Kalamata Sunset, Greece © Oliver Deisenroth
Kalamata is the second largest city of the historically rich Peloponnese Peninsula. It's the picturesque Messinia region's capital and an important hub for travellers planning to explore the local area.

Located in the lovely Messinian Bay, Kalamata promises tourists stunning beaches, good restaurants and markets, and a handful of historic attractions. The old city centre is especially interesting, even though an earthquake damaged some of its ancient sites in 1986. Popular attractions include the Holy Apostles Church, the Benakeion Archaeological Museum, and the remains of Kalamata Castle.

As sightseeing usually focuses on the historic centre, visitors seldom need more than a day to appreciate the city's charms. That said, the surrounding region's rich history and scenic appeal could easily sustain a longer holiday.