Kalamata Travel Guide
Castle of Villehardouins Nestled on a hill above the old town, originally built in 1208 and destroyed nearly 500 years later and finally restored by the Venetians. The castle hosts a popular cultural festival in the summer and has splendid views over the town.
Train Park This beautiful park is in the converted old train station of the town. Ideal for a family day out there is a duck-pond for the little ones, Cafes and restaurants and interesting old trains for Mum and Dad.
Benakeion Museum Well set out and organized small museum in the old town depicts life in the area through the centuries. One of the highlights is the very well preserved mosaic floor of a local Roman villa.
Ancient Messene A bus trip from Kalamata takes one to this worthwhile archeological site which had its origins over 2,300 years ago. The thick defensive walls are the best-preserved, but many different areas have been unearthed. There is an on site museum with maps and guides.
To Kibob tu poly Best restaurant around. Get great Pita bread, meat, and a wonderful cheese spread to DIE for!!!!
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Zaga Beach In the small port of Koroni lies Zaga with its lovely golden sands and interesting castle. Great for a day trip from Kalamata with the family.
Finikounda Popular wind surfing destination at this fishing village, with a few mostly sandy beaches and plenty of choice when you are finished sunbathing in the form of tavernas and hotels.
Filoxenia At the edge of Kalamata next to the hotel bearing the same name, why not relax at this fine pebble beach, swim in the crystal clear waters and then maybe take in some of the hotels facilities.
Kalamata Restaurants and Bars
Taverna Tzamaika About 2 kms from town stands this unusual eatery, with its collection of old farming tools and outdoor oven. Serving tasty down home food at a reasonable price. Walk there and build up an appetite.
To Petrino Laid-back diner on the waterfront under a thatched roof, why not try the world famous locally grown olives here, then sit back and watch the sun shimmering off the ocean and the yachts slowly bobbing past.
Exociko Kentro Don't be fooled by the unattractive exterior of this rather casual place. The quality and quantity of the food more than makes up for the stylish shortcomings.
Kalamata Bars & Clubs
Palladium Recently opened disco on the beachfront attracts the local sheek set like a magnet, top DJs play hot techno sounds to bop to.
San Nikolas Pista-Go Cart On the western beach of Kalamata you will easily spot this go-cart racing track, well next to it is an as yet un-named bar in a converted massive ship. Not for the easily seasick among us!
Elite Hotel Try the bar at this beachfront hotel, ideal for a sundowner while watching the often-magnificent sunsets from the deck. Nikos serves a mean cocktail.
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