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Holidays In Kalamata

Kalamata Holidays at a Glance

Kalamata is near the ancient city of Farai mentioned by Homer. The city is spread out under a castle where the Byzantine church of the Virgin Ypapanti built in 18th century. There are many churches in Kalamata, the oldest one is the famous Agii Apostoli (built in 13th century) where the Greek War of Independence against the Turkish was officially declared on March 23, 1821.

Who goes to Kalamata?
Ideal for those seeking a lively resort or relax on the beach.



Key Facts - Kalamata

  • LanguageGreek
  • CurrencyEuro
  • Dialing Code00 30
  • Time Difference+2 GMT
  • Flight Duration4 hours (Approx)
  • Distance From Airport10 km
  • Airport Transfer (Taxi)10 mins

Kalamata has an archaeological museum at the Benaki Mansion, and a folklore museum noteworthy for its numerous relics of the War of Independence of 1821, a fine arts museum with works by Greek artists and a library containing 60.000 volumes.

There are many cultural events like concerts and plays in Kalamata theatres in summer times. In the evening, the town comes alive, in particular alongside the water front which is lined with taverns, sea food restaurants and rotisseries serving local dishes and drinks, fresh fish, roast suckling pig and chicken, sausages, cheese, olives, retsina and raki etc.

13th Century Fortress: In the town of Methoni - The fortress is surrounded on three sides by the sea and the fourth by a moat. Inside the fortress is an entire medieval town and you can literally spend hours wandering around. The name Methoni comes from the stones that the small castle named the Bourtzi. At the end of the peninsula, the harbour is situated, and you can continue underwater to the uninhabited island of Sapientza.

Pylos Town: One of the most attractive coastal villages in Greece. The town itself has a central square down by the waterfront and most life revolves around it. There are two castles; one on each side of the bay and nearby is the Mycenaean Palace of Nestor, one of the best preserved of all Mycenaean palaces.

Mountain Villages: There are an abundance of tranquil traditional little villages with locals going about their daily business without a care in the world.

13th Century Fortress: In the town of Methoni - The fortress is surrounded on three sides by the sea and the fourth by a moat. Inside the fortress is an entire medieval town and you can literally spend hours wandering around. The name Methoni comes from the stones that the small castle named the Bourtzi. At the end of the peninsula, the harbour is situated, and you can continue underwater to the uninhabited island of Sapientza.

Pylos Town: One of the most attractive coastal villages in Greece. The town itself has a central square down by the waterfront and most life revolves around it. There are two castles; one on each side of the bay and nearby is the Mycenaean Palace of Nestor, one of the best preserved of all Mycenaean palaces.

Mountain Villages: There are an abundance of tranquil traditional little villages with locals going about their daily business without a care in the world.

The area of Finikounda is renowned for watersports including snorkeling and windsurfing.

Kalamata Holidays - Excursions


Athens and Corinth Canal: A super value for money, overnight stay in Athens combined with a cruise on the breathtaking Corinth Canal. Sample the highlights of the city - the world famous Parthenon and the changing of the guard at Syndagma.

Olympia: No visit to the Peloponnese is complete without a visit to the home of the Olympic Games, Ancient Olympia. Run the original Olympic track and see the recovered artifacts in the modern site museum.

Diros Caves: Visit these stunning caves, the 3rd largest of their kind in the world, either by boat or by coach.

Mystras: Travel through the valleys and breathtaking scenery of the Langada to magical Mystras, the Byzantine capital of Greece. Walk at leisure through the captivating ruins of a once awesome town crowned by an imposing fortress.

Monemvasia: A fortified town built on two levels set impregnably on a great island-like eruption, rearing some 350 metres above sea level. Monemvasia is Greece's answer to the rock of Gibraltar

Lazy Day Cruise: Enjoy a cooling cruise up and down the beautiful Mani coastline where you will have the chance to enjoy a swim from the boat and enjoy a lunch included in the price.

Tastes of the Mani: A perfect opportunity to travel through some of the hidden villages of the Taygetos mountains. See the traditional process of honey making and visit an olive oil press with a chance to sampleĀ 'Mani Gold', the local olive oil.

For further information and to secure your place on all the above exciting days and nights out, see your Olympic representative in the resort. The best time to book would be at the Welcome Get Together on the day after arrival.

Eating/Drinking During Kalamata Holidays

Greece holidays are truly a paradise for food lovers; speciality dishes include keftedes (meatballs with oregano and mint), dolmades (rice and herbs wrapped in vine leaves) and souvlaki (grilled skewers of meat). Try a Greek meze (a selection of different Greek dishes to taste a little of everything). To compliment your meal, restaurants offer a number of delicious, inexpensive local wines varying from area to area. Or try a glass of ouzo, Greece's national drink.

Major resorts provide a wide variety of bars and restaurants with something to suit all tastes, from all-night discos and international restaurants to cosy little tavernas serving typical Greek fare. Nightlife in the smaller resorts tends to centre round the latter where the charm lies in their authenticity and more traditional feel.

Getting Around on Kalamata Holidays

Boat and Bus: If you are in Olympia or Pyrgos: There are regular coach connections to Patras (Coach terminal). From there, you can take ferries to a few resorts in Italy, stopping at either Corfu or Igoumenitsa on the way. Patras lies 115 kms south west from Olympia, and 250 kms from Stoupa.

Bus or Train: You can reach patras and Pyrgos by train from Ancient Olympia with a regular train service. There will also be a regular shuttle train service to Pyrgos from Ancient Olympia, and a bus connection from Stoupa to Patras.

Car: Rent a fully comprehensively insured car from our representatives in the Peloponnese.

Kalamata Holidays Shopping

Locally produced goods make wonderful gifts and mementos of Kalamata holidays include:

  • Locally grown black olives
  • Olive oil
  • Olive oil soap
  • Honey
  • Pottery
  • Jewellery

    There is a monastery in Kalamata where the nuns produce silk, and you can buy silk scarves made in the city of Kalamata.

Holidays in Kalamata - Beaches

Stoupa and Kalogria beach; golden sandy beach with chilled out beach bars playing everything from classical to soul, (located in the Stoupa area).

Gulf of Corinth is an extremely long stretch of beach that is popular with Athenian weekender's. The beach is ideal for families as it is free from mass tourism and is very clean. There are not many facilities but you can enjoy traditional Greek cuisine.

Zaga Beach is located in the lovely little port town of Koroni just outside of Kalamata. The beach is quiet and is the perfect place to unwind. Just further down the coast is the fishing village of Finikounda which is one of the best windsurfing spots in Greece.

Weather and climate information

Max Temp C Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Peloponnese 19 24 28 31 31 28 23
London 13 16 20 22 21 19 13
Sunshine Hours Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
Peloponnese 8 9 11 12 12 9 7
London 5 6 7 6 6 5 3


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