Ancient excavations, magnificent museums and a curvaceous coastline are just a few reasons to visit the gorgeous Greek city of Kalamata. Enjoying a prime location beside the glittering ocean in the heart of one of Greece’s most historically rich regions, Kalamata appeals to both culture vultures and sun worshippers. Rife in ancient culinary tradition, the restaurants of Kalamata are one of its most alluring attractions with their famous olives, figs and sun-dried tomatoes, and the vibrant atmosphere of the local tavernas makes it easy to sip local liquors and chat with envied residents of this static and stunning city.
Irrefutably the city’s most legendary landmark, The Castle of Isabeau is an Arabian inspired structure that rises dramatically over the glittering city. Metallic domes top elaborately decorated towers like cherries and the vertiginous perch allows visitors to enjoy a panoramic view of the cityscape.
At the foot of the commanding castle is the Old City, an evocative maze of winding streets, shady squares and traditional tavernas selling regional delicacies that date back to the city’s conception.
Other alluring attractions include the Kalagraion Monastery, an elegant ecclesiastical building nationally renowned for its silk weaving workshop and the local legends that surround its ancient origin.
A rich geological inheritance upon the lands of ancient Greece means Kalamata’s Archaeological Museum brims with extraordinary excavations. Housed in the neoclassical structure of the Agora, the museum presents ceramics, jewellery and etchings that date back to the Bronze and Roman ages.
The chic and cosmopolitan I Milopetra is a café-cum-restaurant that serves modern food that respects the rich culinary traditions of the area. An elegant interior is a perfect place to sip crisp chardonnay while perusing an extensive menu that bursts with flavour and flair; olive themed snacks dominate the menu and the gourmet mains include grilled seafood and regional delicacies. (Plateia 23 Martiou, Greece)