Modern Kalamata is a medium size city with an airport and a busy port.
It faces the sea and has several high rise hotels which overlook it (B Class on down).
Kalamata is the capital of the Nome of Messinia and doesn't boast much in the way of antiquities.
Still it seems a pretty decent sort of town and the people were friendly too!
As a city it dates from the middle ages and is situated near the ancient city of Pherae mentioned by Homer.
In the early 13th century William de Champlitte divided the Peloponnese into 12 baronies and offered Kalamata to Geoffrey de Villehardouin.