Mesolongi

Town in West Greece

During the War of Independence, an Ottoman siege led the citizens to a heroic sally out. The relative monument and museum are of high interest.

Attractions & Things to Do in Mesolongi

Mesolongi Museum of History & Art

Located at the central square hosts many exhibits dedicated to the heroes of the historic Exodus.

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A picture showing the Roe Caviar of Mesolongi (Avgotaracho) after and before the preservation process.
photo: Gkatselis

Roe Caviar of Mesolongi

«Avgotaracho»

It is a local delicacy of salt-preserved, cured fish-roe, also known as bottarga.

DIEXODOS Cultural Center

Inaugurated in 2014, it hosts a great variety of over 2000 books and records in a 18th-century building.

← W
< 1km

House / Museum «Trikoupi Family», Mesolongi

Old mansion that was the family house of the Trikoupis family and was erected in 1840.

↙ SW
< 1km

Mesolongi Lagoon

«Limnothalassa»

22.000 acres salt lake with one-meter median water level, stands for its salt and fish production as well as for the famous caviar (avgotaraho).

↘ SE
< 1km

Garden of Heroes

Impressive monument complex dedicated to the guards and the fighters of the city who lost their lives during the battle for independence.

↑ N
< 1km

The Mesolongi Byron Society

A non-profit organization founded in 1991 and housed at the upper floor of the house of Lord Byron in the city of Mesolongi.

← W
≈ 1.1km
The pedestrian and cycling path that connects Mesolongi and Tourlida island.
photo: eirinika.gr

Cycling Way Mesolongi - Tourlida

A unique 4 kilometers route that combines a pedestrian and cycling path and reaches the island of Tourlida through the lagoon.

↓ S
≈ 1.7km

Patras

If you are in Greece in February, visit Patras for its popular carnival. This city also hosts an Odeum from Roman times which is still operational.

↘ SE
≈ 32.8km

Rio-Antirrio Bridge

«Charilaos Trikoupis»

A megastructure and the second connecting point between Peloponnese and the Greek mainland.

→ E
≈ 43.1km
Small boats anchored at the small fortified port of Nafpaktos.
photo: Dimitris Karagiorgos

Nafpaktos

It's a charming coastal town with a picturesque, fortified port, famous for the Battle of Lepanto (1571) between Europeans and Turks.

→ E
≈ 48.4km

Questions & Answers about Mesolongi

Why Visit Mesolongi?
  • Its name derives from the Italian words mezzo & langhi that mean "between lakes".
  • Significant Mediterranean wetland, famous for "Avgotaracho", the local caviar.
  • Since 1937 it's officially called "Sacred city" due to the heroic Exodus of 1826.
What does Mesolongi mean?

The Greek city of Messolonghi is located in western Greece in the prefecture of Aitoloakarnania. Its name probably derives from the Latin words "messo" and "laghi" (messolaghi) which means "a place between lakes". This is the reason why historically its inhabitants were mainly fishermen who lived in floating houses made of reeds.

Why is Mesolongi so famous?

Mesolongi became well-known in Greece, and throughout the world, for the historic Exodus (exit) of its residents after a heroic resistance to the siege of Ibrahim Pasha. Since 1937 is officially called "Sacred city" due to the heroic Exodus of 1826. The modern Messolonghi is a beautiful city, with traditional buildings many of them inhabited by great figures of the Greek Revolution and the political life of modern Greece.

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