Kalamata is the capital and main port of Messinia, built in the place of the Homeric city of Pharae, in the gulf of the Messinian Gulf in the southwestern Peloponnese, favored by its location with an excellent, mild climate. The port of Kalamata and Kalamata National Airport "Kapetan Vassilios Konstantakopoulos" serve access by sea and air, while it is easy to reach the city with a good network of interurban and urban transports and bicycle paths. However, a rental car from Imperial Car Rental Kalamata will make your travels in the area spectacular. The current name of the city comes from the oldest name Kalamos, from the reeds on the banks of the river Neodon.
Already from the Early Bronze Age in the area, a pervasive civilization has developed, as evidenced by the Proto-Helladic mansions excavated at Akoviti. The settlement in medieval times was transformed into a fortress fortress, after the Fourth Crusade occupied by the Franks, then passed to the Palaiologues of Mystras, conquered by the Ottomans, controlled by the Venetians, freed from the Turkish yoke in 1821, experienced the German possession of 1940-1944 and after liberation began to grow spectacularly, to this day. Imperial Car Rental offers you the opportunity to explore the area with its many attractions and natural beauties.
Starting from the historic center in the city of Kalamata, visit its museums, such as the Benaki Museum, Folk Museum, Archaeological Museum of Messinia, Municipal Conservatory, Municipal Art Gallery, Dance of Kalamata. Admire the Hypapate of the Metropolitan Temple, with double bell towers and silver domes, at Ypapanti Square. There is a stroll to the Paplomatadika and to the galleries of Lontos and Varvoutsis, where the heart of the city hits, always filled with tables and worlds.
With the ease of the car rental Imperial Car Rental, you can visit the great archaeological site of Akovitika in the western part of the city, with the gigantic ancient houses of Megara and the large temple of Poseidon, worshiped in the region since the Protogeometric years. The symbol of Kalamata is the small Byzantine church of the Holy Apostles, built in the beginning of the 11th century. Enjoy the panoramic view of the city from the Frankish Castle and visit the Railway Park and the Outdoor Railroad Museum, the largest in Greece, awarded by the European Commission.
A great industrial heritage monument is the abandoned building of Messinia's "Evangelistria" Roller Mill, built in 1926, to the east of the harbor. From the beautiful suburb of Verga to the harbor of Kalamata, there is the beach of the city, a dreamless, endless beach beneath Taygetos, along Navarinou Boulevard, with large sidewalks, palm trees and splendid neoclassical buildings of the early 20th century.
For more beaches outside the city, take the Imperial Car Rental Kalamata rental car and discover beautiful picturesque settlements and unforgettable beaches such as Methoni, Finikounda, Pylos, Costa Navarino, Kyparissia and Kalo Nero on the west coast of Messinia but and Koroni, Petalidi, Messinis beach, Kardamili and Stoupa in the Messinian Gulf that will enchant you with their beauties.
Do not leave Kalamata without visiting the extraordinary archaeological site of Ancient Messina, where the Arsinoe Theater is active today, the Arcadian Gate with its eight towers and the temple of Artemis Phosphorus or Orthias Artemis. The Imperial Car Rental car rental service will help you get to know and enjoy the sights and beauties of Kalamata, this modern, joyful city that retains its historical identity in every corner and every aspect of its everyday life.