Travel guide

Kalamata


General info

Welcome to Kalamata...

Built at the foot of the “Taygetos” Mountain and simultaneously in the inlet of the Messiniakos Gulf, Kalamata, the capital of Messinia is a place that can be visited all year through. It is located just 215 km from Patras and 240 km from Athens and is easily accessed not only overland (car, bus, train), but also by air, as there is an airport. Its original name, according to Homer, was “Fares”. An appellation which was replaced by the name “Kalamata “, in order to honour Virgin Mary (Greek: “Pangaea Kalimantan”). The Messenia capital, known for its olives and olive oil, charms its visitor with a multitude of attractions, such as the castle of Kalamata, which offers a panoramic view of Kalamata and the surrounding area.

 

In the past…

Kalamata counts hundreds years of history and up to nowadays it has been, over the centuries, occupied by Sparta, Franks, Venetians and Turks, which gives the city a unique architectural character. Kalamatas history begins from Homer’s age, when an ancient city named “Fares” was mentioned. This ancient city was located at the same place where nowadays the Frankish castle of the city lies. In older times they believed that the sea covered the whole area around the city. But the findings of “Protoelladiki” and “Archaic” periods (the Sanctuary of Poseidon) in “Akovitika” and also the findings of Classical, Hellenistic and Roman times around the castle, proved the opposite. The major event of Kalamata’s long history is its liberation from the Turks on March 23, 1821. On that day Kolokotronis Nikitaras, Petrobeis Mavromichalis, Papaflessas and others entered the city as liberators. They participated in the solemn thanksgiving that took place in the Church of “Agii Apostoli”, a small Byzantine church of the 10th century, which still exists and is considered as the symbol of Kalamata.

 

Nowadays...

Kalamata, a city of 58,000 residents, is the second most populous city in the Peloponnese after Patras. It is the most important urban, economic and commercial centre of the Messinia prefecture such as an administrative center. The region's economy is based on agriculture, having as top product the famous olive oil and olives “Kalamon” (olives from Kalamata). There is also a significant production in figs, raisins and other vegetables. In the industrial sector, there are several industries of packing, agricultural product processing, distilleries, etc... The tourism industry of Kalamata developed especially during the last 20 years. Many hotels, restaurants and entertainment centres were built in order to meet the needs of the visitors of both Kalamata and the surrounding region. It has an interesting nightlife full of bustle all over the year. During the winter the nightlife runs mostly in the historical centre where most of the bars are located. During the summer months the fun transfers to clubs and beach bars nearby the sea. Among the most beautiful spots of Kalamata is the beach which extends in a length of 2.5 km. In a relatively short distance there are many beaches you can visit such as the beach of “Mikri Mantinia” or the beach of “Almiros”.

 

Sight seeing

If you happen to come by or stay in this beautiful city, then
you can visit:

 

  • the Church of “Agii Apostoli” the symbol of the city (mid 11th-12th century)

  • the Frankish Castle which offers a panoramic view of the entire city

  • the Railway Park, southern of the city centre, which is the largest open-air Railway Museum in Greec 

  • the military Museum of Kalamata, in which the visitor can see weapons and military uniforms of the Greeks from various historical periods

  • the folklore Museum of Kalamat 

  • the Public Library of the city (since 1933) which has over 90,000 volumes of books

  • the Church of “Ypapandi tou Christou” consecrated in 1873, who is also the Metropolitan Temple of the city

  • the Church of “Mikri Taxiarhes”, built between 1685 and 1715

How to go

By Car:

Kalamata is located at a distance of 245 kilometres from Athens. Once you get on Attiki Odos towards Elefsina, continue your trip on the national highway Athens-Corinth for approximately 80 km (40-50 minutes). Leave Corinth behind you and follow the road to Tripolis (attention to road signs in order not to lose the exit). When you reach Tripolis continue your journey on the new national road towards Megalopolis-Kalamata (attention to road signs) until you reach your destination.

 

Total travel time : 130 – 150 minutes

 

By Bus:

There are daily itineraries from Athens to Patras. The departure point is at the main bus station of Athens. (KTEL Busses Kifisos - Kifissou 100, on the national road of Athens).

 

For more information please call:

KTEL Busses Kalamata : ☎  (+30) 27210 23147

KTEL Busses Athens : ☎  (+30) 210 5134273

 

By Train:

OSE Train Station Kalamata : ☎  (+30) 27210 95006-95056

OSE Train Station Athens : ☎  (+30) 210 5131601

 

For more information and itineraries, please visit the following websites:

www.proastiakos.net and www.ose.gr

 

By Air:

the city of Kalamata has an airport. Daily flights are running from Athens airport “Eleftherios Venizelos” to the airport of Kalamata.

 

Kalamata Airport : ☎  (+ 30) 27210 69696-7

Eleftherios Venizelos Airport, Athens : ☎  (+ 30) 210 3530000

 

Useful telephones

Police Station Kalamata : ☎  (+ 30) 27210 44654


Tourist Police Kalamata : ☎  (+ 30) 27210 95555


Traffic Police Kalamata : ☎  (+ 30) 27210 44634


Taxi Station Kalamata : ☎  (+ 30) 27210 26565


Health Centre Kalamata : ☎  (+ 30) 27210 46000


Pharmacies Kalamata : ☎  (+ 30) 27210 - 22323, 22223, 84098


Post Office Kalamata : ☎  (+ 30) 27210 22810


Agrotiki Bank Kalamata : ☎  (+ 30) 27210 22671


National Bank Kalamata : ☎  (+ 30) 27210 72155


Piraeus Bank Kalamata : ☎  (+ 30) 27210 67000


Eurobank Kalamata : ☎  (+ 30) 27210 20863


Alpha Bank Kalamata : ☎  (+ 30) 27210 22294


KEP (Citizen Service Center) Kalamata : ☎  (+ 30) 27210 44500


City Hall Kalamata : ☎  (+ 30) 27210 60777


Fire Department Kalamata : ☎  (+ 30) 199


Port of Kalamata : ☎  (+ 30) 27210 22218


Port of Piraeus : ☎  (+ 30) 210 4226000-4


Public Library of Kalamata : ☎  (+ 30) 27210 95611


Metropolitan Church of Kalamata : ☎  (+ 30) 27210 22602


Archaeological Museum of Kalamata : ☎  (+ 30) 27210 63100


Railway Park of Kalamata : ☎  (+ 30) 24210 23644

Distances

From the city of Kalamata to:

Athens

235 km

Thessaloniki   

726 km

Piraeus

231 km

Larisa

577 km 

Volos

550 km 

Ioannina

437 km 

Zakynthos

192 km 

Pylos

48 km 

Kalamata

0 km

Nafplio

142 km 

Patras

210 km 

Sparti

62 km 

Corinth

156 km 

Igoumenitsa

503 km

Pyrgos

113 km