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About Kalamata


The natural beauty of Messinia with the indented shores, sandy beaches, forested mountains and fertile valleys, coexists with significant archaeological monuments. Kalamata, the capital and central port of Messinia, is situated at the site of ancient Farai. Following independence from the Turks and thanks to the exploitation of the fertile Messinian lands (producing olive oil, raisins, figs etc), it developed into a wealthy urban centre and a significant port. It is located 238 km SW of Athens.

About Kalamata

Walking around

If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity for a short holiday break before the start of the academic year, Kalamata is ideally situated for daily drives to a number of places of beauty and interest.

Beach lovers can make a day trip to the fishing village of Finikounda with its pristine Paradise beach, Anemomilos beach, and so on; the drive is about an hour and a half. Alternatively, Kardamyli is only half an hour’s drive away and offers a beautiful beach with spectacular sunset.

History lovers can visit the Homeric palace of king Nestor at the town of Pilos, an hour’s drive away; as well as the picturesque sea-side town of Koroni with its imposing medieval castle, an hour and a half drive away.

Nature lovers can visit mount Taygetos, one of the highest and wildest Greek mountains, and if you prefer driving to trekking, you can take the scenic mountain route to Sparta. Don’t miss the opportunity to buy local oregano from the villagers; your only other chance to find this exquisite herb will be at delis in London or New York at 7€ per 12 grams.

The foodies amongst you will find a region steeped in culinary and cultural tradition, don’t miss the opportunity to try the excellent varietal “coronaiki” olive oil (a perennial global favourite) and the local wines.

Must-see attractions

***Information can be found at “Mythical Peloponnese” at facebook, or see the video at youtube. In addition, http://www.visitgreece.gr/en/main_cities/kalamata.