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- Kalamata has much potential. 2 hour easy drive from Athens Greece and an International airport, Marina and deep water for Yachts. The swim-able beach coastline is about 9 kilometers.
The beaches are mostly raw with disorganized beach venues, no service or a quality setting.
Having said that, it is very beautiful, the sea and the mountains and the quaint fishing towns. If you want a nice beach day and sunset, go to Yanina Kai Parea Beach Lounge. (Fabulous and Beautiful) If you like to rough it, go to Akti Beach Cafe. (Limited services and facilities)Written 3 September 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Richly displayed space of traditional Greek costumes from all regions of Greece, including an extensive jewelry collection. LCD displays showcase each costume from various angles with short descriptions & their origins on a map. Hand-held tablets are available as well.
Small nooks throughout building hold additional treasures. There is an outdoor area with tables & chairs & a small exquisite gift show.
Allow yourself time to take it all in.
Staff is extremely knowledgeable, helpful & English is flawlessly spoken.
A fabulous experience.Written 2 May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- We freely parked below the farmer’s market and with some difficulty and assistance walked 500 m south to find the 14th C Church of the Holy Apostles. While it was rebuilt, stone for stone after the 1968 earthquake, this museum was built new in 2009 and now displays artifacts from this province in a modern well marked manner. After paying $5 for 2 seniors, we strolled through finding its tomb relics from the 14th C BC, one of the largest preserved Mycenaean swords, beautifully carved grave stele and scores of 1st C votive figures.Written 11 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Popped along to look at the local products on sale in this market it's amazing looking at the different vegetables and fruits sizes of them compared to what we get in England also nice people watching it's interesting dayWritten 28 November 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Byzantine church in the centre of 23 March square. Was heavily damaged in the1986 earthquake but was then restored.Written 2 May 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Kalamata is a bit of a strange city. A city with a fairly large population, the administrative center of a large and well-known historical region, has itself been prominently marked in the history of Greece, only the churches in it are more than half a hundred. But here's the problem and the paradox - in Kalamatathere is not something special, inherent only to this city. Everything is the same as in other places, no worse, but no better. And the Cathedral of Ypapanti is the same like this - built in the late 19th century, has quite ordinary appearance, although it looks like the visual dominant of the site under the castle of Kalamata. There used to be an old church here. An ancient icon of the virgin Ipapanti was found at its excavations. Now it is in the Cathedral and is considered the patroness of the city. It is difficult to say anything else remarkable about the Cathedral.Written 23 January 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- I would not travel to Kalamata just to see this castle. But if you are there, it’s well worth a visit. It is a place for history buffs, an interesting walk through the old town for sightseeing, and a platform for a comprehensive view of the city. The site has dominated the countryside since before the Trojan War.
Access is easy. Though not “accessible,” the stairways are well-paved with railings on most sections; and the grounds themselves form a pleasant park. There is a small, contemporary amphitheater which offers occasional concerts. Off season, you can drive and park at the main gate. But the walk is more fun. The entry fee is €2.
For history buffs, it was one of the string of Frankish fortresses built along the Messinian coastline in the Barony of Kalamata. Like this one, most are in ruins, with just enough walls and remains to inspire the imagination. Guillaume II de Villehardouin, the most successful lord of the Frankish Principality of Achaea, was born here in 1211. For context, he accompanied Louis IX on the Seventh Crusade. Coin collectors prize the pieces of his reign. The Franks officially held it until 1410. But the full history reflects the constant East-West struggles of the region. It regularly changed hands, went through periods of destruction and rebuilding, and served successive command by Byzantines, Franks, Ottomans and Venetians all the way through the 19th century. Most of what we see today is Venetian construction, signaled by the sculpted frame over the main gate of what was surely once an image of the Lion of St. Mark.
