Located in the northern part of the city, just below the castle, Kalamata Old Town is a chaotic jumble of churches and artisanal shops, all hidden in a maze of cobbled streets. Set out in any direction and you’re sure to stumble upon a scene of authentic Peloponnese life.There are plenty of museums in the old town, too. The Archaeological museum gives a good overview of the history of the region, displaying artefacts from important sites like the ancient city of Messini.
Kalamata itself is surrounded by close to four kilometres of golden sand, all within easy reach of the centre and lined with bustling beach bars, lively restaurants and all the accruements of a popular seaside town. Water sports are available, too, including guided snorkelling tours and PADI-approved scuba-diving courses.