Kalamata the host city of the 2016 AIDA Team World Championships would like to welcome you all!

Situated in the south of Greece in the beautiful region of Messinia offers beautiful shores, sandy beaches, forested mountains and fertile valleys, coexisting with significant archaeological monuments. Kalamata, the capital and central port of Messinia, is situated at the site of ancient Farai.

Following independence from the Turks and thanks to the exploitation of the fertile Messinian lands (producing olive oil, raisins, figs etc), it developed into a beautiful urban centre and a significant port. It is located 238 km SW of Athens.

Walking around town

The point of reference in the city of Kalamata is the legendary “castle of Isabeau” where the Kalamata International Dance Festival takes place annually. It is amphitheatrically constructed on the site of the Farai acropolis offering a bird’s eye view of the city and you should definately take the short walk from the city center up to the Castle to enjoy the view. Nowadays, it is an ideal open air venue for theatre, music and dance shows. No less beautiful is the exquisite Palia Poli (Old City) at the foot of the Castle. The wider region boasts the Metropolitan Panagia Ipapanti church (1873), the patron saint of Kalamata, the 12th century Kalograion Monastery with the renowned silk weaving workshop, and the Byzantine church Agioi Apostoloi (13th century) with the brick enclosed masonry. The area is the hotspot for the city’s life, for it is the beating heart of the nightlife in Kalamata!

Must-see attractions 

  • The City Hall.
  • The Modern Greek Art Gallery, with paintings, sculptures and carvings.
  • The Benakeion Archaeological Museum (housed in the neoclassical building of the old Municipal agora) with findings dating from the Bronze Age to the Roman period.
  • The spacious central Vassileos Georgiou (King George) square with many coffee shops, meeting places and strolling venues for residents and visitors. The pedestrian walkway of Aristomenous Street starts here with many stores and coffee shops to populate it.
  • To the west of the square the neighbourhood unfolds around the picturesque railroad station with a network of pedestrian ways, small coffee shops, bars and tavernas.
  • The Railways Park a beautiful relaxing walk just minutes away from the beachfront - walk among exhibits of old motorcycles and railway wagons.
  • The seaside road in front of the city’s extensive beach (4 km length with marvellous waters). On the seaside of Kalamata, people can swim in crystal clear waters and enjoy lace-like beaches, which have been granted the Blue Flag award of quality. Along the seaside, there are several tavernas, ouzo restaurants, cafeterias, bars, clubs, whereas beach aficionados can enjoy all kinds of water sports.
  • The western beach with the city’s marina connected to the city centre via a cycle lane too.

Near-by destinations 

  • The beaches at Verga (8 km E), Mikri Mandineia (10 km SE), Avia (12 km SE) and Kitries (17 km SE), which in recent years have developed into resorts with significant tourist facilities and a vibrant nightlife.
  • The Ancient site of Ancient Messini (29 km NW) which is one of the most complete ancient cities discovered in Greece.
  • The mountain villages on the Western slope of Mt.Taygetos, on the road to the city from Sparta, which is one of the most beautiful roads in Greece.

The city of Kalamata can be reached by flights (regular and charter) from many European cities. Nearest airport is Kalamata Int Airport (KLX).

Shuttle flights are also available from Athens Int Airport as are regular buses connecting Athens to Kalamata (Timetables will be made available prior to the event).