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

Attractions & Things to Do in Kalamata

Central Square of Kalamata

«Vas. Georgiou B»

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

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Public Library of Kalamata

A well-informed contemporary library that serves as a cultural center for the city and aims to promote equality and education.

↑ N
< 1km

Archaeological Museum of Messinia

Small but very interesting museum with modern internal design and contemporary presentation, provides a clear picture of the local history.

↑ N
< 1km

Historical and Folklore Museum of Kalamata

Housed in a mansion of the 19th century, informs about the local history, tradition and customs.

↗ NE
≈ 1.1km

Ypapanti Church of Kalamata

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

↗ NE
≈ 1.1km

Old Town of Kalamata

Historical and vivid part of the city that keeps its traditional character and connects the contemporary city with its past.

↗ NE
≈ 1.2km

Monastery of Sts Konstantinos & Eleni

Old convent that dates from the 18th century and it's an incremental part of the history of the city.

↗ NE
≈ 1.2km

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.

↓ S
≈ 1.3km

Castle of Kalamata

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

↗ NE
≈ 1.4km

Kalamata International Airport

«C. Constantakopoulos»

With the name of the great donator & shipowner, it has a weekly domestic connection with Thessaloniki & numerous seasonal international flights.

← W
≈ 9.9km

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.