Kalamata is famous as the town of olive trees, and as the gateway to Mani. The meaning of it's name is Beautiful Eyes in Greek. It is the second-largest city of the Peloponnese in southern Greece. Kalamata Olives are featured in finer restaurants around the world, but it has other culinary distinctions.
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The area to the south has various honeys that have been praised by travelers back to the French Morea expeditions of the 1700's. Honey from the region is held in high regard even today. Honey was used in Roman times for treatment of hysteria and other ailments, and in the area today it has some reputation for enhancing romance.
The Messenian Gulf where Kalamata is located has various long beaches.