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.
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.
More about Kalamata
Language: Greek, although English is widely spoken in the major tourist spots.
Currency: Euro (€).
Local time: Kalamata is 2 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.
Fly to: Kalamata International Airport. The transfer time to the main resort of Stoupa is 1.5 hours.
Flight time from UK: The flight time to Kalamata is 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.
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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.
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.