Top 5 Must Do's in Kalamata

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Until recently a small, unassuming fishing town, Kalamata is becoming increasingly popular as a holiday destination. Families from the Greek inland already flock here to escape the oppressive summer heat during July and August, and international travelers are slowly switching on to the considerable charms of this beach town. Historic sites, lively culture, delicious cuisine and, of course, the clear warm waters of the Mediterranean all combine to make a visit to Kalamata a memorable experience. Here are our top 5 picks of the best things to do on a holiday in Kalamata.

1. Hit the Beach

It goes without saying that visiting the beach is a real must-do during a break in Kalamata. The warm, clear waters are ideal for swimming, and the beautiful mountain backdrop adds to the sensory pleasure of cooling down in the turquoise sea. The beach may be pebble rather than sand, but bring along a beach chair and some water and you'll be set for a day relaxing in the sun.

2. Enjoy Fresh Fish

The fishermen who head out to sea at daybreak bring home boatloads of fresh fish and seafood every day - most of which ends up in the kitchens of the local restaurants. Pull up a chair at one of the many simple restaurants along the beachfront and order a plate of fresh sardines and a glass of Ouzo (the local firewater - mix it with water for less of a head-spinning effect) for a simple, inexpensive taste sensation. The olives of Kalamata are legendary, so order a plate to nibble on - you'll soon see what the fuss is about.

3. Historic sites

Head away from the beach and into the center of Kalamata to visit the 13th century church and castle remains - there are occasional live music performances held in the castle grounds at night, so look out for local notices.

4. Market Daze

Don't miss the colorful fruit and vegetable markets that are held each weekday close to the town center. A riot of color, scent and sound, these markets offer an opportunity to sample every fruit and vegetable you could name, and plenty you couldn't!

5. Walk in the Mountains

The stunning southern Peloponesse mountains make a dramatic backdrop to the town, and are a wonderful place to take an early morning walk. Even if you can't face a hike right up to the top, follow the trail as far as the heat will allow, passing fruit and olive groves and taking in some panoramic views of the town.

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