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Holidays in Kalamata
Kalamata is a bustling seaside city in a historic and beautiful region in the Peloponnese. The city attracts foodies and culture vultures to wander its museum-lined streets and plan day trips out to Messinia’s ancient excavated cities. Rising above Kalamata’s domed roofs are distant mountains, rivers and olive groves, and the city rubs shoulders with little beach resorts that sit along the glistening Ionian coast.
June for sunny weather in the mid 20s (C).
Kalamata International Airport (KLX).
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The busy capital of the Messinia region still feels traditionally Greek, with a maze of white buildings and terracotta-topped roofs spreading down to the city’s marina. The charming pedestrianised city centre is filled with interesting museums, architecture and Greek restaurants. You could wander the winding streets browsing the art galleries and head back to the square for coffee out in the sunshine. Taste world-renowned Kalamata olives, try the local wines and grab a tasty lamb gyro from a local stand. If you’re itching for adventure, hire a car and venture out into the region’s mountain range and explore on foot or by bike.
Kalamata is the capital of one of Greece’s most historic regions. At its heart is the central square, Vassileos Georgiou, a bustling meeting point filled with little coffee shops and beautiful architecture on either side. The central square is a great place to shop and dine on authentic Greek cuisine. Pedestrianised streets lead off in all directions, dotted with Kalamata’s attractions including the Benakeion Archaeological Museum, housed in a striking neoclassical building. Another worthwhile visit is the superb Historical and Folklore Museum, housing artefacts from hundreds of years of history, including important relics from the Greek Revolution.
Surrounded by rivers, mountains and the sea, Messinia’s scenery is a playground for adventurers. Drive just two hours outside Kalamata and you’ll reach the foothills of Mount Taygetos, a mountain known for its deep canyons, thick forest and winding rivers. The best place near Kalamata for adventure, Taygetos has walking trails and climbing routes that are also popular with mountaineers and experienced mountain bikers. Winding through Mount Taygetos is the spectacular Neda River. The river is a popular challenge for river trekkers with its path through towering gorges, waterfalls and lush wetlands.
Kalamata is most famous for its olives, as the Messinia region’s beautiful climate creates the ideal climate for growing fruit and vegetables. The olives make superb olive oil, and Messinia is also an excellent wine growing region. A favourite local snack is a pastelli, a sesame bar with honey. The best places in Kalamata for dining are at the marina and on its lively main street, Aristomenous, for a good choice of authentic Greek fare, cafes and international restaurants. If you need to eat on the go, make it a gyro, a pita with roasted meat and creamy tzatziki sauce that you can pick up at a stand in the central square.
History buffs: Kalamata is in the heart of an ancient region, with Ancient Messene on its doorstep and a renowned archaeological museum to visit.
Foodies: Come and taste famous Kalamata olives in their home territory, plus the best figs in Greece and authentic Greek restaurants.
Explorers: Throw yourself into the wild, green foothills of Mount Taygetos and trek along rivers or climb its soaring peaks.
Language: The language spoken in Kalamata is Greek
Currency: The currency used in Kalamata is the Euro (€)
Local time: Kalamata is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time
Fly to: Kalamata International Airport (KLX).
Flight time from UK: Approximately 3.5 hours
Tourist Information: Further Kalamata tourist information can be found at www.visitgreece.gr
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Kalamata
Temperature: Highs of around 19°C in August.
Best time to visit: June for sunny weather in the mid 20s (°C).
Kalamata’s long, warm summers begin in April, when the mercury begins its climb through the 20s (°C) peaking towards 30°C in July and August. The sunny weather continues right the way through September.
On foot: Kalamata is pedestrian-friendly, with the central square Vassileos Georgiou at its heart and most places of interest situated a short walking distance apart.
By bike: One with an engine or one with pedals; there are lots of places to hire a bike in Kalamata, as the city is easy to get around on 2 wheels. There are bike paths near the waterfront and in the centre of the city.
By bus: Frequent and affordable bus and tram services run between the seafront and the main streets in the city centre.
Dance off: Kalamata hosts its annual International Dance Festival every summer. The festival has run for nearly 20 years, coming to the city in July and attracting professional dancers and admirers from all over. The festival is an exciting time to visit the city, with a packed programme of international and Greek dance productions, workshops and events.
Party of the year: In February, Greece joins in with the celebrations of Carnival. Kalamata is a fantastic city for experiencing the festivities, with performances, parades and dancing in its central square. Anticipate crazy costumes and parties lasting all day and all night.