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Kalamata, Greece

By Joshua Wood, LPC

Last updated on Jul 09, 2023

Summary: Expats, digital nomads and retirees discuss what it is like to live in Kalamata, Greece: Cost of living, Finding a home, Meeting People and more.

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What do I need to know before moving to Kalamata?

When we asked people what advice they would give someone preparing to move to Kalamata, they said:

"Kalamata is a beautiful city located in the southern part of the country, known for its stunning landscapes, rich history, and delicious olives. Before moving to Kalamata, expats should be aware that the official language is Greek, and while English is commonly spoken in tourist areas, it may not be as widely spoken in residential areas. Therefore, learning some basic Greek phrases can be beneficial. The cost of living in Kalamata is generally lower than in many other European cities, but it's still important to budget carefully, especially if you're planning to live there long-term. The city has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters, so pack your clothes accordingly. Healthcare in Greece is a mix of public and private providers. While the quality of healthcare is generally good, it's recommended that expats have comprehensive health insurance. The city is known for its relaxed pace of life, which can be a big change if you're used to a fast-paced urban environment. The local cuisine is a highlight, with Kalamata olives and olive oil being local specialties. Public transportation in Kalamata includes buses and taxis, but many locals prefer to use cars or bikes. If you're planning to drive, you should be aware that you'll need an International Driving Permit in addition to your home country's driving license. Kalamata has a rich cultural scene, with numerous festivals and events taking place throughout the year, particularly in the summer. The city is also home to several museums and historical sites, including the Kalamata Castle and the Archaeological Museum of Messenia. Education in Kalamata is of a high standard, with a range of public and private schools, as well as options for international schooling. However, it's worth noting that the Greek education system can be quite different from other countries, so it's important to do your research. Finally, it's important to understand the local customs and traditions. Greeks are known for their hospitality and social nature, so don't be surprised if you're invited to a local's home for dinner or a social event," said one expat who made the move to Kalamata.

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About the Author

Joshua Wood Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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