With a dramatic mountain backdrop, a clean beach and order-me-seconds Greek cuisine, holidays to Kalamata are looking good.

Kalamata olives

Kalamata, a lively city in Greece's Peloponnese 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 region.

Ancient city

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.

At a Glance

  • Dip crusty bread in world-famous Kalamata olive oil
  • Adventure through ancient ruins in Messini
  • Take in panoramic views of the city from the old town's castle

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