The enticing seaside city that dances to a different tune
Kalamata has everything you need for a delightful day at the beach
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Between the peaks of Mt Taygetos and the Gulf of Messinia, Kalamata has developed a cult following by those who have discovered it

Arriving in Kalamata by plane or car, you may well be on your way to Mani, but why not stay a while and get caught up in its charms? Magnificent Mt Taygetos towers above a city that boasts modern cafes, beach bars, restaurants, hotels, markets, historic buildings, a port, a summer dance festival and a pulsating nightlife. The capital of Messinia, in the blessed land of the Peloponnese, knows just how to enjoy itself.

What to do in Kalamata

An endless beach with limitless possibilities

Walking barefoot in the sand will give you plenty of time to appreciate Kalamata’s seemingly endless beach, stretching 5km from Verga to the port of Kalamata. Bustling with life are major hotels, busy beach bars, designer cafes, tavernas and ouzeries, water sports and funfairs – everything you need for a delightful day at the beach.

The city of a thousand faces

There are so many sides to Kalamata and it is worth getting to know them all. Check out the fortified castle from the Middle Ages, the renowned dance festival that attracts fans from all over Europe, the nunnery where traditional handkerchiefs are still made by hand, neoclassical buildings, 19th-century churches, fashion boutiques, art shops and traditional cafes. This city in the Peloponnese is chock full of surprises!

A walking tour in up-and-coming Kalamata

Dolce vita after sundown

Kalamata really dresses up for a night out. Bright lights, dance music, chic gatherings, racing engines and the curtain rises for the evening’s entertainment in the heart of the Peloponnese. Grab the opportunity and carpe noctem. You won’t get back to the hotel before the cocks crow.

Tracking down history, a step at a time

Discover the city’s history, imprinted on every street and building. You’ll come across sights and attractions everywhere in Kalamata. You could start with the church of Ypapanti, which stands out in town with its belfries and silver domes. North of the church is the Municipal Odeon on Alexandraki Street. At the corner of Kyriakou and Agiou Ioannou streets, a neoclassical building houses the interesting Historical and Folk Museum. 

Further south, Othon Square used to be the site of the central market. The Municipal Gallery, in another neoclassical building, is on Papazoglou Street, almost directly across from the town’s Archaeological Museum. In March 23rd Square you’ll find the historic church of Agii Apostoli, which was built around a much older Byzantine church. Every step has a story.

Blowing the whistle on... The Railway Museum

One of Greece’s first theme parks, its steam locomotives, diesel engines, passenger and freight cars and two-storey central station building make it a treat for kids of ALL ages! You will also see a water tower with a cylindrical stone base, embarkation platforms and a 28m-long metallic foot-bridge. 

Branching out to Messini

This town west of Kalamata has the advantage of being a stone’s throw from the longest beach on the Gulf of Messini. Besides that, it boasts a pretty park with tall trees, fountains and an old clock tower, ringed with dozens of restaurants, grill houses, cafes and attractive shops. 

Ancient Messene, a ‘brand new’ archaeological site

Just 30km north of Kalamata, the city of Messene, founded in the 4th century BC, is becoming one of the most exciting archaeological sites in Greece. Noteworthy for its outstanding perimeter walls erected in the 3rd century BC, its massive Arcadian gate and eight surviving towers, Messene was little more than a green valley before its secrets began to be unearthed as recently as 40 years ago.

Since then, however, important remains have kept coming to light – temples, houses, walls and public buildings – in excellent condition. Now you can walk freely among them and feel like a true citizen as you visit the Agora, the Temple of Artemis Orthia, the Stadium and Heroon, the fountain and various dwellings. What’s more, the ancient theatre has been restored and opened for performances in the summer of 2013.

Hidden gems of Kalamata

The Kalamata kerchief

The local craft. Richly commemorated in Greek songs, the kerchiefs are still made on hand-operated looms. You can find them in the shops around the church of Ypapandi. But be warned, the genuine article is NOT multi-coloured.

Paplomatadika of Kalamata

This is one of the most exciting parts of the city’s historic centre, full of traditional cafes, hole-in-the-wall shops, ouzeries and grills lining the cobblestone streets of Kalamata.

Secret arcades

As you walk down Aristomenous Street, make sure you duck into the Londos and Varvoutsis arcades, which are full of people and places to eat.

