Formal Name: Kalamata
Outlets: European Standard, 2 round pins
Voltage: 230 V, 50 Hz
Size: 98 square miles
Population Density: 89 people per square mile
Time Zone: EET (UTC +2) with Daylight Saving Time
Visas: Most visitors do not
need a visa for tourism or business stays of less than 90 days so
long as they have a return ticket and passport that is valid for
at least 3 months past the end of their stay. Countries currently
in political turmoil generally require a visa even for transit
ATMs: ATMs are readily
available in Kalamata, and accept Visa, MasterCard and Cirrus. Be
aware that they occasionally are out of order, so be sure you go a
few days before you actually need the money.
Banking: Banks are open every
day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will change traveler's cheques and
foreign currency. Credit cards are accepted in most major shops,
restaurants and hotels, but it's a good idea to check with them
first. Note that personal checks are not accepted in Greece.
Airports: Kalamata International Airport receives flights
from various European destinations throughout the summer, and from
various Greek cities several times a week throughout the year.
Transportation: Kalamata is well connected with the rest of
Greece. The Hellenic Railways Organization operates regular trains
with a station in the city. Buses with the KTEL bus company run
frequently to a multitude of destinations throughout Greece.
Kalamata is also connected to other seaside Greek cities via
weekly cruise boats and ferries.
Tipping: Tipping is fairly common in Greece, though it is
expected more from tourists than locals. If there is a service
charge on your restaurant bill then you can leave a few Euros on
the table for good service. If there is no service charge then it
is common to leave 10 to 20 percent for the waiter. Porters should
receive a few Euros for their efforts. Taxis do not expect tips
unless they help you with luggage.
Postal Code: 241 00
Country Telephone Code: 30
City Telephone Code: 27210
Hospital: 27210 46000
Police: 27210 44600
Tourist Police: 27210 44681
Embassies: The Netherlands and
Chile have consulates located in Kalamata. Most other embassies or
consulates are located in Athens.
Facts: Kalamata is well known for its high quality olives,
olive oil and figs. It is also one of the few places that makes
sfela cheese, an incredibly salty variety. Before you leave be
sure to pick up a few silk handkerchiefs or scarves, Kalamata's
Sights:Set on a beautiful
beach at the foot of the stunning Peloponnese mountains, Kalamata
offers plenty to catch the eye. Although much of the tourist
activity here revolves around the beach and the clear
Mediterranean sea, there is more to Kalamata than that, and
exploring the small town and its surroundings can throw up some
stunning surprises. Although large sections of the town were
destroyed by a major earthquake during the 1980s, there are still
some attractive buildings and historically interesting sites to be
visited in and around the town. Anyone planning to do a large
amount of sightseeing on foot would be wise to avoid the high
summer months of July and August, when oppressively high
temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius and above can make this seem
more of a chore than a pleasure.
Beach Life:No trip to Kalamata
is complete without plenty of trips to the beach, but don't be
tempted just to stick to one favorite spot. Taking a walk up the
shore will take you past fishing boats, small local restaurants
and bars, and past pretty little olive and fruit groves - bring
along your camera as there will be some great photo opportunities!
Another pleasant option is to head up to the Marina at the far end
of the town. If you're staying by the beach or in Kalamata's
center, it may be worth taking a taxi here, as the walk takes
around 30 minutes - it can feel much longer in the heat of summer.
Here is a modern little bay with impressive yachts and bobbing
boats, along with some good waterside bars, cafes and restaurants.
Magic of the Mountains:The
southern Peloponnese mountains form a stunning backdrop to
Kalamata, and keen walkers and nature lovers will find the rugged
mountain range throws up plenty of opportunity for challenging
walks and rambles. The vast mountain that sits immediately behind
the town has a trail running from its base right up to the top -
set out early in the morning before the heat kicks in, and be
prepared to spend around four or five hours getting to the top.
Bring plenty of water and sunscreen, and don't forget your camera
- the walk can be challenging but the views across the town and
out to sea are outstanding.
Town Treasures: Drag yourself
off the beach lounger and into Kalamata town centre to see the
remains of a 13th century church, as well as the impressive Ayii
Apostili - a church that also dates back to the 13th century. The
fruit and vegetable market held in the town center is a riot of
color and exotic smells, and the produce on sale tastes every bit
as good as it looks.
Getting around the city:
Welcome to Kalamata
Kalamata is known around Europe, especially in Greece, for its
great weather and rich cultural traditions. As an important port
city in Greece, Kalamata has its own international airport (IATA
airport code: KLX), its own harbor, and its own major system of
public transportation. Major landmarks of Kalamata are the
Benakeion Museum, the Castle of Kalamata and the Temple of the