Fall in love with the Kalamata region of Greece, a gorgeous part of the mainland spread out across a peninsula.
This holiday honeypot comes up trumps with its dazzling beaches but that’s not the beginning and end of its draws. History is woven throughout, with a roll call of ancient gems to discover, and its lip-smacking cuisine is worth writing home about too.
- History lovers – To truly take in the landscape, visit the hillside Kastro in the city of Kalamata. The views out to the seafront are simply marvellous. Back on lower ground, you’ll be equally as amazed by the detailed mosaics and sculptures of the Archaeological Museum of Messenia. And how’s this for a slice of history? The Church of Agioi Apostoloi is where the Greek Revolution began.
- Beach lovers – Beach bums will be in heaven here, with long sandy stretches and the azure Aegean to enjoy day in, day out. Blue Flag Skafidia Beach is a quiet place to plop down and chill out, while Voidokilia Beach is one of the Greece’s most stunning patches, with a lagoon on one side and the twinkling sea on the other.
- Shopping lovers – The new town in the city of Kalamata is a great choice for shopping and picking up souvenirs, so who’s for a spot of retail therapy? It’s also worth looking out for wine shops and craft wares in resorts such as Koroni, Kardamili and Methoni.