It is a place that in recent years has increasingly become a destination, both because of the new road that has brought it closer to Athens and because of the regeneration and development of the city. An important role for Kalamata is also played by the International Dance Festival that takes place here every summer and gives rise to various cultural events throughout the year. The proximity of Kalamata to the archaeological site of Messini, the beaches of Messinian Mani and the mountain range of Taygetos are also reasons for attracting visitors.
Before we start exploring let’s talk about the transition. Kalamata is 237 km from Athens (2½ hours, about 50 euros for fuel and 14 euros for tolls). From Thessaloniki the distance is 726 km via Lamia and Athens.
You want a short or a longer break. Messinia’s central port, with its long coastal promenades inviting visitors to “walk it off” and its atmospheric old town offering beautiful and tasteful entertainment spots, is a highly interesting option. The starting point of your walk is the Castle with its magnificent view of the city. From there you continue to the church of Hypapanti.