Activities: 10 Must-Do’s in Kalamata
Enjoy the fascinating beach.
Against the view of Mount Taygetos enjoy the blue sea of Messinian Bay at the famous beach of Kalamata.
See the historical centre of the town (walk the streets of the old town).
Savour traditional local tastes in the traditional taverns or relish a glass of cool locally-produced aniseed-flavoured ouzo, with mouth-watering delicacies (traditional Greek appetizers cooked with fresh green olive oil from Kalamata).
Take a walk at the city centre
Enjoy your coffee at the central square of the city.
Dine at the taverns of the beach and the marina, tasting local snacks and dishes prepared with fresh olive oil from Kalamata. Continue your night out with a drink at the bars located at the beach and at Verga, where you may enjoy the view of the city at your feet from the upper parts of the slope.
Rent a bicycle and cycle around the city on the new cycling path, starting from the historical centre all the way to the beautiful beachside.
Have fun sailing. Hire a boat from the marina or relax on a planned cruise on the Messinian Bay.
Events are held all summer long at the town castle with the panoramic view, such as performances and plays by the Municipal Regional Theatre of Kalamata, the Kalamata Lyceum Club of Greek Women, and other activities, the most important of all being the Kalamata International Dance Festival.
Visit the town museums, see the local monuments at the Archaeological Museum, get to know traditions and customs at the Folklore Museum and admire the one-of-a-kind open-air museum, the Municipal Railways Park of Kalamata, which is known to enthusiasts of railways and trains all over the world, the OSE Park with the old train stations, the train wagons and the various engines dated back to 1885 up to 1947.
Mountaineering on Taygetos Mount
Taygetos is suitable for various activities by fans – and not only – of mountain bike, climbing, trecking and speleology. The Greek Mountaineering Club has a mountaineering park at the gorge of Megali Langada, near Trypi. Once on Mount Taygetos, apart from the beautiful trecking routes, the forest and paved ascent roads, it is worth seeing the numerous caves and gorges with the crystal-clear water springs. Fir-trees and black pines make up the beautiful forests of Taygetos whereas, since they are on the spot, visitors should gather thyme, tea and origan. If this is not possible, they will certainly find a selling bench with such products in some of the villages of the mountain. In any case, lovers of rare taste should definitely try “sfela” cheese, produced from top-quality goat and sheep milk.
Escape to near-by destinations
To the East of Kalamata, at a close distance from the town, admire the wild beauty of Messinian Mani, see the amazing beaches and taste local delicacies. To the West of the town escape to Petalidi, Koroni, Methoni and Pylos, where you can admire impressive castles and magical beaches.