At the inner side of the Messenean Gulf and at the outskirts of a verdurous lowland, the capital of Messinia – built on the river bank of Neda – is considered along with Patra the biggest industry and trade center of Peloponnisos. Kalamata offers all the comforts of a big city and serves the purpose of quick and easy transportation to the whole of Messinia. There is an organised marina next to the port which hosts smaller tourist vessels.The beaches in Kalamata (streching to a distance of 4klm) along with all the other beaches in Messinia have been awarded numerous times with European Blue flags. And the wonder is that you can be on the beach just in a few minutes on foot.Don’t miss to visit the Folk Art Museum and the Benakis Archeological Museum which has exhibits from Coper to Roman era.And if you happen to visit Kalamata during July you will enjoy watching the International Dance Festival which is under the aegis of the Administration of Culture since 1985.This Festival has the purpose to promote and boost artistic creativity. Educational seminars, lectures as well as videodance productions are just few of the things you can watch every year. The people of Kalamata also organise a very colourful and delirious carnival, while here is the main source of entertainment. Coffee-bars, clubs and live music are at your disposal.