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As the capital of Messinia, Kalamata is the second largest city in the Peloponnese region of Greece, and is perfect for anyone looking for a holiday that provides much more than just a relaxing beach break. Long hot summers mean that visitors can flock to its shores whenever they like to appreciate the fantastic weather that blankets the resort. With Kalamata holidays, you'll be signing up for a holiday that provides plenty of tranquillity and unspoilt landscapes, but a cultural injection won't be too far behind.
Swathed in golden sunshine and with a wide choice of pristine beaches and coves on which to snooze, Kalamata holidays can be as much about culture and history as you want them to be. If you're more content to find a patch of beach with your name written all over it, you're in the right place!
Located on the most northern part of the Peloponnese west coast, this pretty village is definitely worth a visit, if not for its unspoilt landscapes, then for its great fortress. This 13th century castle stands proudly overlooking the village, sat on a rocky outcrop guarded by the sea on three sides. Capture the sight of this ruined castle during late afternoon, when the sun casts its shadow over the walls as it sinks into the Ionian Sea.
Temple of the Epicurean Apollo
As a World Heritage site, this temple is probably one of the best preserved of its kind in the world. As it overlooks the rugged mountains of Greece, the romance of the place is breathtaking, and although the temple undergoes considerable renovation at the moment, this doesn't detract from the dynamic landscapes that await you.
Home to one of the best preserved Mycenaean palaces, the Palace of Nestor, Pylos Town would be a perfect place to visit if you're wishing to explore the history and heritage of the Peloponnese during your holiday to Kalamata.
Watersports in Finikounda
As one of the best windsurfing spots in the whole of Greece, it's understandable that watersports enthusiasts flock to the area during the summer months. If you don't fancy getting your feet wet, you could always watch from the beach - an astoundingly beautiful stretch of sand that appears to go on for miles.
Bungee in the Corinth Canal
The imposing Corinth Canal can be found just a couple of hours away from Kalamata and, while the sight is a considerable one in itself, it is a magnet for thrillseekers because of the bungee opportunity that it provides. Bungee jumping can be found on many a bucket list; if it's on yours, you can cross it off here!
Explore the Diros Caves
These phenomenally beautiful caves, where stalagmites crawl up to meet the stalactites dripping from the cave ceilings, can be found in Pirgos Dirou. During Neolithic times, natives believed that they were the entrance to the Underworld, now they're just an incredibly breathtaking sight that can be explored via small boats and passageways.
Steeped in tradition and oozing Greek charm, Kalamata is the place to base yourself if you're looking for relaxation, fun and a laid-back atmosphere. Within easy reach of culture and history aplenty, Kalamata holidays have something for everyone, not least of which being the stunning beaches that this resort possesses.
While away the days and let the stresses slip away in Aghios Nikalaos, where time could almost stand still. A perfect spot if you're hoping to immerse yourself in the traditional Greek lifestyle and want to watch the world go by as you cast your eye over the small, rustic harbour.
It may be a tourist hotspot during the summer months, but don't let that faze you. Stoupa occupies an incredibly beautiful part of the Peloponnese coast, with calm seas perfect for snorkelling and beaches begging to be used for catching the sun's rays.
With great value Kalamata package holidays from Direct Holidays, you will find yourself at a perfect point on the Peloponnese coast from which to savour the magic of authentic Greece.