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Kalamata, Greece

Kalamata is the main city and port of Messenia region, in the southwestern part of Peloponnese, Greece.

Kalamata is one of the most fortunate cities in Greece, mostly thanks to its geographic position. At the apex of the blue Messinian Bay and at the foot of

Mount Taygetos

, Kalamata is the ideal base for those who want to discover the secrets of Messinia, since it is central and many tourist and cultural destinations are easily reached by car. The best starting point for sight-seeing around Kalamata is the city's historical center. Just below the historical center is the commercial center. Aristomenous is the city’s main street with a large square. Home to numerous shops and cafes, it's worth a stroll just to enjoy the ambiance.

Below the city center is the coast. In the summer, the... Read more

Kalamata, Greece

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Kalamata is the main city and port of Messenia region, in the southwestern part of Peloponnese, Greece.

Kalamata is one of the most fortunate cities in Greece, mostly thanks to its geographic position. At the apex of the blue Messinian Bay and at the foot of

Mount Taygetos

, Kalamata is the ideal base for those who want to discover the secrets of Messinia, since it is central and many tourist and cultural destinations are easily reached by car. The best starting point for sight-seeing around Kalamata is the city's historical center. Just below the historical center is the commercial center. Aristomenous is the city’s main street with a large square. Home to numerous shops and cafes, it's worth a stroll just to enjoy the ambiance.

Below the city center is the coast. In the summer, the coast of Kalamata bustles with life, both during the day when the long coastline fills with bathers and at night, when young people fill the clubs. The port of Kalamata was once the center of the town's commercial and industrial development when it used to connect to all the Mediterranean centers. Navarinou Street, to the east of the port, is the "coast" for locals and the citizen's resort. At any time of the day or night, you will see groups of people strolling and talking by the sea.


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Kalamata, Greece: Port Information


Kalamata Port is a small coastal harbor. Local attractions and the city center are a short distance away from the dock area.

Get around Kalamata, Greece


On foot
Kalamata is very pedestrian-friendly. Since 2006, many pedestrian-only streets have been constructed around "Vasileos Georgiou" square (mainly known as "Aristomenous" square). Moreover, the vast majority of the historical center's streets are pedestrian only. It takes approximately 20 minutes to reach Navarinou street (Kalamata's coastal street) on foot, starting from the historical center.

By bus
Kalamata provides a cheap bus network. Line 1 starts from Kalamata's bus terminal, passes through most of Kalamata's main streets, such as Aristomenous, Faron and Navarinou, and reaches the Filoxenia hotel.

By bicycle
Kalamata has recently constructed a bicycle path starting from the town's market and passing through the historical center, Nedontos street (outside the town hall), "Vasileos Georgiou" square, the train Park, Limeniko (port) Park of Limeniko and Navarinou street. The bicycle path ends at Anastasi church. A 3 km extension is planned to connect the existing bicycle path with the town's marina and the Kordias sports complex. Furthermore, an automated rent-a-bike system is going to be installed.

 

What to see in Kalamata, Greece


  • Saint Apostles is a historic little church that was built in 1317 by Emperor.
  • Archaeological Museum of Messenia

    , Papazoglou 6 is a beautiful building of the Venetian-type built in 1742, where many interesting archaeological findings are exhibited, including a mosaic from Koroni that represents scenes from the worship of Bacchus.
  • Municipal Library, Papazoglou 5 - houses works of art that were donated after the destructive earthquake of Kalamata in 1986.
  • Historical and Folkloric Museum of Kalamata, Kyriakou and Ag. Ioannou 20 is housed in a small restored building. Visitors can see objects that date back to the Revolution of 1821, as well as read detailed information about the agricultural and productive life of Messinian inhabitants during the last century.
  • Temple of the Visitation of the Saviour (Ναός Υπαπαντής του Σωτηρος) built in the 19th century in a Byzantine-style, is a grandiose temple dedicated to the city's protector.
  • Municipal Conservatoire. On the steps above the temple and host of music events organized almost every weekend.
  • Castle of Kalamata. The castle is even higher up, on a pine-covered hill overlooking the sea. Built in 1208 by Gulielme Villearduin, it inspired Aggelos Terzakis's novel about Princess Izampo who had lived in the area. At the foot of the castle, there is the semi-cavernous Temple of Saint John that has probably existed since the post-Byzantine years. It is said that the citadel of ancient Pharai was below the castle.
  • Nunnery of Saints Constantine and Helen built beside the castle in the 18th century, you will also learn about the ongoing Byzantine tradition of weaving pure silk on “lakkoi” (looms).
  • Pantazopouleio Cultural Centre in the middle of Aristomenous, always has exhibitions, speeches or shows taking place.
  • Railway park (Parko OSE). The railway park, at the end of Aristomenous Street, is a pleasant surprise. It is the only open museum of this kind, where train engines and train cars of different time periods are placed in harmony in a green landscape. This place is a recreation ground for children and adults.
  • Military Museum, 10, "Mitropolitou Meletiou" Str.. closed on Mondays. Uniforms and war material since 1821 to the present days. Some armored vehicles are located in the courtyard Free entrance.

What to do in Kalamata, Greece


  • Visit the castle of Kalamata. You can have a nice view of the town and the sunset from the top of the castle.
  • Visit the Ano Verga area, at an altitude of 800 m., there is the beautiful village of Ano Verga with traditional architecture and a breathtaking view of the Messinian Gulf.
  • Just have a walk in Navarinou street start from the town's port and reach the Filoxenia hotel. You will be amazed by the beautiful landscape. And don't forget to visit the "Molos" (pier) and have a look at Mount Taygetos and the town's coastal frontline.

What to eat and drink in Kalamata, Greece


Eat

  • The cafeterias along Aristomenous and Navarinou are countless and full of life, with many people enjoying their warm ambiance in the winter or sitting on the chairs at the square during the sunny summer days.
  • O Tzimis (St Apostles Church Square), ☎ +30 27210 23999. Best souvlakia and gyros in Kalamata at this stand across from the church of the revolution in the square.

Drink

  • The marina area is home to loads of traditional (and not) restaurants and taverns. Limeni, Mangiona, Pyrofani, Argo are just a couple of the names you'll encounter while strolling along Salaminos (the main marina road).

Shopping in Kalamata, Greece


  • Learn more about the local products of Messinia while wandering through the historical center, visiting the small shops that buy their merchandise exclusively from local producers.
  • In the city center, Aristomenous (the main street with the large square) and the streets crossing it are home to numerous shops offering everything you might need.

Safety in Kalamata, Greece


Greece is one of the world's safest countries. Just use your common sense like in any other place.

Language spoken in Kalamata, Greece


 Greek is the national official language. English is widely spoken.

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June 20, 2019
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