A problem with the service battery force us to make a stop in Kalamata to wait until we get the new battery ordered from Athens. We take the opportunity to go sightseeing around a city that we always snubbed for no obvious reason. We discover that Kalamata is a rather interesting city where it may be worthwhile stopping for a day or two to stroll around, visit its museum or just do some shopping.
This archaeological site undoubtedly belongs to the “not to be missed” attractions of Peloponnese listed on the UNESCO heritage of humanity sites. It’s a deserted though intact byzantine town built uphill so be prepared for a good long walk uphill; it took us five hours to explore it, starting from the lower town to the ruined castle and back again. The main attraction are the many churches decorated with beautiful frescoes. A very well-spent morning!
The strong wind blew away our desire to hang around the beach. Instead of suffering next to the stormy sea, we decided to visit the Venetian fortress which stands on a hill above the town of Karystos and also, weather permitting, to explore the Roman quarries situated further up the mountain Ochi. This place was famous since antiquity for its particular, colorful marble and still has a kind of mystic atmosphere. Definitely worth the hike!