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day 12 Kalamata Polylimnio

Visit Kalamata and Polylimnio waterfalls (Totally 113 km)

The history of Kalamata begins with Homer, who mentions Farai, an ancient city built more or less where the Kalamata Castle stands today.

It was believed that during ancient times the area that the city presently occupies was covered by the sea, but the proto-Greek and archaic period remains (Poseidon temple) that were unearthed at Akovitika region prove the opposite.

There are numerous historical and cultural sights in Kalamata, such as the Villehardouin castle, the Ypapanti Byzantine church, the Kalograion monastery with its silk-weaving workshop where the Kalamata scarves are made, and the municipal railway park. The Church of the Holy Apostles is where Mavromichalis declared the revolt against Ottoman rule in 1821. Art collections are housed at the Municipal Gallery, the Archeological Museum of Messinia and the Folk Art Museum.

Polylimnio Waterfalls

Often described as a Greek paradise, the Polilimnio Waterfalls in Polilimnio Gorge offer something different from Messenia’s usual beaches. Visitors are immersed in a scene of lush greenery, gushing cascades, and green lakes filled with fresh-water crabs perfect for a relaxing dip.

There are a series of small waterfalls and pools running through a small gorge, with the largest pool and waterfall at the top, where the water is deep. You can swim in the top pool and you may see local lads diving of the cliffs. The gorge is teeming with wildlife and is very picturesque, ideal for a hot day, the cold mountain water is cold but refreshing. It’s a very beautiful place.

Overnight stay in Finikouda at camping Finikes