-east of Kalamata, on the eastern shore of the Messenian Gulf, and about south of Stoupa, a larger tourist village. It is part of the municipal unit of West Mani in Messenia.

The population of Agios Nikolaos and similar fishing villages in this part of Greece fell rapidly in the decades after World War II through emigration, mainly to Australia, but since the road from Kalamata was built in the late 1960s the tourist business brought new prosperity to the area. Agios Nikolaos still has few tourist amenities, but the hills above the town offer Byzantine churches and spectacular views of the Gulf and of the Taygetus mountains further inland.

It is still an active fishing harbour with a fish market most days. There are several Tavernas and Kafenons around the harbour. There is an emergency medical center, a pharmacy, a post office, and several small grocery stores.

Agios Nikolaos was formerly called Selinitsa (meaning simply village, settlement). The name Selinitsa is still used by many locals. It was a centre of fighting during the Greek Civil War, being on the side of Government fighting the 'communists' who were mainly in the mountain villages. There are still three towers, built as machine gun emplacements...
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