Kalamata: The pearl of the Peloponnese Peninsula

Located on the Peloponnese peninsula, in the regional unit of Messenia, the historical coastal city of Kalamata is a real gem to explore. It is also a choice place to enjoy the beach and an excellent starting point for touring the area.

Greece’s rich history and culture make it a treasure trove awash with archeological sites. This is also true of Kalamata, the city situated at the foot of Mount Taygetus, with the Benakeion Archaeological Museum as one of its most significant sights.

Quick facts Kalamata (Greece)

Flight time

2:25 h


1850 km

Time difference

+1 hour CET

Exchange rate




A cup of cappuccino costs around

CHF 3.32

Silk, olives and miles of beach

Kalamata’s landmark is the thirteenth century fortress perched above the city. The city’s historical buildings include the cathedral, the Church of the Holy Apostles and the Kalograion Monastery with its renowned silk-weaving workshop where handkerchiefs, ties and other silk items can be purchased on site. Famous for olive growing, Kalamata even has a variety of olive named after it and marketed as “Kalamon”.

But cafés, bars, taverns and a throbbing nightlife are also part and parcel of Kalamata – as are its beaches of course, which include the especially lovely three-mile-long Verga beach. Situated a good twenty miles from Kalamata, the seaside town of Kardamili is embedded in a stunning landscape of blue sea and green hills and (still) considered an insider tip. Nature lovers won’t want to miss the chance to explore the Ridomo Gorge with its breathtaking flora and fauna.

Elafonisos – a beach holiday paradise

Situated off the southeast coast of the Peloponnese peninsula, the seven-square-mile island of Elafonisos is surrounded by a deep blue sea. The islet can only be reached by ferry and is a place the locals like to visit. A dream location for a seaside holiday, Elafonisos includes stunning beaches like Simos beach that features beautiful white sand and crystal-clear waters and is considered one of the loveliest beaches of the Mediterranean coast. ;;; ;;; Apropos Mediterranean: The Peloponnese peninsula enjoys a mild, typically Mediterranean climate, which translates into mild winters and hot summers with little rain. What with beach, culture and good weather, Kalamata offers the perfect ingredients for a fabulous holiday!

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