Kalamata - Greece

Kalamata is the capital of Messinia, on the south-western corner of the Peloponnese. The city is not pretty although the old town around the kastro is fairly picturesque and the waterfront is lively. It was damaged by both Turks and earthquakes. From here you are able to visit the ruins of ancient Messini (Messene) lying in a valley below the village of Mavromati. Founded in 371BC when the Thebans defeated Sparta, the new Messinian capital was built as a defensive town to watch over Sparta. Up from the village is the circular Arcadian Gate and the best surviving section of the massive defensive walls. Steep paths lead down to the ancient ruins where th main excavations are in the asklepion centred on a Doric Temple. Further downhill is the largely intact stadium surrounded by the remains of a large gymnasium. It is also possible to reach the wonderful ruins of powerful Mystras, crowned by an imposing fortress. The following 5 cruises call at Kalamata. Discover more by clicking the cruise name or ship or click the Enquire button if you want to check availability and pricing.