Kalamata, drenched in sunlight and kissed by the blue sea, is the capital of Messinia. Built at the feet of mount Taygetos, it has been standing there since Byzantine times. Its port, the largest in the prefecture and the southernmost port of mainland Greece is bustling with life. It is a modern city with 54,065 inhabitants, still bearing the marks of its history. For long years it has been known for its rich production and has gradually come to become one of the country’s major poles of growth.