Top things to do

Museum in Kalamata

Archaeological Museum of Messenia

This partially interactive, child-friendly museum focuses on treasures found in four regions – Kalamata, Pylia, Messini and Trifylia. A trail snakes through the maze of exhibits, revealing everything from sculpture,…
Fort in Kalamata


Looming over the town is the 13th-century kastro. Remarkably, it survived the powerful 1986 earthquake that levelled the city. The entry gate is its most impressive feature. Inside, the kastro is a lush haven of tra…
Museum in Kalamata

Military Museum

This museum's displays span a broad chronological sweep of Greek history from the Turkish occupation (depicted in grisly paintings) to the 21st century. National servicemen take guided tours (English speakers are su…
Burgers in Kalamata


One of the very, very few places along the marina that doesn't do seafood, the Burgery grills up huge, freshly made burgers, generously stacked with toppings that slither out the sides and ooze all over your fingers…
Italian in Kalamata

Street Pasta

Hip, tiny eatery specialising in oodles of pasta, with imaginative sauces alongside good ol' bolognese and pesto. Elbow your way in and be prepared for leisurely service if the place is full.
Music in Kalamata

Kalamata International Dance Festival

This annual festival draws crowds to its quality performances of traditional music and dance. Venues include the amphitheatre of the kastro. See the website for dates and prices.
Market in Kalamata

Food Market

Self-caterers should visit the large food market across the bridge from the KTEL Messinia bus station. Kalamata is noted for its olives, olive oil and figs.
Church in Kalamata

Church of Ypapantis

Kalamata's cathedral.