Kalamata, Greece, is one of the largest cities on the Peloponnese peninsula and is an absolute gem of a city. The vibe of the town -- especially at night -- is what makes the place. In the centre, there is a large plaza that has restaurants lining the streets; people hang out here to pass time as well. It is a great area for people watching.
There are also a couple of really great museums to visit here too. The first, which is highly recommended, is the Victoria Karelia Museum of Traditional Greek Costumes. They are stunning and give a different insight into Greek life. There is the Archeological Museum for Messene, which details all the the artifacts found at the ancient site. If you want to go to the ancient site, it is about a forty-five-minute drive from Kalamata if you have a car, but getting here by bus can be tricky as the buses often only run once a day, two days a week.
If wanting to explore in general, buses can be quite tricky and bus times can be fairly infrequent. Make sure you do your research first. In the interest of saving time and money, however, the best way to do the Peloponnese area in general is by car, especially if you want to visit many of the ancient sites.
Kalamata is also on the coast, so if you are wanting a day to chill out and relax, you can also head to the beach on a local bus and enjoy some downtime.
Hostel options in Kalamata, Greece are extremely scarce; you will be located in the northern end of the city and within walking distance of the KTEL bus station. Your Kalamata, Greece hostel will also place you close to both of the museums and the central market. During the summer months, your Kalamata, Greece hostel should be open, but double check in the winter months as many hostels tend to close down for the off-season.
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