There’s a lot more to Kalamata than its olives. The second-most populous city of the Peloponnese peninsula, it’s located in Messinia and is an area of unparalleled natural beauty and a hotbed of ancient treasures. With authentic restaurants, a picturesque Old Town, lively nightlife, castles, a cathedral and a pristine beach, Kalamata holidays are diverse and interesting. Nestled in the shadow of the Taygetos Mountains, the resort has striking views across the verdant valleys of the Peloponnese and the Messinian Gulf.
Venture into the surrounding countryside and you’ll notice that every road is lined with neat olive groves, the trees’ branches drooping under the weight of their purple fruit. In summer, the city truly comes alive, buzzing with Athenians on their holidays. It’s also home to the annual Kalamata Dance Festival, which attracts tourists from far and wide. Holidays to Kalamata will inspire you to explore, relax and have fun.
Visit a market
Foodies will love Kalamata’s sprawling farmers’ market, which meets every Wednesday and Saturday. It features more than 450 stalls selling fresh fruit and vegetables, local cheese, olive oil and wine.
Explore a cathedral
The Byzantine cathedral of Ypapantis is home to a holy icon of the Virgin Mary, which dates back to 672 AD and was found in an Ottoman governor’s stables.
Discover local history
For a fun day out, head to the Historical & Folklore Museum of Kalamata – it’s home to a collection of artefacts and rare objects from the 1821 Greek War of Independence.