Kalamata is a town in the southwestern Peloponnese, built in the heart of the Messinian Gulf, at the foot of Mount Kalaithi, on the outskirts of Taygetos. Because of its location it has an excellent climate, with warm winters and mild summers.
Kalamata National Airport "Captain Vassilios Konstantakopoulos" connects the city with air with destinations in Greece and abroad while the small port of Kalamata in summer connects Kalamata with Kythera and Kissamos of Chania Crete. In addition, cruise ships have access to the harbor, and there is an organized marina for docking private boats all year round.
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The modern name of the city is believed to originate from the reeds that existed on the banks of the river Nedaon, while the name Kalamos corresponded to an ancient village at Yannitsa in Elachohori, as confirmed by epigraphic material found there.
Early Hellenic mansions excavated at Akovitika site have been witnessing a flourishing civilization since the beginning of the Bronze Age, while the settlement was first mentioned by Homer called Pharae, a city under Laconic dominion that later passed to the Messinians.
In the Middle Ages it was transformed into a fortress fortress, and after the Fourth Crusade it falls into the hands of the Franks, later passes to the Palaiologues of Mystras, is occupied by the Ottomans, is claimed by the Venetians and liberated from the Turkish yoke in 1821.
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The important archaeological site in Akoviti, west of the city, includes a large temple of Poseidon, worshiped in the area at least from the Protogeometric years and two Early Helladic Megara, one of which is colossal.
The small Byzantine church of the Holy Apostles, built in the 11th century, is the symbol of Kalamata. Frangokastro Castle offers panoramic views of the city, while the Railroad Park with the open-air museum is the largest in Greece, awarded by the European Commission.
To the east of the harbor dominates the abandoned industrial building of Messinia's "Evangelistria" Roller Mill, a cultural heritage monument built in 1926. Continuing eastwards, you reach the beach of Navarino with large sidewalks, palm trees and neoclassical buildings of the early 20th century and the finest, endless beach in the shadow of Taygetos, from the beautiful suburb of Vergas to the harbor of Kalamata.
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In the area of the historical center in the city of Kalamata are the most important sights and museums, such as the Benaki Museum, the Folklore Museum, the Archaeological Museum of Messinia, the Municipal Conservatory, the Municipal Art Gallery, the Modern Greek Art Gallery, the Central Library, the Megaron Dance where the annual Kalamata International Dance Festival takes place.
The Metropolitan Church of Ypapanti the Savior, with its double bell towers and the silver domes, dominates Ypapanti Square.
Make sure to take a stroll through the lively Paplmatadikas and the galleries of Lontos and Varvoutsis, always crowded with tables and tables.
With the car from Imperial Car Rental, visit the fascinating archaeological site of Ancient Messina with the Arsinoe Theater, the Arcadian Gate with its eight towers and the Temple of Artemis Phosphorus or Orthia.
Magical beaches and scenic settlements such as Methoni, Finikounda, Pylos, Costa Navarino, Kyparissia and Kalo Nero are on the west coast of Messinia, while in the Messinian Gulf, Koroni, Petalidi, Kardamili and Stoupa will be yours steal the heart.
Your trip to Kalamata will keep you going longer, while the Imperial Car Rental car rental service will add to your exploration of the area a feeling of comfort and luxury!