Kalamata holidays 2021
A dream come true for history buffs, Kalamata sits at the heart of Ancient Messene in Greece. Its rich folklore dates back to Homer’s legendary writings, and the city houses a number of archaeological museums tucked amongst its distinctive domed roof architecture. Nestled between the green foothills and rocky peaks of Mount Taygetos and the azure seascapes of Messinian Bay, the scenery is unrivalled. Those seeking 2021 holidays combining sunny beaches with art and culture will find Kalamata an ideal destination. There’s no shortage of outdoor activities in the region, whether you prefer scuba diving or sea swimming.
Kalamata holidays offer the opportunity to laze on a sun-drenched beach or terrace, wander through ancient streets, and sample authentic Greek cuisine. Use the city as a base for exploring the wilds of the Peloponnese peninsula, famed for its soaring peaks and charming fishing villages like Kardamyli and Stoupa. Explore the ancient ruins of Olympia, or charter a sailboat to wind your way down the Mani coastline, admiring rustic settlements lost in time.
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Why book Kalamata holidays
Sample the local food
Kalamata is best-known for its olive oil, try it in the tasty homemade dishes or take a tour around one of the local factories
Must-visit historical sites
Roam around the Old Town for 13th-century wonders, or go on a bit of a drive to discover the ancient Messini
Discover the best beaches
Check out Kalamata's Blue Flag beach which is lined with beach bars and restaurants
Your guide to Kalamata holidays
This well-preserved ancient city offers a wealth of attractions for art and history enthusiasts. Visit the Modern Greek Art Gallery, with its elegant sculptures and carvings, or venture to the Archaeological Museum to view artefacts dating all the way back to the Bronze Age. You can spend the better part of your holidays in Kalamata simply exploring the city on foot. Stop off in the central King George Square to while away the hours in an outdoor café or coffee shop, or amble along pedestrian Aristomenous Street to peer in the local shops.
Another popular pedestrianised area of the city is located around the railway station, offering no shortage of bustling bars and friendly tavernas. Its side streets showcase hidden boutiques and cafes, while the Railways Park is a must-see attraction for fans of vintage motorcycles. Naturally, Kalamata’s seafront area is a star attraction. Spend some time soaking in the sun on the Blue Flag beach here, or wander along the waterfront promenade for a taste of ouzo and freshly grilled seafood.
Kalamata’s beaches are famous for their crystal clear waters, powdery sands, and array of water sports facilities. The beach area sprawls along the waterfront, including a bar-lined promenade and 4 km of sandy beaches. The beaches have been granted a Blue Flag status for their pristine quality, making them ideal for swimming or sunbathing alike. Relax and admire the kaleidoscopic sunset hues from a beachside terrace, or unwind with a fruity cocktail as you while away the afternoon.
Venture to Kalamata’s Marina to see boats bobbing in the harbour. The city’s western beach and marina are connected to its centre with a cycle lane, and there’s no better way to enjoy the fresh air and sea views than on the back of a bicycle. You can also get away from the city’s hustle and bustle and venture to a nearby fishing villages like Finikounda and Stoupa, both known for their mellow and family-friendly beach life.
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Prices last checked at 20:39 4 March 2021