Things to do in
Kalamata

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Navarino Bay: Sea Kayaking with Lunch

1. Navarino Bay: Sea Kayaking with Lunch

Sea kayaking in Navarino Bay offers you the experience of remoteness with a visit to the island of Sphacteria. You will explore beautiful rock formations and sea caves, relax on a hidden cove with a deserted beach and hopefully spot some migrant birds sea turtles or seals. Your trip begins from the marina of Pylos. Before departing, you will be briefed on trip details, kayak paddling techniques, and safety measures. Soon you will be paddling by the town of Pylos and the castle of Niokastro heading towards the Tsihli Baba, an imposing monolithic islet with an impressive rock arch formed at its northern tip. Weather permitting, you will circumnavigate the islet, visit a few of its sea caves and paddle through its tunnels and arches. Your next stop will be the one and only accessible from the sea beach of the island of Sphacteria. During your stop there will be enough time to swim, snorkel, sunbathe, rest and enjoy a picnic with freshly baked bread organic, garden-grown fruits and vegetables, homemade olive oil, and cheese. Once the lunch stop is over you will paddle back to the starting point to end an adventurous day spent in the tranquility of the Navarino Bay.

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Kalamata: The Olive Oil Routes Tour

2. Kalamata: The Olive Oil Routes Tour

Start your small group tour at the arranged meeting point: the magnificent 13th century castle of Androusa, located in the heart of Messinia, just a 20 minute drive from Kalamata and 10 minutes from Ancient Messene. Begin with beautiful olive walks to provide as an overview of the amazing olive groves of Messinia. Witness the olive trees as the guide tells you about the history, the tradition, and the mythical stories of the castle olive trees. The olive grove is the next visit. Walk though the groves and marvel the perennial olive trees. Learn about the different varieties of olive trees in the area and discover the story of the Messinian land as recorded on the stems. In the center of Androusa Village, visit a unique olive oil press and mill, located there for more than 120 years. The fifth generation owner will explain the procedure of extraction, the storage, and standardization process of extra virgin olive oil. Next, join a tasting session, where a dining table is filled with the special blue olive oil tasting glasses ready for you to try. Taste the extra virgin olive oil of 'Koroneiki' variety and learn about its organoleptic characteristics. Learn to recognize the elements that define the extra virgin olive oil. Taste different varieties of Greek extra virgin olive oil, such us 'Manaki', 'Xalkidikis', 'Mavroelia', and evaluate their flavours. What about food? The extra virgin olive oil of different varieties is matched with traditional recipes including fruit, gourmet small dishes, as well as tzatziki, kalamata olives, olive paste, lalagia, pasto (smoked ham) and local cheeses. Enjoy a unique experience in the historic olive groves, and learn about the history, the soul, the tradition, and the gastronomy of Messinia.

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What people are saying about Kalamata

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 20 reviews

A great tour with a wonderful hostess

The tour by and with Dimitra was just perfect. Everything you could wish for was given. Interesting facts, different locations (castle, olive grove and olive oil production) authentic insight into life around olives and olive oil as well as great food. The olive oil tasting was very educational. The heart and soul of this tour is Dimitra, who does it with passion and enthusiasm and gives personal insights into the work and life of her family. You were made to feel welcome and the hospitality really couldn't be beat. We can only recommend this tour to everyone.

Far more than expected

Very nice tour by the extremely charming and technically perfect Dimitra, organization, timing and information that couldn't be topped, was unexpectedly one of the highlights of our vacation, to be recommended to everyone

Recommended. Wonderful kayak trip at Giolava. With a wonderful picnic on the island and time for swimming and snorkeling. It took 4 hours but we were even longer on the road. Not too heavy too, doable. Recommended

Dimitria was an excellent guide! The history of olive oil in Greece and to the Greeks was explained through stories. The tour of the grove was great to see. The tasting was educational and lunch delicious.

Very good Experience.. perfect guide, who were able to tell historic histories about the ancient Peloponnesus … I would go again