Historical Centre of Kalamata
Kalamata was a very small city and houses were built around and very close to the city walls of the ancient acropolis. In the beginning of the previous century it started spreading and it was finally united with the houses built by the port. The old city now is the area between the church of Ipapanti, and 23 of March square. It is considered to be the best place to start exploring Kalamata. Walking around the streets you will see old buildings with traditional architecture that lasted over the years, stone-built churches, museums and shops with local products. Here you can also find the small famous church of Holy Apostles, where on 23 March 1821 took place the first doxology of free Greece after 400 years of Ottoman occupation.
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Historical Centre of Kalamata is literally in the centre of the city between the church of Ipapanti, and 23 of March square.
Price: 25€ (1 hουr tour)
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Diros Caves is actually a place that everyone should visit and see in their lifetime. Actually there are three caves, the Alepotrypa, Katafigi and Glyfada. This is a unique experience traveling barely a subterranean river length 1,600 m. The magic of the color, and the beautiful shapes, formed by the stalactites and stalagmites makes a unique spectacle that will accompany your memories for long time. After the ongoing research at the cave of Diros to date, the total length reaches 6.500 meters and is still unknown the final length. Try to get here early especially in the summer. In the off season you should also come early because it closes early and also don’t forget to bring a camera with you for some amazing photos!
The cave of Diros, is found 10 km from Gytheio and 5 km from the Pyrgos Dirou. It is located 92 km from city of Kalamata and road trip lasts around 2 hours.
Price: 180€ (waiting 2 hrs)
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Saint Theodora of Vasta
In a gully near Vasta village in Central Peloponese, St Theodora’s tiny chapel dating from the 11th or the 12th century is certainly a miracle of nature, and for the faithful, a sign of God’s power.
In 2003, a geophysical investigation presented in Greece proved that the roots of the trees enveloping the structure followed the gaps existing inside the stone wall of the chapel, thus reaching the ground to be watered by the spring in the foundations.
The entire building is under considerable pressure due to the large load of the trees and it is a miracle that after hundreds of years, the chapel survives with no damage to the structure or to the trees. A spring comes out from underneath the chapel and irrigates the trees.
According to local legend, St Theodora lived during the tenth century on the Peloponnesus in Greece, near the border between the regions of Messenia and Arcadia in a town called Vasta.. When the area was raided by bandits, she diguised herself as a man to join the defense. In the battle that followed she was fatally wounded, and just before her death asked God to change her body into a church, her hair into a forest, and her blood into the water that will feed the trees.
The Chapel of St. Theodora is located just outside the village Vasta of Megalopolis in the Peloponnese of Greece. It is surrounded by an amazing green landscape and springs, no matter what you will enjoy your trip there. It is located 58 km from Kalamata city and trip is around 1 hour 10 minutes.
Price: 120€ (waiting 2 hours)
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Temple of Apollo Epicurius
The temple in its current form was built between 420 and 400 BC. Archaeologists believe that under its foundations lies an even more ancient temple, probably from the seventh century BC. The temple is a unique monument and the inspiration behind its construction and the architect is considered to be the great and skillful Ictinus and embodies in its structure the entire wealth of architectural knowledge of Greek civilization. With both archaic and innovatory elements, it has been greatly admired by all visiting travellers through the centuries. It is speculated that the central column of the temple was designed to reflect the first rays of the summer solstice, symbolizing the eternal light of the sun god, Apollo. If this is true, then this is the first large scale sculptural work of art in the history of mankind to represent an abstract concept. This universal architectural gem was the first of the great monuments of Greece to be recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1986.
The temple can be approached from Ilia, after an enchanting journey along the banks of the river Neda, or from Tripoli and Megalopolis. It is located in the central Peloponnese, at Vasses in ancient Figaleia, at an elevation of 1.130 metres, where it stands proud! The distance from Kalamata city is 83 km and it takes around 1 hour and 40 minutes to get there.
