Kalamata

City in Peloponnese

World-famous for its Kalamata olives, this town is an excellent base for your day trips to nearby points of archaeological and cultural interest.

A picture showing some buildings in the old city of Kalamata.
photo: G Da / CC BY-SA 3.0

Kalamata Attractions

Castle of Kalamata

Ancient fortification reinforced by the Byzantines in the 6th century and reconstructed by the Venetians in the 13th century.

The exterior and the front side of the Ypapanti Church of Kalamata.
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Ypapanti (Metropolitan) Church

The Cathedral hosts the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary who is the Patron Saint of the city and celebrates on the 2nd of February.

Vasileos Georgiou Square

A meeting point for locals and visitors and also a historical spot that changed its name more than 12 times during the last century.

Monastery of Saints Konstantinos & Eleni

The nuns in this convent weave wonderful cloths using traditional loom - towels, tablecloths, curtains, and traditional Kalamata scarfs.

Kalamata Things to Do

Kalamata Museums

Municipal Railway Park of Kalamata

Open-air railway museum that covers an area of 54 acres and is located in the city center - just 5 minutes from the central square.

The exterior and the main entrance of the Archaeological Museum of Messinia in Kalamata.
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Archaeological Museum of Messinia

Small but interesting museum that provides a panorama of the region's ancient history. The collection of findings is remarkable.

Historical & Folklore Museum of Kalamata

Housed in a mansion of the 19th century, it informs the visitors about the region's recent history, tradition and customs.

Questions & Answers about Kalamata

Why Visit Kalamata?
  • Getaway to top coastal destinations & close to the luxurious resort Costa Navarino.
  • One of the most beautiful cities in south Greece with mild Mediterranean climate.
  • A vivid city with many university students and numerous entertainment options.
What is Kalamata, Greece?

Close to the highest mountain of Peloponnese Taygetos, and at the estuary of the river Nedonta, is located the second-largest city in the Peloponnese, Kalamata. It is a really beautiful city famous for its waterfront, and its old town. Kalamata is today more accessible than ever, since the upgraded highway, offers a journey that has been reduced to 2.5 hours drive from Athens. While the city has also a flight connection with Athens and Thessaloniki and a ferry connection to Crete.

Some historical facts about Kalamata.

The city's history begins in ancient times, where Homer mentions it as "Fares". In ancient times, during the Spartan sovereignty and the Roman empire, Kalamata was a city with no particular importance. The city acquired its present name, during the Byzantine period, due to paraphrasing the name of the monastery of Panagia Kalomatis. This is the time when the city begins to grow in population as well as the city was transformed into a fortress for protection against the raids. After the Fourth Crusade (1204 AD), it was conquered by the Franks and rebuilt the ruined castle. Greeks, Venetians, Slavs, and Ottoman Turks (1715) have been successively rulers of the city.

When Kalamata liberated from Turks?

A milestone in the history of Kalamata is its liberation from the Turks on 23 March 1821 and its role in the war of independence against the Ottoman rule. The heroes of the Greek revolution General Kolokotronis, Nikitaras, Petrobeis Mauromichalis, and Papaflessas entered the city liberators and declared freedom in the Church of the Apostles, a small 10th-century church that survives till today.

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