City of Kalamata

Local information

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 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.

Walking around
The point of reference par excellence in the city of Kalamata is the legendary "Castle of Isabeau" where the renowned International Dance Festival takes place annually. It is amphitheatrically constructed on the site of the Farai acropolis offering a bird's eye view of the city. Constructed in the 13th century by William Villehardouin, it underwent subsequent additions and conversions by the Venetians and the Turks. Nowadays, it is an ideal open air venue for theatre, music and dance shows.
No less beautiful is the exquisite Palia Poli (Old City) at the foot of the Castle. The wider region boasts the Metropolitan Panagia Ipapanti church (1873), the patron saint of Kalamata celebrated on February 2nd, the 12th century Kalograion Monastery with the renowned silk weaving workshop, and the Byzantine church Agioi Apostoloi (13th century) with the brick enclosed masonry. The area is the hotspot for the city's youth, for it is the beating heart of the nightlife in Kalamata and by no means will it be still!



Must-see attractions

• The City Hall
• The Modern Greek Art Gallery, with paintings, sculptures and carvings
• The Benakeion Archaeological Museum (housed in the neoclassical building of the old Municipal agora) with findings dating from the Bronze Age to the Roman period
• The spacious central Vassileos Georgiou (King George) square with many coffee shops, meeting places and strolling venues for residents and visitors
• The pedestrian walkway of Aristomenous Street with many stores and coffee shops
• To the west of the square the neighbourhood unfolds around the picturesque railroad station with a network of pedestrian ways, small coffee shops, bars and tavernas
• The Folklore and History Museum, which is housed in the Kiriakou mansion, with traditional objects and relics from the 1821 Greek War of Independence
• The Municipal Theatre
• The Railway Park with exhibits of old motorcycles and railway wagons
• The seaside road in front of the city's extensive beach (4 km length with marvelous waters)
On the seaside of Kalamata, people can swim in crystal clear waters and enjoy lace-like beaches, which have been granted the Blue Flag award of quality. Along the seaside, there are several tavernas, ouzo restaurants, cafeterias, bars, clubs, whereas beach aficionados can enjoy all kinds of water sports.
• The western beach with the city's marina connected to the city centre via a cycle lane too


Municipality of Kalamata: (the website of the Municipality of Kalamata – only in Greek)  (the website of the Conference and Visitors and Alternative Tourism Bureau of the Commercial Chamber of Messinia) (tourist guide of Messinia) (from the website of the conference hotel – Elite City Resort)

Messinia (Regional Unit of Peloponnese): (tourist guide of Messinia) (from the website of Costa Navarino)

Region of Peloponnese  (Official website of Region of Peloponnese)

Hotel website

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