Sights in KalamataEdit This
Set on a beautiful beach at the foot of the stunning Peloponnese mountains, Kalamata offers plenty to catch the eye. Although much of the tourist activity here revolves around the beach and the clear Mediterranean sea, there is more to Kalamata than that, and exploring the small town and its surroundings can throw up some stunning surprises. Although large sections of the town were destroyed by a major earthquake during the 1980s, there are still some attractive buildings and historically interesting sites to be visited in and around the town. Anyone planning to do a large amount of sightseeing on foot would be wise to avoid the high summer months of July and August, when oppressively high temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius and above can make this seem more of a chore than a pleasure.
No trip to Kalamata is complete without plenty of trips to the beach, but don't be tempted just to stick to one favorite spot. Taking a walk up the shore will take you past fishing boats, small local restaurants and bars, and past pretty little olive and fruit groves - bring along your camera as there will be some great photo opportunities! Another pleasant option is to head up to the Marina at the far end of the town. If you're staying by the beach or in Kalamata's center, it may be worth taking a taxi here, as the walk takes around 30 minutes - it can feel much longer in the heat of summer. Here is a modern little bay with impressive yachts and bobbing boats, along with some good waterside bars, cafes and restaurants.
Magic of the Mountains
The southern Peloponnese mountains form a stunning backdrop to Kalamata, and keen walkers and nature lovers will find the rugged mountain range throws up plenty of opportunity for challenging walks and rambles. The vast mountain that sits immediately behind the town has a trail running from its base right up to the top - set out early in the morning before the heat kicks in, and be prepared to spend around four or five hours getting to the top. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen, and don't forget your camera - the walk can be challenging but the views across the town and out to sea are outstanding.
Drag yourself off the beach lounger and into Kalamata town centre to see the remains of a 13th century church, as well as the impressive Ayii Apostili - a church that also dates back to the 13th century. The fruit and vegetable market held in the town center is a riot of color and exotic smells, and the produce on sale tastes every bit as good as it looks.