Built on the Messinian Gulf in southern Peloponnese, with the sea being a key component of its DNA as a travel destination, Kalamata is a city full of life that has undergone a total “lifting” as far as its hotel and restaurant scene is concerned. Especially after it was short-listed for the title of European Capital of Culture for 2021, the city has been embracing new trends and constantly refreshing itself. On the other hand, its natural beauty is a chapter on its own. As it boasts beaches for every style and offers many exciting options for short trips, this city is the rising queen of summer in mainland Greece. Whether you walk on the main promenade with the palm trees and the unique views of the sunset, or along the hip alley of Amfia with its many small shops, you’ll get the vibe for good. Of course, don’t forget to roam around the beautiful back streets of the Old Town. As it is just 2.5 hours away from Athens via the New National Road and its airport has made a dynamic entry in the map of Europe’s airports, one thing is sure: you will face no difficulty traveling to and from Kalamata. Moreover, its port is a major stop for cruise ships, while the extensive network of cycle lanes will make you think of your bicycle as an alternative means of transportation. Of course, the reference point in the wider region is no other that the luxurious resort complex of the “Costa Navarino” which has taken Kalamata to the next level as a travel destination and put it on the global tourist map in no time.