With a dramatic mountain backdrop, a clean beach and order-me-seconds Greek cuisine, holidays to Kalamata are looking good.
Kalamata, a lively city in Greece
peninsula, is known the world over for its hearty purple olives. Experience their origins first-hand by visiting some of the tree-lined groves around. Don't forget to sample the produce in town – you'll soon see why the golden oil's so popular.
Days out and about
Kalamata's old town features a 13th-century castle that's well worth a gander. Beyond the new town, a long beach is lined with hotels and restaurants. You can also easily hop and skip to more shorelines throughout the greater Messinia
Half an hour's drive from Kalamata is Ancient Messini, a 2,300-year-old city with many of its original structures still standing. The highlight reel includes the remarkable agora, a theatre and the Sanctuary of Asclepius. Take your time on the journey there – the countryside's known for its beauty.