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8 things to do in Kalamata

Kalamata ● Peloponnese ● 09 April 2018
 

Kalamata is a wonderful seaside town in southern Peloponnese, It offers the visitor various things to do, including art, history and delicious cuisine. Enjoy all the things you can do in Kalamata!

Beach promenade

Kalamata is built at the beachfront, and thus it is an excellent place to enjoy the sea breeze, walk by the sea or sit in a tavern or a beach bar to have your meal, coffee or drink. Young people, families with children and many tourists constitute a joyful mixture.


The Medieval Castle

The Medieval Castle that dates back to the 13th century an was built by the Venetians is a must. From there, you have panoramic views all over the city and the Gulf of Messinia, but more interesting is the small open-air theatre inside its walls that hosts music and theatre performances every summer.


Old Town

The Old Town stretches out below the Medieval Castle, and it is a fascinating quarter with paved streets, local shops and colourful neoclassical houses. There, you can walk around, enjoy the traditional atmosphere and admire the well-kept buildings that give the town a unique aura.


Municipal Railway Park

The Municipal Railway Park is an open-air museum of 5 hectares with a restored station from the 19th century. There, you can see a variety of engines, wagons and other rail-related exhibits as well as recreational facilities, and learn about the transportation by train of this time.


Agion Apostolon Church

The historic church of Agion Apostolon is where Petros Mavromichalis declared the start of the Greek War of Independence in 1821 against the Ottoman Empire. Generally, Kalamata had an active role in the Greek Revolution, like the entire Peloponnese.


Museums

The Archaeological Museum of Kalamata has exhibits from prehistoric to Byzantine times, while the Historical Museum has an excellent collection of 350 works of leading Greek artists. The Gallery of Contemporary Greek Art includes more than 430 works of famous Greek artists in the 20th century.


Cuisine

The cuisine of Kalamata includes dishes, such as apladi (fried cheese topped with marinated strawberries and walnuts), hylopites (pasta made from eggs), trahana stew with pork, open pie with minced meat and beef with leeks. Don't forget to buy local products from the Municipal Market. Fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, cheese and honey and other foodie treasures are waiting for you there.

Messinia

Kalamata is located in the region of Messinia, which is definitely worth exploring it. Famous beaches, such as Voidokoilia, and beautiful stone-built houses, such as Kardamyli, are situated in a close distance to Kalamata offering you the opportunity to discover southern Peloponnese, which is considered as one of the most fascinating areas of Greece.


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