History of Finikounda

The name of Finikounda comes from the ancient people of Phoenicians. The Phoenician Harbour was first reported by Pausanias, who had toured the area. Similarly, the Phoenicians, a maritime people, had colonized the region, founding a small city, the Finikounda, who was mainly shipping and transit centre in the early Greek period. This city was located to the side of the sea opposite the south end of the beach Makrinammos, which is located near the beach of Finikunda. Sometimes Finikounta was a pirate hideout. Due to the terrible earthquake, unclear when, the small Phoenician state sank to the seabed. The Phoenicians who survived settled on the hill of the Ascension, which lies between the two beaches. Up on the hill have been archaeological discoveries, which reveal the existence of a very old village. Today is the Cemetery of Finikounta.

Today Finikounda

Finikounda is a beautiful resort on the southwestern tip of Europe and particularly in the southwestern Greece between Aegean and the Ionian Sea. Finikounda, administratively, is a municipal district of Pylos-Nestor and belongs to the province with its capital at Pylos which is located southwest of the capital of the prefecture of Messinia, Kalamata.

Finikounda has about seven hundred people engaged in tourism, horticulture, cultivation currant, olive growing and fishing and is located between Methoni and Koroni, known from the long history of the castle town.

From Methoni is twelve kilometers, about ten minutes of an hour and from Pylos twenty-four kilometers, about twenty minutes of an hour.