Agios Nikolaos : is pleasant fishing village and is often referred to locally as Selinistsa, which was its former Slavic name. The harbour in Agios Nikolaos is in the centre of the village and if you go early in the morning you can watch the fishing boats coming in with their catch. Wives and family members stand at the quayside and help the men to unravel their nets. Restaurant owners buy the fish straight from the fishermen so you can be assured of fresh fish at the harbour restaurants. There is also a great selection of other tavernas, Pizzarias and trendy sandwich and coffee bars. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon or evening. You can also go for a swim in Agois Nikoloas as there is a path from the village which leads to an enchanting hidden cove with a swimming platform and deeply eroded caves, great for snorkeling and diving.
Agios Dimitrios: heading south along the road from Aghios Nikolaos brings you to the little hamlet of Aghios Dimitrios. This is a delightful place with a collection of holiday homes and accommodation nestled around the little harbour. There are two delightful tavernas overlooking the sandy beach and the sea. The first one you come to is the most obvious. The second one is round the bend in the road and a little further on.
Kalamata is the capital of the Messinian Mani, the second city of the Peloponnese. It is a bustling city of 44,000 with a vibrant cultural life, art galleries, plentiful parks and a smart marina for yachts It is also a manufacturing centre and olive oil port, as well as a dock for the other fruits of Messinia. Kalamata’s claim to fame is its olives and figs. It is the place to buy ceramic pots or silk headscarves, a last memory of Messinia’s prosperous mulberry groves. Kalamata is as famous for these as it is for the Kalamatianos, a circle dance popular all over Greece.
The old part of the city with its Frankish castle is worth a visit and sits on a low hill at the north end of the town – just above the market and bus station. There is also a daily market in the old part of the town mostly selling fresh fish, meat, fruit and vegetables. The other market near the bus station is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays and sells a wide variety of things.
Other places worth a visit are the Archaeological Museum near the castle and the 11C Church of the Apostles. In the middle ages the city was called Kalamai, it got its name Kalamata (good eyes) when an icon of the Virgin was found, remarkable for her sympathetic eyes. You can check out the truth of this in the Church of the Apostles where the icon holds pride of place. In 1941 7,000 allied troops fell into German hands here before they could be evacuated by the Royal Navy. Every year Kalamata hosts reunions of these soldiers whose war ended so abruptly in German prison camps. Kalamata city centre is situated around the main square in Aristomenous Street. All the banks are here as well as a variety of restaurants, shops and an art gallery