1. Kalamata: Private Highlights Walking Tour with Snacks
Join us for a wonderful journey through space and time, where legends come to life and become a game, weaving the marvellous history of Kalamata in Messinia region. Where You’ll stroll around one of the most beautiful coastal cities of the Peloponnese: Kalamata. Our journey through time starts from Homer and the heroes of the Iliad. It then continues on to the Byzantine years with the Franks, the Venetians and the Turks, reaching all the way up to the 19th and 20th century, when Kalamata was reborn through the ashes and transformed into the beautiful modern city it is today. The Walking tour experience Put on your walking shoes and enjoy a beautiful stroll through the streets of Kalamata! Meeting Point Maria, our passionate food lover and local host, will be waiting for you at the beautiful central square of Kalamata, Vasileos Geogiou Square, (Πλατεία Βασιλέως Γεωργίου) in front of the Statues (Agalmata) of the Messinian war Heroes of 1821. What you’ll discover After a warm welcome, you’ll set off on your walking experience and together we’ll discover some of the more interesting sights. You’ll not just find out all about their history, but also about the people of the time, their way of life and funny stories about their day-to-day routine. Some of the Walking Tour highlights: •Cultural Centre – Nikolaos and Regina Pantazopoulou Neoclassical Building •General State Archives Building •Church of Agios Nikolaos •19th century Classical and Neoclassical Buildings •Mavromichali Square •Victoria G. Karelias Collection of Greek Traditional Costumes Museum •Frangolimna Square •Old Karelia Tobacco Factory •Upper Square / Church of Presentation of Jesus (Ypapanti tou Sotiros) •St. Constantine and Helen Convent •The area around Kalamata's Frankish Castle •Archaeological Museum •Amfeia Square or Paplomatadika (Quilt Makers) •Byzantine Church of the Holy Apostles •Othonos Square •Varvoutsis and Lontos Galleries The leisurely stroll continues around the small alleys of the city and walk around the sights that interest you. Half-way through the tour, you might feel a bit peckish, so stopping at a small traditional shop for a few minutes is a must! It’s the ideal way to get to know the rich culinary tradition of this area, tasting one of its local delicacies. During our walking tour, you’ll have time to do some shopping and at the end you may wish to enjoy a mouthwatering local lunch in one of the cosiest Coffee Shop-Cum-Ouzo taverns in Kalamata. Why tour with a local Visiting a new place is always a unique and beautiful experience. You usually visit museums, marvel at monuments and the sights, go shopping around the main streets and maybe watch the people go by. How would you feel if you were able to discover the old, hidden stories behind everything you see? Or if you found out about true stories of love and betrayal that have become novels? If you have a local walking next to you, you’ll get to do all that and so much more!