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Kalamata is one of the hidden gems of Greece, with many holidaymakers overlooking it in favour of the popular Greek islands. However, those in the know are rewarded with stunning scenery and a truly relaxing break.
Sitting on the horseshoe shaped bay of Messinia, Kalamata boasts a pretty pebble beach that is loved by locals and holidaymakers alike. Kalamata Beach is a tranquil offering, whereas at nearby Almiros Beach you'll find plenty of beach bars and watersports.
If you love to beach hop you can discover some secluded sands on a coastal exploration. Foneas Beach is a tiny but stunning cove, with pea-green waters framed by huge, craggy rocks. Delphinia Beach is another pretty crescent of sand with calm waters that are ideal for swimming.
As well as an abundance of picturesque beaches, Kalamata also boasts an amazing position sitting at the foot of towering Mount Taygetos. It's a decidedly low-key destination, with a focus on relaxing holidays with an authentic Greek feel.
As Kalamata is famous for its delicious olives, it goes without saying that this small town is surrounded by beautiful Greek countryside. Head inland on a tour of the lush olive groves, or take a hike into the mountains for a way to get active on holiday that's breathtaking in more ways than one!
Thanks to its position on the bay, it's easy to explore the rest of the Messinia area from Kalamata. Pylos is one exceptional spot that has plenty to offer the curious day-tripper. The Three Admirals' Square is at the heart of the town, and a great place to take refreshment while drinking in the atmosphere. Pylos is also a site of archaeological importance and is a great destination for history buffs. Nestor's Palace and the nearby museum are must-see attractions.
You'll also find a 13th century castle in Kalamata itself, as well as an archaeological museum for those who want to find out more about the area's history. Once you've had your fill of culture, the town square and the marina are both pretty places to wile away a relaxing hour or two.
For tranquil and traditional holidays in Greece, Kalamata is an ideal choice. Book your cheap flights with thomascookairlines.com.