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Holidays to Kalamata

Sitting pretty on the southern tip of Greece, within the beautiful Peloponnese region, you’ll discover the bustling seaside city of Kalamata. This place is an absolute haven for foodies; it’s Greece’s culinary heart and the land of olive oil, you’ll find lush groves galore lining the roads. Built on top of the ancient city of Pharai, Holidays to Kalamata are a favourite destination among culture lovers; as well as the charming Old Town, you’ll find museum-lined streets to pique your interest. On top of all that, you’ll find little beach resorts along the Ionian coast, serving up relaxation and a wealth of watersports.

35 °C

Long, dry summers with scorching peak temperatures in July.

4 hours

Kalamata International Airport (KLX)

Book a holiday to Kalamata with us today to immerse yourself in Greece’s ancient cities or explore the wild, sun-drenched countryside.

Recommended offers in Kalamata

Panorama Resort

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Family-run hotel
  • Fantastic views
  • Two outdoor pools

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Based on 92 reviews

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Based on 4 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Villa Kosta

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Only 50m from the resort centre
  • Close to the beach
  • Family-run hotel

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 171 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 3 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Aiolos Hotel Apartments

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Modern studios and apartments
  • Overlooking the sandy beach
  • Only 400m away from resort centre

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 61 reviews

Thomas Cook Customer Rating
Based on 3 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Golden Villas

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Quiet location
  • Near to the beach
  • Well-equipped rooms

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

Manis Rose

7 Nights, Self Catering
Hotel highlights
  • Close to the beach
  • Central location
  • Stunning views

TripAdvisor Traveller rating

Based on 38 reviews

What is included ?

  • 15kgs Standard Luggage Allowance
  • ATOL Protection
  • 24hr Connected Service
  • Return Transfers

When it comes to things to do here, you’ve got masses to choose from. You’ll get a real feel for traditional life too, as it still feels authentically Greek, with its maze of white buildings and terracotta-topped roofs running down to the city’s marina. Whether you’re a foodie, a history buff or a beach lover, there’s plenty to keep you occupied throughout your holidays to Kalamata. You can spend your time dining in traditional tavernas (don’t forget to try the olives!), exploring museums and ancient sights, or soak up the glorious sunshine down on the beach. And if you feel like heading out beyond the city, you can hire a car and venture out into the region’s mountain range and the foothills of Mount Taygetos.

Kalamata is the capital of one of Greece’s most historic regions, Messinia. At its heart, you’ll find the fascinating central square, Vassileos Georgiou. It’s a bustling meeting point brimming with little coffee shops and stunning architecture on either side. It’s one of the best places in the city to dine on authentic Greek cuisine. Pedestrianised streets head off in all directions; stroll down them to discover the wealth of attractions, including the Benakeion Archaeological Museum, which is housed in a striking neoclassical building. The Historical and Folklore Museum is another highlight; it houses artefacts dating back centuries, including important relics from the Greek Revolution.

Surrounded by rivers, mountains and the sea, the scenery in the Messinia region is an adventurer’s playground. Just two hours outside of here, you’ll discover the foothills of Mount Taygetos, a mountain known for its deep canyons, thick forest and winding rivers. There’s no shortage of trails and climbing routes here, popular with mountaineers and experienced mountain bikers. Winding through Mount Taygetos you’ll see the spectacular Neda River, with its gorges, waterfalls and lush wetlands. If you’re looking for something different on your Kalamada holidays, the great outdoors is, quite literally, a breath of fresh air. 

Holidays to Kalamata draw in foodies from all over the world. It’s known for its famous olives, made plump and delicious by the Messinia region’s beautiful climate. You won’t want to leave without picking up some olive oil to take home with you. It’s also worth looking out for pasteli; a popular local snack made with sesame seeds and honey. You’ll find lots of lovely places to eat out on the chic marina and the lively main street (Aristomenous); the authentic Green restaurants are a great choice if you want to experience local flavours for yourself. But if you’d prefer to eat on the go, make yours a gyro from the stand in the central square, a pita with roasted meat and creamy tzatziki sauce.

Kalamata Greece is best for…

Foodies: You won’t be able to resist sampling the famous olives in their home territory. If you’ve got a sweet tooth then the figs here are some of Greece’s finest; you’ll find them served up in lots of the local restaurants. 

Culture vultures: Kalamata in Greece is situated in in the heart of an ancient region, and you’ll see a glimpse into its past in the pretty Old Town. 2,300-year-old ruins await over in Messeni, less than an hour’s drive away.

Explorers: Go and explore the wild, green foothills of Mount Taygetos and spend a day trekking along rivers or climbing soaring peaks. Or you could take a drive along the 59-km road between Kalmata and Sparta; it’s one of Greece’s most beautiful drives.


Fast facts

Language: Greek, although English is widely spoken in the major tourist spots.

Currency: Euro (€).

Local time: 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Kalamata International Airport (KLX).

Flight time from UK: Around 4 hours.

Tourist information: To find out more, it’s worth visiting www.visitgreece.gr before your Greece holidays. 

Visa & health: Check our www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/greece for visa and health recommendations and advice for holidays to Kalamata.


Weather and climate

Temperature: Temperatures peak in July at a scorching 35°C.

Best time to visit: If you want the best weather for exploring, book Kalamata holidays for spring, when average temperatures hover in the mid-teens (°C).
In summer, you’re all but guaranteed good weather in here. Things really start heating up from June, and by mid-summer temperatures above 30°C aren’t uncommon. Rainfall is virtually non-existent until early autumn, when the city can experience heavy storms from time to time. Rain showers persist throughout winter, but you can still enjoy plenty of sunny days and pleasant highs in the mid-teens.


Getting around

By bus: You’ll find regular bus and tram services running between the seafront and the main streets in the city centre, and tickets are low-cost. 

By bike: Hire one with pedals or one with an engine; either way, it’s a great way to explore. You’ll find bike paths near the waterfront and in the city centre.

By hire car: If you want the absolute freedom to explore the region and beyond at your own pace, this is the best way to travel around. You can pick up a hire car at the resort, and prices tend to be affordable.


Events

Carnival: In February, Kalamata joins in with carnival celebrations across Greece, you’ll find plenty going on. Explore colourful performances, parades and dancing in the central square, and crazy costumes and parties throughout the day and night. 

Independence Day: It’s celebrated annually in Greece on March 25th, with festivities and events taking place across the country. Kalamata is a superb place to experience it, with parades, great music and spectacular firework displays galore. 

Kalamata International Dance Festival: This festival has taken place here every year for 20 years. In July, the city hosts exciting events in venues across the city, featuring established and up-and-coming dancers and choreographers from all over the country.


Why choose Thomas Cook

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