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, indulgent activities 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, perfect for settling down with a good book, whereas at nearby Almiros Beach you'll find plenty of vibrant beach bars and water sports to entice.
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Things To Do In Kalamata

10 Facts About Kalamata

  1. Kalamata’s 4km stretch of beach has been awarded Blue Flag status for its clean golden sands and warm, clear waters.
  2. Navarino and Niokastro are 13 and 15th century castles sat on hills overlooking Pylos. Hikers will be rewarded by stunning views from the ancient sites.
  3. Kastraki Cafe-Bar-Restaurant is the place to go for a romantic evening. Its outside terrace gives wonderful views over the Mediterranean.
  4. Nestor's Cave sits above the popular Voidokilia Beach beneath the ruins of Navarino Castle. The cave is the subject of many Greek myths and legends.
  5. Kalamata is famous for its juicy olives, but this fertile area is also renowned for its raisins and figs. Try some with ouzo in a traditional Greek taverna.
  1. Mount Taygetus is also known as Prophet Elias, which is one of the oldest recorded names in Europe. It’s a popular site for mountain climbing.
  2. The pretty Three Admirals' Square in the heart of Pylos is a great place to take refreshment while drinking in the atmosphere.
  3. Kalamata is home to Greek’s largest festival, the Patrinó karnaváli - a riot of colour and music, with parades, dancing, masquerade costumes and fireworks.
  4. History buffs will love the Benakeion Archaeological Museum which houses ancient artefacts dating from the Bronze Age to the Roman Empire.
  5. The marina on the west side of Kalamata’s beach is connected to the city centre by a cycle lane perfect for a summer’s afternoon bike ride.

More About Kalamata

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. 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. You'll 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 while 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.

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