Kalamata is famous as the town of olive trees, and as the gateway to Mani. The airport, railway terminus, major sea port, and bus station make it a transportation hub and gateway to all the surrounding area, and a good portion of the southern Peleponese. It has ferry service regularly in the summer to Crete. It is possible to get transportation anywhere in the area, and often ad hoc tours to places off the main tourist routes. There is nowhere in the southern Peleponese that has more transportation options.
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