Kitries (Greek: Κιτριές, older form: Kitriai) is a village located in Messenia, Greece. It is part of the community Doloi within the municipality West Mani. Kitries is located southeast of Kalamata and NNW of Areopoli on a by-road off the road linking Kalamata and Areopoli. Kitries sits on the Mani peninsula. The village lies next to the Messenian Gulf, backed by hills.
Much of the population is rural and the main economy is based on agriculture with some business also relating to restaurants, education and bars. The income is in the middle range. Much of the population left after the war in the 1950s. The settlement features a restaurant by the sea and several attractions. Olive groves cover the area around Kitries and hills eastward. The area is nicknamed the "Dark Taygetos" because the sun is hidden by the mountains until the mid morning hours. Kitries also features a lighthouse on Cape Kitries. The ERT television programme called Menoume Ellada (Living in Greece) featured Kitries in January 2006.
Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire
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