The mountainous Peloponnese peninsula is an 'island within the mainland' surrounded by water and connected to the mainland at just two points—to the east over the Corinth Canal and over the Rion-Antirion Bridge to the north.
The area contained several cities important in antiquity such as Mycenae, Argos, Megalopolis, Sparta, Ellis, Messene, and Corinth. The region also contains the important ancient sites of Olympia (which regularly hosted Pan-Hellenic sporting games, notably the Olympic Games), Epidaurus, Isthmia and Nemea.
Kalamata, the capital and central port of Messinia, is the second most populous city of the Peloponnese peninsula, after Patras. Kalamata is located in the heart of the Messenian gulf in southern Peloponnese, near the ancient city of Farai. The natural beauty of Messinia with the indented shores, sandy beaches, forested mountains and fertile valleys, coexists with significant archaeological monuments.
Kalamata can offer the visitor images of breathtaking landscapes. Olive groves, the azure waters of the bay, churches with traditional architecture, rural buildings and ancient castles, everything stands under the whimsical Peloponnesian light of the mainland where the old encounters the new.
Kalamata introduces the traveler its rich history in every step of the way. Its fascinating cultural heritage which is the result of multiple influences over the years dating back before the Bronze Age, is captured everywhere around the old city.
The 4 Km length city's extensive beach with crystal clear waters is ideal for swimming and all kinds of water sports. Along the seaside, there are several tavernas, ouzo restaurants, cafeterias, bars and clubs. A beach pathway leads to the conference venue.
Kalamata is near the archaeological sites of Mistras, Epidaurus and Ancient Olympia.