On this page you will find various links our members have found useful/interesting. If you know of any other useful links, please email with details to
Emergency Advice from the American Red Cross shows how to plan & prepare for dealing with emergencies - includes, flood, earthquake, heatwave, fire, power cuts and landslides (January 2016)
keraies.eett.gr/ Shows the phone antennae located and underconstruction, so people can check how far their property is from current or planned antennae - For the Mani see Maniatika (October 2015)
STINKYINK Information on Recycling all brands of empty ink and toner cartridges (May 2015)
Private weather station in Neo Proastio - Stephan Bartholomä (Zorbas)has a private weather station which is now available to the public online. It is English, German and French Note: The 'annual' rainfall is from July 1st to date (July 2014)
In case of serious fire near Stoupa - Adrian (tel 693 974 3046) from Mani Pools has offered their high power pump to use swimming pool or tank water, for fire fighting. (Dec 2014)
Sea turtle protection Details of the work of the Greek sea turtle protection society in the Peloponnese - Kyparissia Bay, Lakonikos Bay and Koroni (Dec 2014)
Sea temperature Sea temperature in Methoni with monthly min and max - updated every 10 days or so. This is the nearest we have found. (Dec 2014)
www.esepa.net/ E.S.E.P.A, Voluntary Corps of Greek firemen and replanters (Dec 2014)
emsc-csem.org Earthquakes: Look down the list for ones that have the region name as: "SOUTHERN GREECE" and the Lat & Long something like 36.24N 21.74E.You can also enter search criteria for any area. (Dec 2014).
www.meteo.gr/ The best weather! (Greek) 3 day forecast at 6 hourly intervals - English version available (Dec 2014)
wunderground Good local(Kalamata) weather forecast for up to 5 days. You can use this site to monitor weather in other parts of the world (Dec 2014)
First climate refugees A BBC broadcast from the Journey of a lifetime series. It is a journal following events as the inhabitants of a low-lying island that will soon be overwhelmed by the sea, are relocated.(2009)
It's a Green green world. If you are looking for a holiday, anywhere in the world, in a place that is ecofriendly, this is an excellent site. All the places listed have been evaluated as doing their best to operate in a sustainable way (Dec 2014)
The Mediterranean Garden Society has an active Peloponnese branch and welcomes new members (Dec 2014).
KALAMATA GARDEN COLLECTIVE: A blog charting the progress of a new collective growing project. The hope is they will eventually produce surplus vegetables for sale (2012).
Maria's Magical Mani - News, views and lots of photos of of Stoupa and the surrounding area by Maria Korma of Mani Cars (May 2017)
Diabetes tips - travelling with diabetes advice from WebMD (June 2016)
travelling-with-a-medical-condition - Advice on how to prepare, what for travelling safely from Insurancewith (June 2016)
Interactive packing list - Get organized with our interactive packing list which you can add to and print out (Jan 2016)
Guide to Travel Insurance - How to decide on appropriate travel insurance, check exclusions, make a claim (Jan 2016).
GAITSES VILLAGES - Lots of information(in Greek), photos and videos of the Ridomo Gorge and surrounding area - new website (Jan 2016)
Virtual Museum of Messinian Nutrition - The products, tools, recipes and traditions of the Messinian diet (Sep 2015)
The ExPat Help Desk, now LIVE - A centralised information source on services and products for ExPats (March 2015) .
Ekathemerini English edition Greek news in English (Dec 2014).
MANI A GUIDE and History - John Chapman: a comprehensive English language guide to Mani. (Dec 2014).
FRIENDS OF CHORA & TAIGETOS MOUNTAINS a Facebook page, mainly in Norwegian, about places and events. "This page is created so that more people will become familiar with Chora and Exochori. This is a wish from Maria Patrearchea who was born here". (March 2014)
XPATDIRECTORY The XpatDirectory is part of XpatAthens.com ; both provide information, resources and services to the English-speaking community in Athens and Greece, foreign citizens around the world who are interested in life in Greece, and Greek citizens who wish to stay informed with English language information.(June2013)
EUROPA is the official website for the European Union and has information on all kinds of legal matters including tax laws that override national laws (Dec 2014).
V.O.I.C.E. is part of the XPATATHENS website where topics of general interest to foreign residents are discussed (Dec 2014).
Aghios Nikolaos is the official site for the village. It has all kinds of information for both residents and visitors (Dec 2014)
agnik : A website for Ag Nikolaos complete with harbour webcam (August 2010)
GREECE IN BLOOM. is a blog by an Austrian documentary film maker about his journey around Greece by boat to depict a "timely portrait of Greece, in contrast to the miserable daily economic reports .(May 2012)
Ourbigfatgreekodyssey is a website and blog with stories and information about the Mani, by two British journalists (2010)
ANGLO info : An international site with good up to date information on many aspects of life in Greece, such as buying a car and telephone directories. (Dec 2014)
MANI HELLAS All kinds of information about the Mani past and present, collected by a Maniot(Dec 2014).
