Kalamata Car Rental

Enterprise Car Rental Locations in Kalamata

Kalamata is a seaside city located in southern Greece. The city can be reached by air via Kalamata International Airport, which is 10 kilometers away. Buses between Kalamata and the nearby city of Messini all have stops at the airport, and the trip takes upward of 25 minutes. But be warned: buses are infrequent during the winter. If you visit outside peak tourist season or plan on exploring beyond the city limits, you should pick up a vehicle at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car branch at the airport.

What to do and see in Kalamata

Kalamata's tourist attractions reflect the city's rich history. On the northern side of town, the Castro contains the remains of a medieval castle, an Orthodox monastery and an ancient amphitheater.

Across from the castle is Kalamata's wet market. In addition to fresh local produce, here you'll find small eateries and shops where you can buy the region's most well-known products: olives, olive oil, wine and raisins. Near the Castro is Plateia, Kalamata's historic district, characterized by wide pedestrian streets, green spaces and historical buildings.

History and culture buffs will enjoy exploring the exhibits at Modern Greek Art Gallery, Kalamata's Folklore Museum, the Archeological Museum and Victoria Karelias Collection of Traditional Greek Costumes.

Kalamata and its surroundings are blessed with spectacular coastal landscapes. Several beaches extend to both sides of the marina. Sandy beaches like Bouka and Velika are found going west toward Messini. Driving east, you'll mainly come across pebble beaches like those at Almiros, Santova and Foneas. If you've rented a car or van in Kalamata, the best thing to do is venture down the Mani peninsula without a fixed destination and allow yourself to be surprised by the views you'll find along the way.

The Kalamata region offers more than coastal landscapes. This area is nestled between the sea and the Taygetos mountains, where some peaks reach 2,500 meters. In this mountain range, accessible with a rental car in Kalamata, you'll find alpine meadows, gorges and valleys that are perfect for spring or autumn hikes.

Greece is a family friendly destination, and Kalamata is no exception. Visitors with children will find plenty of things to do, from spending a fun day at the city beach to kayaking, sailing, or exploring the castles of Koroni and Methoni, located a one-hour drive west of Kalamata. Another option involves driving 30 minutes to the small town of Androusa, which is surrounded by olive groves. Here you can arrange a tour of the local olive oil factory and take a family cooking class.

Kalamata's tavernas are the best place to sample Greek cuisine. You'll find a variety of tavernas and restaurants near the Archeological Museum. Moreover, Greece has a big outdoor café culture, so you may want to join the locals and watch the world go by at Kalamata's seaside eateries and cafés. Wine lovers will enjoy sampling local wines or, even better, following the wine route that goes west from Kalamata to Marathopoli on the Ionian Sea.

The main shopping street is Aristomenous in the historic district, where you'll find a mix of international and Greek brands. In addition, there are two major Greek department stores on Aristomenous' northern side, Notos Gallery and Hondos Center.

Some of the most important events in Kalamata are Easter and Carnival. As for cultural events, the most well-known are the International Puppet Festival (May), Kalamata Dance Festival (July) and Peloponnisos International Documentary Festival (October).

Driving in Kalamata

The best advice for first-time visitors who plan to drive in Greece is to drive defensively. This means constantly scanning the road for unexpected hazards and staying to the right of the lane. It's also important to be aware of local driving habits, like using hazard lights to signal anything from looking for a parking spot to turning unexpectedly or stopping in the middle of the road after a blind corner. The latter is worth remembering when driving on mountain roads near Kalamata, like the road to Sparta and the Taygetos mountain range.

Keep a close eye on motorcycles, which are plentiful in Greece and tend to pass in dangerous spots. When driving in the city, look out for parked or double-parked cars, as drivers often open their doors without checking for incoming vehicles.

Despite the local habits, punishment for infractions involves steep fines, especially for speeding, breaking passing rules and driving through red lights or stop signs. Fines for drunk driving vary depending on breathalyzer results and can exceed 1,000 euro for drivers well above the legal limit of alcohol content, as well as potential license suspension and imprisonment.

The speed limit when driving on freeways like the A7 (one of the major roads around Kalamata) is 120 km/h. On national roads like road 82, which you'll need for many of the tourist landmarks outside of Kalamata, the maximum speed is 90 km/h, although this may be lower when going over mountain passes. In urban areas, the speed limit is always 50 km/h.

Lastly, remember that there are several toll gates along the A7 between Kalamata, Sparta and Corinth. Cash and card payments are accepted.

Car and van hire in Greece with Enterprise

Enterprise Greece offers a range of car and van hire services including one-way, long-term and short-term vehicle hire. Commercial clients can speak to our award-winning business rental team who will tailor a mobility solution for your needs and budget.

We are part of the Enterprise group, the largest transportation solutions provider in the world. Our global network covers more than 90 countries and over 9,500 locations, allowing us to serve your mobility needs, wherever you’re going.

We are committed to providing the best service possible and exceeding our customers’ expectations for quality and value.

Car hire in Kalamata

If you are travelling with your family or in a big group, you may find a 7-seater or a people carrier will give you more space to travel comfortably with your luggage. For a city trip, a handy hatchback that’s easy to park may suit you better. For business trips or long drives an executive car will combine comfort and performance.

Whether you prefer automatic to manual transmission, no problem. If you want a petrol, diesel or hybrid engine, we’ve got you covered. You may also need GPS, a child seat or want to add another driver to the contract, let us know and we’ll arrange it for you.

Van hire in Kalamata

Should you need to hire a van while you’re in Kalamata, all our vans can be driven on a standard licence and are modern, clean and easy to drive. Just ask and one of our branch team will happily show you around your hire van to make sure you are comfortable with it before you head off.