There are so many sides to Messinia and it’s worth getting to know them all. Kalamata is a city in the southwestern Peloponnese, the capital of the Prefecture of Messinia and a port of southern mainland Greece. The city is built at the foot of Mount Kalathi (tip of Taygetus), in the heart of the Messinian Gulf and is 223 km from Athens. Kalamata is the second-most populous city in the Peloponnese after Patras. It is an important urban, financial and commercial center of the region, as well as the administrative center of the Prefecture of Messinia.