Savor “Olive” Your Time in Kalamata on Our Greece Cruises

Mention the word “Kalamata” and visions of large, plump olives start Greek dancing around your head. But when we’re talking Kalamata, the capital city of Messenia in the Greek Isles, there are even more tasty treats to sink your teeth into.

It’s a veritable buffet of beauty, with numerous historic sites—like the Castle of Kalamata, Ypapanti Square, Old Town, and the Square of March 23, which commemorates the city’s liberation from the Turks in 1821—and attractions like the Archaeological Museum and Monastery Kalograion. That’s not to forget such spectacular beaches as Kalamata, Bouka, and Almyros, all of which have been awarded a Blue Flag for meeting stringent environmental standards.

If you’ve worked up an appetite swimming, snorkeling, or simply basking in the sun, enjoy a honey-and-sesame snack of pasteli (which dates back over 6,000 years). For heartier fare, head to one of the seaside tavernas for gournopoula (slow-roasted pig), renowned regional cheeses like kserosfeli, sfela, and talagani, and such local wines as Arcadia, Argolida, and Moschofilero.

It may be all Greek to you now, but trust us when we say that our Azamara® cruises to Greece will be good for your health...and your heart.

Monastery Kalograion

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The exterior of the Monastery Kalograion in Kalamata, Greece

Monastery Kalograion

Dating back more than 200 years, Monastery Kalograion is a still-functioning nunnery built on the ruins of a 13th century church. Today, it’s renowned for silk textiles—particularly Kalamata scarves—that the nuns weave, and are produced from silkworms raised there. (Please note: Visitors are asked to dress modestly.)

Municipal Railway Park

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Municipal Railway Park in Kalamata, Greece

Municipal Railway Park

All aboard for the Kalamata Municipal Railway Park, the only open-air museum of its kind in Greece. This somewhat-surprising exhibit includes a train station, master lodge, and seven steam locomotives that date back to the 1800s—all set against the backdrop of a quaint park, with a café and recreation facilities.

Benakopoulos Olive Mill

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Close up of an olive tree at the Benakopoulos Olive Mill in Kalamata, Greece

Benakopoulos Olive Mill

Walk through a Kalamata olive orchard and learn all about the production of olive oil—including how to grow, harvest, and press olives—at Benakopoulos Olive Mill (which is about a 30-minute drive from the city). Then enjoy a tasting, where you can sample and purchase various grades of olive oil.

Kalamata, Greece At a glance

Current Weather:
19°C / 66 °F
Scattered Thunderstorms
Partly Cloudy (Day)
Partly Cloudy (Day)
Current Time:
10:38:52 pm2018/10/22 22:38:52 pm
Monday, October 22
UTC/GMT +02:00
Exchange Rates:
  • 1.16
  • 1.50
  • 0.87
  • 1.52
  • 75.18
  • 3.81
  • 22.28
  • 1.69
Local Details:
GPS: 37°1'19.2"N 22°6'46.8"E
Size: 440.30 KM2 (170.00 MI2)
Population: 69,849
Density: 159 Pop/KM2 (61 Pop/MI2)
Country Code: 27210

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