Kalamata is Messinia's capital and the second-largest city in the Peloponnese. Famed for its olive trees, historic buildings and transportation links, Kalamata is the perfect destination for museum lovers and its airport, railway terminus, sea port and bus stations makes it a transportation hub and gateway to other destinations in the southern Peloponnese.
Enjoying a warm Mediterranean climate with long hot summers, Kalamata is a popular holiday choice if you want to combine beautiful weather with a culturally rich and unspoilt area!
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Kalamata boasts a warm Mediterranean climate with long hot beautiful summers and mild rainy winters. During summer, the average temperatures range from 24°C in May to 31°C in July and August. At both the beginning and end of the season, it can get quite cool during the nights. It is incredibly sunny from the beginning of the season until September and rainfall is very low until October.
During winter, the weather is very mild however it is prone to a bit of rain. The temperature ranges from 20°C and go down to 6°C in the coldest month of January.
The variety of Kalamata's landscape adds to its natural beauty. You will find luscious beaches, ancient sites, clip top coasts, secluded coves, lush valleys, wild rivers and breathtakingly beautiful mountains where the views are amazing.
The beaches in Kalamata are arguable some of the most beautiful in Greece. The Gulf of Corinth is a stunning long stretch of beach with is immensely popular with Athenian weekenders, resulting in the beach being neglected by tourists leaving it clean and suitable for families. Zaga beach is located in the charming port town of Koroni, and has a perfect beach to relax and unwind on and further down the coast is the fishing village of Finikounda which is one of the best windsurfing spots in Greece.
Things To Do on Kalamata Holidays
Kalamata is heaving with historical buildings and museums meaning there is plenty to do and see in the town and its surrounding areas.
The Benakeion Archaelogical Museum of Kalamata in the historical centre is a popular choice for tourists. Situated at the heart of Kalamata, this Venetian-style mansion is home to a rich collection of archaeological treasures from various sites in Messenia ranging from the Bronze age to the Roman period.
There are many historical buildings in Kalamata including the Byzantine church which is located on the North side of Kalamata and is dedicated to the Virgin of Kalomata. The Church of Agii Apostoli is the oldest church in the town and dates back to the 13th century. It is the place where the Greek Revolution was declared on the 23rd of March 1821. The 13th Century Castle was built by Geoffrey de Villehardouin in the 13th century and is definitely worth a visit to see the beautiful views of the town and ocean.
A little further a field is the Temple of the Epicurian Apollo, approximately an hour drive north of Kalamata, while heading south you will find the Caves of Pyrgos Dyros, Cape Tainaron, (Gates of Hades), as well as numerous stone towered villages. To the west is the imposing Castle of Methoni and the royal baths of King Nestor's Palace.
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