Mouth-watering olives aren’t the only drawcard in Kalamata, a lively city perched on the Peloponnese Peninsula. Visitors can also enjoy excellent shopping, lively nightlife and fascinating museums. A beautiful stretch of sand is the icing on the cake for the Messinian capital.
Things to do in Kalamata
Narrow laneways wind through the Old Town, which is set in the shadow of the 13th-century fort. Peer into beautifully restored Byzantine churches and shop for handmade souvenirs. The enclave is dotted with traditional “kafeneio” coffee houses where you can sip espresso alongside locals.
Entrance to the 13th-century fort is via a stone staircase that leads up to an impressive gate. Stroll around the ruins of the ancient fort and climb up onto the battlements for gorgeous views over Kalamata and the Mediterranean Sea.
Visit the Archaeological Museum of Messenia to uncover the rich history and heritage of the region. The galleries are full of treasures, including ancient Roman mosaics, gold jewellery and pottery unearthed from Mycenaean tombs.
White pebbles and crystalline water make Kalamata Beach perfect for a day in the sunshine. Relax under the shade of a beach umbrella and cool off in the Mediterranean. The waterfront is lined with lively hotels and restaurants where you can enjoy fresh seafood and ouzo on ice.
Guided tours of the Kalamata countryside take you to picturesque olive farms. You’ll love wandering through the silvery olive groves and learning about the art of planting and harvesting. Many tours include farm-style lunches featuring feta cheese, flatbread, vine-ripened tomatoes and of course, olives.
Getting around Kalamata
Kalamata is compact and easy to get around on foot, especially in pedestrian-friendly areas such as the Old Town. Local buses run throughout the city and to the beach while rental cars are a good way to explore Kalamata at your own pace. Kalamata International Airport is a 20-minute drive away.