For everyone else, the view alone is worth the effort. And the winding streets around the base have just enough houses of quirky charm that you could call this Kalamata’s version of San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill.Written 6 March 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- It's a really beautiful city square with many retail stores and cafes. Easy access with public transport but really hard to park a carWritten 25 October 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Read the mixed reviews on here and thought of adding my 2 cents. I was positively astonished to find a completely random railway park in the middle of the city with no purpose whatsoever. Normally one had to pay money to see old trains and here they are just left by themselves. I agree there does not seem educational purpose but it is not a museum so it doesn't have to. I find it quite ingenuous how they used old trains as mere scenery to a park and cleverly converted the old train station into a cafe. I agree though that it is a little sad that there is no maintenance but again, if there is no revenue because it is a park not a museum it is not surprising. There is not a lot of money for this type of thing here. And it is ok. I very much enjoyed strolling through this weird attraction!Written 12 September 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- Being in Kalamata during summer vacation, we visited The Museum of Military History. The Museum is unique as young guides from the Arcaiological and History University nearby start to explane to us the history journay of Greeks ftom the age of 1821 Greek Revolution to nowadays. Museum's exhibits, the history trail, the guide help make our family visit unforgetable. Thanks again all the personnel for that moments we spend during our mornig visit there. Must go.Written 12 February 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- By and large, it seems to me that this place is not suitable for a beach holiday. The coast of the sea in this place is rocky. Although the water is clean. Not far from the large Messinian Bay hotel there is an equipped pebble beach, and the pebbles are large and clearly imported. There are sun loungers and umbrellas. There is a cafe. I don't know the price, we didn't use it. A small area under the trees is suitable for parking.
On the main road to the beach, there is no sidewalk, you have to go along the roadway.Written 20 January 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- In the historical square of Kalamata, every year had celebrations for the liberation of the city from the Ottoman yoke. Reproduction take place with the great heroes of 1821 Theodore Kolokotronis, Petrobeis, Papaflesas, Nikitaras, Anagnostaras and many other heroes with horses and traditional costumes. Kalamata is the first city to be liberated and the celebrations are magnificent. Worth to visit the city and see that. Also near to multipurpose 23 square there are many options for food, coffee or drink.Written 26 March 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The wife and I really enjoyed the beach. We came here two days in a row and their were about a dozen people both days. There are few fish around to enjoy snorkelling.
There are no services, there is some shade along one of the cliff walls, the walk to the beach is very easy.
Certainly worth checking out even if you don't want to go clothes free.Written 21 September 2019This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- The village of Verga is quite large and consists of three parts - in addition to the beach Paralia Verga, there are also Ano and Kato Verga (Upper and Lower, respectively). Historically, these places were the front line on the approaches to the Mani Peninsula. From the coast towards the mountain in 1826, a fortification wall was hastily built to repel the invasion of Turkish troops under the command of Ibrahim Pasha. The wall was named "Verga", which means "stick", because it was long and narrow. Previously, there was an old wall on this site, which was probably built in previous centuries to prevent the Turks from entering the Mani Peninsula.
The section of wall that we came across quite accidentally stretches for only 80 meters. Nearby is an obelisk with the figure of the defender of Mani. Continuation of the wall is further.Written 21 January 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
- This is basically the very center and next to the castle of Kalamata. You can focus on Villehardouinou Street and the Church of Agia Kyriaki, which is located nearby. It is considered the oldest parish of Kalamata. I can not say that I was very impressed - sacred buildings in the Byzantine style (classical, late or neo) in Greece are at every step. Well, perhaps the cave is a feature (but we were not able to get to it - the entrance doors were closed), as well as half-faded frescoes inside that do not give visual clarity.Written 18 January 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Frequently Asked Questions about Kalamata
- The best day trips from Kalamata according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Ancient Messene Day Trip from Costa Navarino
- Kalamata Historic Day Trip from Costa Navarino
- Pylos-Methoni Private Day Trip from Costa Navarino
- Ancient Messene Private Tour from Athens
- The gulf of Navarino (Gialova Lagoon)
- The most popular things to do in Kalamata with children according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Victoria G. Karelias Collection of Greek Traditional Costumes
- Explore Messinia
- Climb Up
- We Transfer You
- Archaeological Museum of Messenia