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Messinian Bay Hotel is located in the city of Kalamata, an exciting area with numerous sights and places of interest, which are both educative and entertaining for its visitors.
Looking back to the history of south Peloponnese, in its southern west coast lies the vast medieval castle of Methoni, which was not only a great fortress, protecting the people nearby, but also a significant port. Another memorable castle is that of Kalamata which traces back to the historical family of Villehardouins, which founded the Principality of Achaia. Today, Kalamata’s castle is a fine sample of the castles that have been built by the Francs in Peloponnese. Many parts of the castle have been preserved and are accessible to visitors, while the view from the castle is breathtaking. Finally, the southern part of the castle accommodates a small theater, which was built in the fifties and is still operational today, hosting many cultural events (music, dance, etc.).
For those who love nature and trekking, Viros Gorge is an excellent nearby destination. Its route starts from Old Kardamili, going up inside the gorge. The route is paved with asphalt for most of its length and in the end there is a cobblestone path leading to the picturesque village of Tseria. Moreover, if you are staying in Kalamata do not miss the chance to visit Voidokilia bay, one of the finest beaches in Greece and the finest of southwest Messinia. At this spot, nature seems as it has created a perfect semicircle of sand, while above the beach lies the impressive castle “Palaiokastro”.
Focusing on Kalamata, it is the city of the four great squares. First there is the magnificent square of Ypapanti, situated south of Kalamata’s castle, where you will find the astounding building of “Ypapanti of Sotiros”, which is an orthodox temple dedicated to Jesus Christ. Every year on February the second, the temple hosts a great celebration. In the northeast of the Ypapanti square lies the square of Fragolimna, which accommodates the Holy Residence of Metropolite of Kalamata. Furthermore, there is the historic main square of March the 23rd , where you will find many bars and coffee houses. Finally, there is also the Mavromichali square, where you will find the temple of “Mikri Taksiarxes”.
Kalamata features numerous churches, each dedicated to a different saint, which the locals believe are the holy protectors of the city. There are four temples around the castle: the one of Saint Demetrius, the small temple of Saint Kyriaki, the temple of St. John the Baptiste and the temple of Saint George. In the square of Ypapanti lies the head temple of the city, while in the northwest side of the square you will find the chapel of Saint Anargyroi. In the west side of Frangolimna square lies the prototypical “double-sided temple”, whose one side is dedicate to Saint Nikolas and the other to Saint Athanasius. Additionally, on the Eastern side of the same square visitors can gaze upon the cemetery temple of Saint Charalambos. Finally, north of the March 23rd square lies the beautiful chapel of Saint Apostoli. Another religious and historic point of interest is the Kalograion monastery, which is located southeast of the castle and still accommodates approximately 23 nuns.
Besides its religious heritage, the city of Kalamata has many more wonders to present to its visitors. Some of them are the Municipal Conservatory, the Aleksandrakeio Nursing Home, the Main Public Library, the neoclassical double floor building of the State Files service (dated between 1890-1910) and most of all its four great museums: the Military museum, the museum of History and Laography (Folklore), the Benakeio Archeological museum, and the Messinian Archeological museum. Last but not least, do not leave the city without visiting the Karelia tobacco factory and the Municipal Gallery of Kalamata or without hearing the Municipal Philharmonic band’s melodies.