Kalamata Travel Guide

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Kalamata Things to Do

  • Marina of Kalamata

    When we arrived in Kalamata we drove directly down to the beachfront but we took a wrong turn and ended up west of the port area. The first thing we saw there was the marina. Nothing special (unless you have your own yacht of course as this is the parking lot of numerous sailing ships) so we just walked a bit around, took some photos, noticed the...

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  • Beach of Kalamata

    Although there are dozens of good beaches around, near or further away Kalamata town has a good beach just 15’ walk from its center (it was a nice surprise for us when we just walked down to the beach back in 2001). It’s a long (more than 2km long) partly sandy (with lots of small pebbles) beach including the one near the harbor. The water is...

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  • Historical Center

    Leaving the central square (Vasileos Georgiou II sq) behind we walked into the Old Town of Kalamata. The historical center houses some of the main attractions, mainly around March 23 square where you can find the Holy Apostles church and the Archaeological Museum of Messinia while further up is the Ypapanti Sotiros (the cathedral of the city) and...

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  • Ypapanti Sotiros church

    Ypapanti Sotiros (Visitation of the Saviour) is a nice church of mid 19th century that is located on top of Old Town just below the castle hill. It was built in 1860 in byzantine style (cruciform type with a dome and large narthex) with two bell towers and it is dedicated to the city’s protector. It replaced an older church that was very close...

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  • Archaeological Museum of Messinia

    Behind the iconic byzantine church of Holy Apostles is the Archaeological Museum of Messinia. Before 1986 here was the Municipal Market but it was demolished after the severely damage by the 1986 earthquake. I didn’t have much expectations but I loved this museum, small in size it covers nicely artifacts that have been found all over the region....

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  • Central Square - Vasileos Georgiou II...

    The central square of Kalamata is long wide square in the heart of the city. The popular square among locals is 397meters long and 45m wide and it’s the only square that have changed so many names (12 in total!) the last two centuries always reflecting political changes. Back in 19th century there was no square here as this was just a wide area...

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  • Navarinou avenue

    Navarinou is the coastal road that runs parallel to the beach front on the east of the port of Kalamata. This is the most popular street among locals and visitors as it houses many café (some with nice decoration, check pic 3), restaurants and some hotel (with nice view to the sea I guess) and the proximity to the long sandy beach is a good factor...

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  • March 23 square

    Square of March 23 dominates the heart of Old Town in Kalamata with numerous stores, café and restaurants around. Its name is a reference to a historical date for the city as it was the day (march 23, 1821) when Kalamata was liberated from the Ottoman Turks. The square houses the iconic byzantine (11th c.) church of Holy Apostles where the Greek...

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  • Agioi Apostoloi church

    Agioi Apostoloi ( Holy Apostles) church is the most iconic church in Kalamata dominating the heart of Old Town. The historic little church was built originally built in early 11th century (somewhere between 1050-1150AD with a free cross style). Five centuries later (between 1685 and 1715AD) the church was enlarged on the west side with a single...

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  • Castle of Kalamata

    Just above the Old Town is a hill that used to house the medieval castle of Kalamata. Almost nothing remained from the Byzantine period as the castle’s form we see today is from the major reconstruction that too place in 1208 by Gulielme Villearduin and the alterations by the venetians in late 17th century. It was typical byzantine castle-city, it...

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  • Archaeological Museum of Messinia

    Behind the iconic byzantine church of Holy Apostles is the Archaeological Museum of Messinia. Before 1986 here was the Municipal Market but it was demolished after the severely damage by the 1986 earthquake. I didn’t have much expectations but I loved this museum, small in size it covers nicely artifacts that have been found all over the region....

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  • Agios Nikolaos Flarios church

    On our way out of the Old Town we passed by another church and due to its weird aqua blue color. It was founded in 1859 on the ruins of an older church of Agios Nikolaos Xenon where the French general Maison camped after the Battle of Navarino (1827) against the army of Ibrahim. The church inaugurated in 1865 and was dedicated to Agios Nikolaos...

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  • Ypapanti Sotiros church

    Ypapanti Sotiros (Visitation of the Saviour) is a nice church of mid 19th century that is located on top of Old Town just below the castle hill. It was built in 1860 in byzantine style (cruciform type with a dome and large narthex) with two bell towers and it is dedicated to the city’s protector. It replaced an older church that was very close but...

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  • Agioi Apostoloi church

    Agioi Apostoloi ( Holy Apostles) church is the most iconic church in Kalamata dominating the heart of Old Town. The historic little church was built originally built in early 11th century (somewhere between 1050-1150AD with a free cross style). Five centuries later (between 1685 and 1715AD) the church was enlarged on the west side with a single...

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  • March 23rd square

    Square of March 23 dominates the heart of Old Town in Kalamata with numerous stores, café and restaurants around. Its name is a reference to a historical date for the city as it was the day (march 23, 1821) when Kalamata was liberated from the Ottoman Turks. The square houses the iconic byzantine (11th c.) church of Holy Apostles where the Greek...

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Kalamata Hotels

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  • Elite Hotel

    I have never stayed at the Elite, but I go there often for coffee. It has a very nice cafe and...

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  • Pharae Palace

    Navarinou And R Ferreou Sts, Kalamata, Peloponnese, 24100, Greece

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Filoxenia

    We stayed at this hotel twice (september 2003&2004) and we were more than satisfied. Hotel is...

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Kalamata Restaurants

  • To Limeni

    Before setting off for my 10 day tour in Mani –the purpose of which was to dig out ‘gems’ (hotels, restaurants, scenic villages, hidden beauty of coasts) to enrich my Guides, I came across this specific restaurant. I was out for the very best Seafood restaurant as I wanted the tour to end in the most appropriate way. The truth is that I ‘studied’ a...