Price: 160€ (waiting 2 hours)
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Olympia, ruined ancient sanctuary is one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, this was the place where the ancient Olympic Games were organized and this is why an entire sanctuary to god Zeus which had been ranked as one of the Seven Wonders of the World and was constructed next to the athletic installations in order to honor the gods before the beginning of the games. The spirit of the ancient Olympic Games actually inspired their revival in the modern times. Next to the ancient site is a traditional village with lush greenery and many tourist facilities.
Olympia is located near the western coast of the Peloponnese peninsula of southern Greece, 10 miles (16 km) inland from the Ionian Sea, near a point where the Alpheus (Alfios) and Cladeus (Kladios) rivers meet. Set amid an idyllic countryside consisting of low, wooded hills alternating with farmland, the Olympia archaeological site is of outstanding cultural significance. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1989. The distance from Kalamata city is 113 km and it takes around 1 hour and 35 minutes to get there.
Price: 200€ (waiting 2 hours)
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Mystras also known as Myzithras in the Chronicle of the Morea, is a fortified town and a former municipality in Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece. Situated on mountain Taygetos, near ancient Sparta, it served as the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea in the 14th and 15th centuries, experiencing a period of prosperity and cultural flowering. The site remained inhabited throughout the Ottoman period, when it was mistaken by Western travellers for ancient Sparta. In the 1830s, it was abandoned and the new town of Sparti was built, approximately eight kilometres to the east.
Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Sparti, of which it is a municipal unit. The municipal unit has an area of 131.948 km2.
Mystras is situated on the slopes of Taygetos Mountain. The archaeological site stands above the modern village of Mystras and the city of Sparta. The greenery surrounding the area is composed mainly by pine trees and cypresses. Some small rivers and lakes are found in the region. The distance from Kalamata city is 51 km and it takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes to get there.
Price: 110€ (waiting 2 hours)
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Palace of Nestor
The Palace of Nestor was an important centre in Mycenaean times, and described in Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad as Nestor’s kingdom of “sandy Pylos”.
The site is the best preserved Mycenaean Greek palace discovered. The palace is the primary structure within a larger Late Helladic era settlement, once probably surrounded by a fortified wall. The palace was a two-storey building with store rooms, workshops, baths, light wells, reception rooms and a sewage system.
The settlement had been long occupied with most artifacts discovered dating from 1300 BC. The palace complex was destroyed by fire around 1200 BC.
In June 2016 the site re-opened to the public after the roof was replaced by a modern structure with raised walkways for visitors.
The site is on the hill of Epano Englianos, situated close to the road 4 kilometres south of Chora and 17 kilometres north of Pylos, at 150 metres above sea level and in an area of 170 metres by 90 metres. The distance from Kalamata city is 58 km and it takes around 1 hour and 10 minutes to get there.
Price: 95€ (waiting 2 hours)
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Messene is a significant ancient city in terms of its size, form, and state of preservation, and still has much to offer. It possesses not only sanctuaries and public buildings, but also imposing fortifications, and houses and tombs. It enjoys, amongst other things, the advantage of never having been destroyed or covered by later settlements, and is located on an unspoiled inland site. Its natural setting combines the grandeur of the mountains of Delphi with the low-lying, riverine tranquillity of Olympia, the dominating bare limestone mass of Ithome, the site of the ancient acropolis, with the low fertile valley around the ancient city.
It is becoming one of the most exciting archaeological sites in Greece. Noteworthy for its outstanding circuit walls erected in the 3rd century BC, and its massive Arcadian gate and eight surviving towers, Messene was little more than a green valley as recently as 40 years ago. Since then, however, important remains have kept coming to light – temples, houses, walls and public buildings – in excellent condition. Now you can walk freely among them and feel like a true citizen as you visit the Agora, the Temple of Artemis, the Stadium and Heroon, the fountain and various dwellings. What’s more, the ancient theatre has been restored and opened for performances in the summer of 2013.
The archaeological site of ancient Messene lies in a fertile valley approximately in the centre of the Regional Unit of Messenia, south of Mt Ithome. Just 35km north of Kalamata (around 40 minutes road trip) and around 18 km from Messini city it is a worldwide known destination that everyone should visit and learn about.
Price: 70€ (waiting 2 hours)
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