Discover Kalamata, the beautiful seaside town of Peloponnese
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Discover Kalamata, the beautiful seaside town of Peloponnese

Kalamata ● Messinia ● Peloponnese ● 19 June 2017
 

Overlooking the Messinian Gulf and set against the backdrop of Mountain Taygetus, Kalamata is a lovely seaside town of Peloponnese, with beautiful promenades, fascinating museums and great culinary traditions.

The Medieval Castle of Kalamata that dates back to the 13th century 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. The Old Town stretches out below the Medieval Castle, and it is a fascinating quarter with paved streets, local shops and colourful neoclassical houses.


Kalamata Town has many museums and historical monuments that are worth visiting. The Archaeological Museum of Messinia has exhibits from prehistoric to Byzantine times, the Historical Museum has an excellent collection of 350 works of leading Greek artists, and the Gallery of Contemporary Greek Art includes more than 430 works of famous Greek artists in the 20th century. Don't miss the Municipal Railway Park, which is an open-air museum of 5 hectares with a restored station from the 19the century, a variety of engines, wagons and other rail-related exhibits as well as recreational facilities. The historic church of Agion Apostolon is where Petros Mavromichalis declared the start of the Greek War of Independence in 1821.

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 Kalamata, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs, cheese and honey. These natural products you can find in local shops in the Municipal Market, where there are also many other foodie treasures.

Inside Kalamata Town as well by the sea, you will find many cafés and bars to relax. Beautiful neoclassical buildings have been turned into all-day cafés and restaurants, such as Bistroteca, Stolidi Ena and Foxtrot, but you can also drink your cocktail in modern bars, such as Blossom Owl, Luna Lounge and D.O.C.

The most beautiful promenades of the city are in the Old Town as well as in the beachfront, where you will see many families with their kids as well as young people riding their bicycle in a stunning scenery.


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