Thousands of colours, rich history, vibrant rhythms, splendid beaches and famous ancient sights make up a coastal city in the region of PELOPONNESE, Greece, that offers an authentic vacation experience and invites you to discover its unique character.
At a distance of 238 km southwest of Athens, the capital of MESSINIA is protected by the shadow of the imposing mountain of TAYGETUS, which rises proudly above it, borrows the beauty of the glorious sea of the MESSINIAN GULF that embraces its feet and welcomes visitors with a variety of unique experiences.
The famous BEACH ZONE OF KALAMATA, from the west to the eastern side, invites travellers and locals to endless strolls along the promenade, lined with nice cafes and bars, ouzeries and fine restaurants.
Visit the OLD TOWN to experience diverse and intense nightlife, and discover the rich history of the city with a visit to the TEMPLE OF YPAPANTI that dates back to 1873, the KALOGREON MONASTERY from the 12th century) and the BYZANTINE CHURCH OF AGIOI APOSTOLOI at March 23rd square, named after the date of liberation of the city by the Turkish conquerors. At the northwestern part of the city, the historic KALAMATA CASTLE, built up on a rocky hill and dating from the Byzantine era dominates. Τhe southern end of the castle hosts the city’s famous INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL.
Lovers of art and history can also visit the BENAKI MUSEUM, the FOLKLORE AND HISTORICAL MUSEUM, the ART GALLERY FOR CONTEMPORARY GREEK ART, the MUNICIPAL THEATRE and the RAILWAY PARK.
Kalamata has its own AIRPORT located 9 km west of the city. Our hotel staff will happily and willingly share with you all the secrets and insider tips of the city so that you can enjoy an authentic holiday experience.
PYLOS – METHONI – KORONI
In the southwest of MESSINIA , PALIOKASTRO, NIOKASTRO and the castles of METHONI and KORONI invite you to an unprecedented route rich in history and natural beauty. PYLOS, METHONI, KORONI and FINIKOUNDA are essential stops during your visit to Kalamata, for strolls along well-preserved stone houses, fresh fish next to the sea and swimming in the world-famous VOIDOKILIA beach.
One of the most important and impressive archaeological site in Greece is located just 30 km from Kalamata and takes visitors to a journey through history. ANCIENT MESSINI is one of the most well-preserved ancient cities in the country dating back to the 4th century BC and includes walls, public buildings, temples and homes. Admire the THEATER, the MARKET, the HEROON and the TEMPLE OF ARTEMIS PHOSPHORUS.
STOUPA – KARDAMYLI
Less than 50 km of pleasant drive will lead you to two of the most picturesque destinations of Messinia – the VILLAGE OF KARDAMYLI, that enchanted Hollywood and the SEA-SIDE STOUPA, famous for its beaches. From Elysian Luxury Hotel & Spa, enjoy an unforgettable road trip of unparalleled natural beauty that will lead you to picturesque cobblestone streets adorned with colourful bougainvilleas, the crystal clear waters of KALOGRIA and FONEAS BEACH and the FRANKISH CASTLE OF BEAUFOR on the acropolis of LEFKTRA.
SPARTA – MYSTRAS
Less than 100 km from Kalamata, SPARTA is one of the most important ancient cities of Greece and undoubtedly deserves your visit, whether to admire the STATUE OF LEONIDAS, visit the BYZANTINE CASTLE TOWN OF MYSTRAS, listed in the World Heritage List of UNESCO, or to ascend to the ACROPOLIS OF ANCIENT SPARTA, where you will admire the new city from above.