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FAQs about Kalamata

  • Versallies: More than just a traditional taverna or restaurant, Versallies offers delicious meals reminiscent of home-cooked food. The menu changes frequently, drawing inspiration from local culinary traditions and seasonal ingredients.
  • Kardamo: Kardamo Comfort Cuisine blends traditional and upscale Greek gastronomy with unique dishes served in a refined but warm atmosphere.
  • Thiasos: True to its ouzerie or tsipouradiko style, Thiasos is a popular meeting spot for locals to enjoy a tsipouro or ouzo and the house speciality … roast piglet with crackling.
  • Nikitas Souvlaki: Lauded by locals as one of the best places for souvlaki in Kalamata. The unique flavour comes from the use of extra virgin olive oil and a special marinade, complemented by speedy, friendly service.
  • Souvlaki Panagiotis: Renowned for its freshly made pita with souvlaki, made with prime meat and yogurt seasoned with Fleur de Sel sea salt from Mani and hand-picked oregano from Mount Taygetos.
  • Zaxaroplasteio Skiada: A traditional sweet shop on Ypapantis Street whose galaktoboureko (custard pie with filo pastry and sugar syrup) is famous around Greece.
  • Oinopantapoleio Chrysomallis: A landmark of the city, which opened as a grocery store in 1958 and quickly transformed into a wine shop and taverna with a reputation for constantly evolving.
  • Ou Blexeis Rakomeze: Relaxed and open-hearted meze restaurant with an atmosphere from an old black and white Greek movie … just in colour.
  • Secada: An all-day ‘beach and resto bar’ on Navarinou Street by the seafront, with seafood and high-end and imaginative bites and more.
  • Notias: Excellent seafood and meze in a wonderful location, by the Kalamata marina.
  • O Mylos: A traditional taverna about 20km outside Kalamata, serving hearty food and built around a water feature that gives it a special atmosphere.
  • Ego: An all-day beach bar & restaurant on Navarinou Street, with cocktails, coffee and creative bites, perfect to combine with a day on the beach.
  • Luna Lounge: Conveniently located and with ample seating for all occasions. The ambiance is enhanced by an extensive collection of wines and spirits, paired with a varied menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 
  • DOC: A quaint wine bar tucked away in a corner of the square opposite the old railway station, DOC boasts an impressive wine selection.
  • Kastraki Meteοro: A must-visit locale in Kalamata, with a stunning view at sunset and fantastic cocktails that make it an unforgettableexperience. With a wide variety of food and snack options.
  • Bistroteca: A popular locale that stands out with its relaxed atmosphere, tasteful decor, and cozy corners. Perfect for quiet coffee dates or people-watching.
  • Le Jardin:  Known for its boho atmosphere and impeccable cocktails, by the beach on Navarinou Street. 
  • Afon Lambou: A confectionery shop founded by six brothers in the 1950s, famous for its sweets and ice cream.
  • Philippos: Established in 1958 and the place to go for pasteli and other nut and seed bars.
  • Polyfimos: Specialists in cheeses, including sfela, graviera, kefalotiri and saganaki Messinias
  • Allantika Oikonomakos: Specialists in charcuterie in a quiet side in street Kalamata’s old town, including locally produced sausages and pasto.
  • Aroma Manis: A pasta factory using the purest local ingredients, as well as traditional hilopites (egg pasta) and other types of pasta and pasta flavoured with spinach, beetroot and other vegetables.
  • Potopoiia Kostea: A family-owned company specialising in locally brewed distillates, including ouzo and tsipouro, that supplies many of the ouzeries and restaurants of Kalamata
  • Taygetos: A traditional pasta factory specialising in noodles and hilopites, as well as handmade wheat trachana and lalangia.
  • To xeiropoiito: Traditional local products made by hand (as the name of the shop translates), including olives, preserves and ‘spoon sweet’ confectionery.
  • Trofopolion 51: Specialists in local products including fantastic honey, Kalamata olives and olive products, preserves and more.
  • Gevseis Manas Gis: Tastes of Mother Nature (as the name translates), with a selection of local products as well as lalangia and diples.
  • Vryonis – To Spiti tou Agroti: A treasure trove of locally produced pulses, olives and more served by the kilo in sacks and barrels
  • Bachart: Attractively presented selection of local products, from mountain herbs to lalangia.
  • Oikogenia Poulopoulou: Specialists in pasta (hilopites, penne etc) as well as diples and other delicacies

Experience the best of Kalamata

The first monument as you enter is the theatre, built in 3-2BC and regarded as one of the greatest examples of its kind

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