Gourmet in Greece : A 'foody' blog by Dave Rochelle, who lives in Mani. It also has a link to Peter Eastland's photo gallery.(2011)
Greece is Home This site has a wide variety of forums which cover issues such as Culture and Leisure, Formalities, Daily Life and Techie stuff (Dec 2014)
Local news from BEST TV Translations into English or German are not good, but enough to get the gist of a topic such as the opening of the new road from Tripoli to Kalamata (Dec 2014)
www.zorbas.de/ Zorba's Travel Agency with lots of interesting pages about Stoupa and the Mani including some local history and Athens-Kalamata buses
http://livingingreece.gr/ Living working and musing in Greece. Blog covering many aspects of interest to foreigners living in Greece(Dec 2014).
Messinia and the mani: Blog by Sarah McKellen who is a local real estate agent and has lived in the area for many years. Often has topical information of interest (Dec 2014)
Mani.sonnenlink Mani Sonnenlink in Pyrgos. They host seminars, have appartments for rent in a stunning setting and organise a summer music festival (Dec 2014)
Greek name days Listed by name or by date. For Greeks, name days ar more important than birthdays. Many villages celebrate the name day associated with their name eg Agios Dimitrios celebrates on October 26th.
Parcel Shipper - A UK and worldwide courier service from your door. They arrange for the item to be collected from your home or work at a time that's most convenient to you, then they take care of the rest. Chris Philpot Their commericial arm is impactexpress .(Dec 2014)
Tracking packages Tracking missing post in Greece. There is still something of a black hole between the UK and Greece where packages can disappear for up to 3 weeks, but at least it is now possible to see if a package has registered in the Greek system.(Dec 2014)
Festivals, Celebrations & Holidays in Greece - On this page prepared by Matt Barrett the travel writer, you will find information on most of the Greek holidays and celebrations (Dec 2014).
Hellenic Cosmos. If you are going to Athens the 'tholos' , in the Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre, is an interactive virtual reality theatre which is well worth a visit.(Dec 2014)
FLASH ΤΗΣ ΜΕΣΣΗΝΙΑΣ MAGAZINE - Articles about life and people in Messinia available on line (February 2016)
WRITERS ABROAD is a website connecting writers all over the world - They publish anthologies of members’ work.(October 2015)
MANIATIKA : Internet showcase for the cultural heritage of Mani (March 2015)
Tales from a Foreign Shore : The story in David Hatherley's book "The Journey to Filanthi", continues as a weekly blog(Dec 2014).
INSIDE the MANI The online version of the well established travel guide 'Inside the Mani' has many articles available free. The 2012 issue has a long article about Gaia in West Mani.www.stageplays.com/ The Internet Theatre Bookshop (Dec 2014).
The Summer of Ag Dimitrios - poems by Peter Hughes (Dec 2014).
The Poetry Archive You can now listen free to English language poems recorded by their authors, and poems from the past. There is a special section for children(Dec 2014).
Newsfinder : Newsfinder is an e-magazine.' It is dedicated to discoveries, trends in the humanities, sciences, travel news, x-treme sports, martial arts, alternative, technology, culture, sports. Its intention is to provide an opportunity for academics and non academics, here and abroad, to publish their opinions, critiques, reviews, works of art, literary creations, music performances, and research articles that have contemporary perspective and relevance. We, hope it will attract people with multidisciplinary interests.' (Dec 2014).
Μιλώ Ελληνικά/SpeakGreek A new free online speech training tool for learners of Greek as a foreign/second language (November 2015)
SOS Children's Villages : They have a Community centre in Kalamata which provides support for around 90 families in crisis. Food and clothing always welcome for their charity store. (April 2013)
ARTISTS WINDOW : Gill Tomlinson lives in Harakopio and during the winter, leads walks in the Koroni area. She also runs Art Workshops, generally on location (Dec 2014)..
NTDTV is a Chinese(New Tang Dynasty) global news channel based in New York which produces a 30min global news video in English, every day (Dec 2014)
www.mani.org.gr/ekdromes/ Inf. in Greek about Mani
Free translation Short pieces of text can be translated automatically(Dec 2014).
www.justgiving.com/ Fundraising made easy. If you want to start a campaign or support an existing cause, this is a useful site (Dec 2014).
Mythical Mani Dave and Sarah Bown own and run the Mesarea olive farm where they produce organic olive oil. They have also produced an excellent on-line catalogue of local flowers in seasonal order (Dec 2014).
vpnuk For a small monthly subscription, UK, Swiss, Spanish, Dutch, French or German TV can be received through a Virtual Private Network, as if you are resident in the relevant country. The UK version works well here (Dec 2014).
TELLYPASS - TellyPass is a service that unblocks the UK (and USA) streaming websites like Netflix, BBC iPlayer, iTV, Channel 4 and many more (Dec 2014)
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