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Garden in Messolongi

Garden of the Heroes

Just beyond the Gate of Exodus (a stone archway where Ottoman forces massacred Greeks trying to escape on 10 April 1826) is this memorial garden, which contains a prominent statue of Lord Byron. When Byron died, the…
Greek in Messolongi

Tourlida Restaurant

A large sculpture of a fish skeleton hangs over the door of this stunning spot – as quintessentially Greek as it gets. It's a bright and breezy eatery set over the water, with multicoloured chairs and a 180-degree v…
Museum in Messolongi

Museum of History & Art

This intimate neoclassical house museum off the main square is dedicated to the Greek War of Independence and features a fine collection of Byron memorabilia and paintings. The passionate and informative overseer, D…
Cafe in Messolongi

Café Le Port

Large, glass-walled cafe-bar overlooking Klisovo Lagoon and the yacht harbour. You'll get your share of summer yachties here, along with locals looking for an icy fredo espresso or something, other than a boat, on t…
Taverna in Messolongi

Dimitroukas Restaurant

Operating since 1975, this local favourite is Messolongi's longest-standing eatery. A third generation now runs this friendly spot, which serves up no-nonsense Greek cuisine of fish (eel and octopus) and charcoal-gr…
Arts Centre in Messolongi

Diexodos Museum of Literature & Art

A labour of love for a local lawyer, who restored the 19th-century mansion, this beautiful gallery houses a private collection of rare paintings and hosts exhibitions and cultural events throughout the year.
Cafe-Bar in Messolongi

Byron Cafe

Grab a morning coffee or an evening drink at this shady oasis on the main square, Plateia Markou Botsari, named after English poet and defender of the Greek Revolution, Lord Byron.
Taverna in Messolongi

To Avgo tou Kokora

Friendly taverna near the main square (Plateia Markou Botsari), serving up the day's catch of fresh fish, well-prepared salads and pasta dishes.