Cheap flights to Kalamata are available throughout the year. Flights to Kalamata depart from Gatwick Airport near London and Manchester Airport. UK citizens do not require a visa to enter Greece as long as they have a valid passport or ID card. Flights to Kalamata will arrive at Kalamata International Airport. Buses to Kalamata city centre are available from the bus stop outside the airport terminal. Licensed taxis can be hired from the taxi ranks outside the airport. Fares need to be negotiated before getting into the vehicle.
Kalamata is laid out in a grid, making it very easy to get around on foot. The city does not have a very efficient public transport network, and many visitors prefer to rent a car or motorcycle to get around. There is a network of local buses for journeys around the city. Tickets can be purchased from the driver on board the bus, or from selected kiosks around Kalamata.
A trip around Kalamata’s historic city centre will take visitors on a journey back in time. The Benakei Archaeological Museum has a comprehensive collection of artefacts that span thousands of years. Learn about Kalamata’s past at the diminutive Historical and Folklore Museum, which houses a collection of exhibits on Messinian culture. Walk up to Kalamata Castle, located on a hill overlooking the city. Enjoy a break at the top and admire splendid views of the city and out to sea. On the way down, stop and have a look at the Temple of St. John, which was built just after the Byzantine era. Visit the Church of the Apostles to see the little chapel where the Greek Revolution started in 1821. The narrow streets around the Church of the Apostles comprise most of Kalamata’s Old Town, and provide an insight into the city’s history.
The little alleys that make up much of Kalamata’s Old Town are lined with many independently owned shops, some of which have been trading for decades. Visit the silk-weaving workshop in the historic Kalograion Monastery to purchase some handwoven handkerchiefs and scarves as souvenirs. Kalamata olives (and olive oil) are often regarded as some of the best in the world. They are available from the Food Market near the bus station, as well as from many supermarkets and shops around town. The Marina district is packed with restaurants serving up local and international dishes. To Limeni menu features fresh seafood and classic taverna dishes, drizzled with plenty of local olive oil. Head to Aristomenous to enjoy the balmy night air at one of the many outdoor cafes.