Kalamata, Greece - Kalamata is Messinia's capital and the second-largest city in the Peloponnese. Cafes and tavernas lining the key avenues Navarinou and Aristomenous, a 13th century castle raising its head. But it is also a gateway to the region – to the glorious antiquity of ancient Olympia and to the soft beaches of the Costa Navarino.
Ancient Messene is a major historical and archaeological site located in the Peloponnese region of Greece. Often overlooked by people intent on visiting Olympia, Corinth, and Mycenae, Ancient Messene is a vast complex you should definitely consider adding to your list of places to see in Greece.
'Kalamata is a city built on two products at opposite ends of the health scale. On the good side are olives – as well as the famous table olives it produces a high quality oil. On the other hand the city is home to Karelia, Greece’s most famous brand of cigarettes.' The Peloponnese: the Bradt Guide www.bradtguides.com