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Things to do in Messenia

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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“The Polylimnio Waterfalls are one of the best kept “secrets” of Greece. Trek through the woods in the Messenia region of the Peloponnese to uncover them. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Café
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“A place with an amazing view to the messinian bay!!! At night you can gaze the lights of beautiful city of Kalamata while you drink your coktail!! A really romantic place..you have to go!”
  • 24 locals recommend
Castle
“dear guest welcome to the beautiful Kalamata ,,,, we are in the center at the bus station, at the airport ,, in the sea ,, here the hostel is very simple no luxury (not demanding) ... the street is 21 papazoglou street in the historic center and close to the museum Benaki ... we strive for your best stay. open from morning to evening 21.00 to 22.00”
  • 19 locals recommend
Plaza
“Set in the historical heart of Kalamata, where the old market used to stand, the Archaeological Museum of Messenia is home to an extensive collection of archaeological finds dating back from prehistoric times to the Byzantine era. It is divided into four geographical areas, which represent the four provinces of Messenia, including Kalamata, Messene, Pylia, and Trifylia. Exhibits include the splendid mosaic from Koroni, which depicts various scenes of the worship of the god Bacchus.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Entertainment
“ 30 kilometers from Kalamata, in the western foothills of Mount Ithomi near the present village of Mavrommati, Ancient Messini, one of the most important archaeological sites of Greece, spreads over a long stretch.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Surf Spot
“Voidokilia Beach is a popular beach in Messinia in the Mediterranean area. In the shape of the Greek letter omega (Ω), its sand forms a semicircular strip of dunes. On the land-facing side of the strip of dunes is Gialova Lagoon, an important bird habitat. The beach has been named "A Place of Particular Natural Beauty". It is part of a Natura 2000 protected area.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Museum
“For those who wish to travel to past centuries and have a taste of local traditions, the visit to the Historical and Folklore Museum, in the historic centre of Kalamata, is necessary. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
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“This place is right in the heart of the city,great architecture,great food,drinks,sweats and coffee.You can sit there relaxing when you watch the people come and go.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Park
“Train buffs shouldn't miss a visit to the Municipal Railway Park, a 5.4 hectare open-air museum with restored 19th century station, a variety of engines, wagons and other rail-related exhibits as well as recreational facilities. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Church
“In the centre of the Messenian capital, at 23rd of March Square, the Temple of Saint Apostles is of great historical importance. Built during the Byzantine period, the temple has found a place in history, since it was there on the 23rd of March 1821 where the doxology for the liberation of Kalamata took place. At this first doxology, in a free territory, Th. Kolokotronis, P. Mavromichalis, Papaflessas, Nikitaras and other warriors of the Greek Revolution were present. The church was built in the beginning of the 14th century by Emperor Andronikos. It was of smaller size at first, but it is considered that subsequently it was extended. The temple had to be restored, after the damages because of the strong earthquakes in 1892 and 1986. Currently, it belongs to the Holy Metropolis of Messenia and every year on the 23rd of March a doxology takes place in honor of the heroes of 1821. The customs also include the re-enactments of the liberation of the city, before the parade. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Sublocality
“If you wish to enjoy a greek souvlaki & the greek fast food in the absolute local way, then walk up to the main street in the traditional village of Marathos & you'll find this nice family-run place.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Historic Site
“ Archaeological site known for its unique, well-preserved temple built between 450 and 400 BC ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Café
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“Best place to enjoy fantastic cocktails or some killer small burgers. - 4 minutes walk ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“The most crowded place of the city during the summer! Don' t miss to taste roasted corn while walking by the sea...”
  • 9 locals recommend
Museum
“A fantastic museum! You will have the opportunity to learn things about greek tradition!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Impressive Venecian castle that is build on a small land strip that enters the sea”
  • 3 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Café
“A place with an amazing view to the messinian bay!!! At night you can gaze the lights of beautiful city of Kalamata while you drink your coktail!! A really romantic place..you have to go!”
  • 24 locals recommend
Café
“This place is right in the heart of the city,great architecture,great food,drinks,sweats and coffee.You can sit there relaxing when you watch the people come and go.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Café
“Best place to enjoy fantastic cocktails or some killer small burgers. - 4 minutes walk ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Greek Restaurant
“Excellent cuisine, very friendly service, next to the marina. Highly recommended”
  • 6 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Αυθεντικό Ιταλικό εστιατόριο με υπέροχες γεύσεις στη Μαρίνα της Καλαμάτας.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Modern Greek Restaurant
“If you are craving Greek food but with a twist, Oinopantopōleion is the answer. Forget typical dishes and get ready to discover local ingredients combined to produce flavorful dishes. You can pair them with a bottle from the fantastic wine list and enjoy a relaxing dining experience. And if you end up falling in love with one of the locally sourced ingredients from your dish, you can go home with a package of pasta, nuts, a jar of jam or honey or grab a bottle of olive oil, vinegar, wine and even ouzo and Tsipouro. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Very nice fresh food, reasonable prices by the sea and a nice location to go swimming”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Located near Kalamata’s railway station, Kardamo Edesmopoleio is a lovely restaurant operating since 2010 with a mission to offer its customers with unassuming yet authentic Greek dishes created with fresh local ingredients. You will find traditional dishes, though somewhat refined and revisited with newfound flavours. You will surely have a nice time dining (or lunching) here.”
  • 7 locals recommend

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