Kalamata, formerly Kalamai, is a city in southwestern Peloponnese, capital of the prefecture of Messinia and port in southern mainland.
The Kalamata municipality has a population of 74.100 inhabitants according to the 2011 census. The city is built at the foot of Mount Cart (edge of Taygetos), in the heart of Messinian Bay.
It is 223 km from Athens, 215 from Patras and 715 from Thessaloniki. It has a temperate Mediterranean climate with warm winter and mild summers.
Everyday in the wider conurbation of Kalamata come and work for more than 100,000 people from neighboring towns.