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Kalamata Tours

If the name ‘Kalamata’ sounds familiar to you, you’re not alone — it’s a city in southern Greece from which Greek olives get their name. It is both the capitol of the region of Messinia and the second-largest city in the Peloponnese. With its preserved Old Town and a number of museums and galleries, the city maintains its rich cultural history. The ancient Greek author Homer described a city called Pharai, which is believed to have been where the Kalamata Castle stands today.
The name Kalamata is derived from an icon of the Virgin Mary known as the ‘good eye’ (kalo mata.) The icon was believed to be miracle-working, and today can be found in the inside the city’s cathedral, the Church of Ypapantis. Throughout the ages, Kalamata has suffered wars at the hands of the Ottoman Empire and earthquakes in as recent as 1986, though today it flourishes as an important port city.

Practical Info

Kalamata is roughly a two hour drive from Athens. Once in the city, it is pedestrian friendly — though there are also bicycle and bus routes in town.

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Kalamata Historic Center Walking Tour, Kalamata, null
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Kalamata Historic Center Walking Tour

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Welcome to the beautiful city of Kalamata, the city of sea, sun and history. It is not possible for us not to welcome you and guide you to the most historical ...  Read more

Location: Kalamata, Greece
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.66
Ancient Messene Day Trip from Costa Navarino, Kalamata, Walking Tours
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Ancient Messene Day Trip from Costa Navarino

Messene is a significant ancient city in terms of its size, form, and state of preservation. It enjoys the advantage of never having been destroyed or covered ...  Read more

Location: Kalamata, Greece
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $328.82
Pylos-Methoni Day Trip from Costa Navarino, Kalamata, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Pylos-Methoni Day Trip from Costa Navarino

Our trip will begin from your hotel and crossing streets filled with olive and orange trees but also with myths and traditions, for about fifteen minutes, we ...  Read more

Location: Kalamata, Greece
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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