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  • Mylopetra Cafe

    Just opposite the Archaeological Museum of Messinia we stopped for coffee break at Mylopetra(millstone), a nice small café. We had a freddo espresso (2,80e) and homemade sour cherry juice (2,50e) but of course they serve many other coffees, tea, chocolate, soft drinks etc Not a place to eat here but you can have breakfast or try some of their...

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  • Del Mar

    Café Del Mar is one of the café/restaurants along the beach front of Kalamata at the popular coastal Navarinou street. Of course they have outdoor seating occupying a small part of the wide beach. We had a freddo espresso (3e) and a tiny (50ml) bottle of ouzo Plomari (2,5e) that was served with peanuts. Typical menu with salads, pizza, pasta etc...

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  • Tzimis

    An old time classic when it comes to souvlaki. Located in the heart of the city, just opposite the byzantine church of St.Apostles it’s hard to be missed. Tzimis (Jimmy) is the best spot for some greek souvlaki, especially for those who drink at the near by bars. Happy people stand outside at the square eating, chatting, laughing, even singing...

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  • Sto Kapaki

    This place is an alternative to the usual taverna found in Greece. It lies in the old part of town (the "historic center", the locals call it), it is small, cozy, has a few uncomfortable chairs (but who cares, since most of the chairs in most tavernas are uncomfortable), BUT the atmosphere is great, the food good, and the music always just...

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  • Mylopetra Cafe

    Just opposite the Archaeological Museum of Messinia we stopped for coffee break at Mylopetra(millstone), a nice small café. We had a freddo espresso (2,80e) and homemade sour cherry juice (2,50e) but of course they serve many other coffees, tea, chocolate, soft drinks etcNot a place to eat here but you can have breakfast or try some of their...

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  • Tzimis

    An old time classic when it comes to souvlaki. Located in the heart of the city, just opposite the byzantine church of St.Apostles it’s hard to be missed. Tzimis (Jimmy) is the best spot for some greek souvlaki, especially for those who drink at the near by bars. Happy people stand outside at the square eating, chatting, laughing, even singing many...

    more
  • Del Mar

    Café Del Mar is one of the café/restaurants along the beach front of Kalamata at the popular coastal Navarinou street.Of course they have outdoor seating occupying a small part of the wide beach. We had a freddo espresso (3e) and a tiny (50ml) bottle of ouzo Plomari (2,5e) that was served with peanuts. Typical menu with salads, pizza, pasta etc A...

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  • The Best Seafood in Kalamata -I was...

    Before setting off for my 10 day tour in Mani –the purpose of which was to dig out ‘gems’ (hotels, restaurants, scenic villages, hidden beauty of coasts) to enrich my Guides, I came across this specific restaurant. I was out for the very best Seafood restaurant as I wanted the tour to end in the most appropriate way. The truth is that I ‘studied’ a...

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Kalamata Nightlife

  • Al Bahar: Hookahs and Belly Dancers

    by WillAntoniou Written Jun 9, 2006

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    Al Bahar is a relatively new club in Kalamata. It has a belly dancer every night, and nice comfortable couches. They also have a huge variety of teas. It's a very nice atmosphere overall, you can dance and meet people, but it's also not very big so you don't feel crowded.

    Dress Code: Anything

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Kalamata Transportation

  • how to go there

    Kalamata is located at SW part of Peloponnese, 238km SW of Athens, 82km SW of Tripolis, 117km SE of Pyrgos, 214km S of Patras, 52km W of PylosBy carWe drove from Athens through the new fast Tripoli highway and we were there in about 2 hours! Unfortunately we had to pay 7 times for tolls on the way:2,10e(Elefsina), 1,80e(Isthmos),...

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  • how to move around

    WalkKalamata is a big but not huge city so most probably you can walk everywhere around, from the central square in the heart of town it took us about 20’ to get down to Navarinou coastal street and the beach. There are many pedestrian-only streets the last years ad the Old Town is lovely to walk around anyway.BicycleAs there are no hills many...

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  • Buses to Messinia - Kalamata

    If you are visiting Messinia in the Peloponese, find all the info you need on the thread below.It has been very helpful to me as it includes all means on transport for this destination.

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Kalamata Warnings and Dangers

  • Traffic has right of way

    by kerrf Updated Oct 31, 2007

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    Don't assume that traffic will stop for you to cross the road, traffic has right of way here.
    Be careful and always let way to bikes and motorists as the speed at which they travel is a lot faster than what you may be used to. So if you have kids be extra vigilant.

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Kalamata Tourist Traps

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    Olive Traps in Souvenir Shops

    by psifidoo Written Sep 21, 2007

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    Kalamata doesn't really have any serious tourist traps...mainly because there aren't that many tourists around and the locals are too worried about scaring off the few that are!

    BUT, since the locals KNOW that the rest of the world considers The Olive a delicacy... the likes of which (oil, various types of olives, prepared in various ways) are used sparingly do to its usually high prices... here they can have the tendancy to go way overboard...especially if one buys a small jar of the stuff... in a SOUVENIR shop!

    Fun Alternatives: Your best bet is just going to a local (super)market (or the farmer's market every Wednesday and Saturday - near the bus station), and buying whatever amount you want there. The olives will be placed in a small plastic bag, which also makes them more travel friendly. Just wrap them up in some more plastic bags before stashing them in your suitcase to avoid possible oil leaks. The price difference can be up to 65%, especially on prepared olive products!! You will find the olive products usually near the cheese section (not the prepacked cheeses!).

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    • Wine Tasting
    • Food and Dining
    • Budget Travel

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Historical Center / Old Town
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Anastaseos Christou church
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Beach of Kalamata
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Marina of Kalamata
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Athen Bus to Kalamata
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