A small settlement on the South coast of the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece, Karadymili is a delightful place to visit. I visited Karadymili on a day trip from Kalamata, however I recommend that you stay for longer. In this blog, I share how I spent half a day in Karadymili.
How to reach?
I had pre-booked a bus ticket for €4 one way, the evening before, from Kalamata bus stand. I left my bnb stay just in time to catch the 7:00AM bus for my day trip to Karadymili. In peak seasons, you may have to book earlier.
The route was pleasant and when I reached there at around 8:00AM, the town was already beginning to show signs of activity.
What to do?
Visit the Tower of Moutzinon
As soon as I got off the bus, I was greeted by the most adorable fluffy, furry dog, who greeted me as if he had been waiting for me. He became my guide on this daytrip to Karadymili. There were barely any people on the street at the time and I wanted to visit an old tower house, called the Tower of Moutzinon, I didn’t know the name at the time.
I saw a couple of people but they didn’t speak English, however, they stopped a couple of young boys, who spoke English, to guide me. Greeks are kind and friendly and during my trip, they always ensured that someone translated for me. This happened when I was traveling to Kalamata from Olympia. To know about Olympia, read my blog things to do in a day in Olympia, Greece. All young people are fluent in English, the older ones, not so much.
Furry guide unpaid endorsement
They guided me towards the way that my furry guide was inclined to go any way. In company of my new friend, I gathered some courage to go on the deserted route. Soon I noticed three British travelers catching up. All three of them were around sixty years of age and were visiting the same tower and were convinced like me, that the furry dog was their sole guide. It was then that I realized that he was the kind of guide who collects clients and gives equal, undivided attention to all. At the fortress, the British tourists were kind enough to pay for my entrance ticket because they thought I was a student.
Trek to one of the old Byzantine churches
After visiting the old fortress and tower, which didn’t take more than 10-15 minutes, I asked them what they were planning on doing and they told me that they were planning on hiking to one of the old Byzantine churches. With their approval, I joined them for the hike. It was difficult to keep up with them because one of the ladies and the man were almost six feet tall and walked fast, but since they were all older than me, I couldn’t really complain. They gave me a lot of information about the plants in that area and about a lot of other things in general. It was a most pleasant walk, mostly uphill though.
Symmetry of the Byzantine Churches
They told me that the Byzantine churches had a central dome and the four projecting flanks on each side made it look like a cross when seen from above and that the symmetry was beautiful. I didn’t know that and though I didn’t get another chance to look at a Byzantine church from the top since then, I will certainly keep on a lookout for the spacial symmetry whenever I get a chance to visit again.
The furry guide walked ahead of us all the while. We finally made it to an old Byzantine church but it was locked. I wondered if they had been inside one of these churches. They told me that the key can usually be found either on the ledge of the door or the window. We were not lucky enough this time around and couldn’t find a key and so I didn’t get a chance to look at the inside of the church.
Breathe in the views
On our way back, they told me amount the sage plant and how you can rub your fingers on the leaf and smell to identify it. We reached a cottage in shambles on top of a hill which opened into a magnificent panoramic view of the town overlooking the calm blue Mediterranean sea. It was serene.
Apparently the Helen of Troy had once bathed in those beautiful blue waters.
We made our way back in to Karadymili. Here I parted with my co-travelers. I wanted to treat the furry guide for being such a good companion but he disappeared. Thankfully I had saved the treat I had bought for him so when he reappeared, I was able to thank him by giving it to him.
I was hopeful that I would soon be able to take a bus to Kalamata, however, the next bus was at around 2:00PM and it was only 11:00AM then.
Indulge in local delicacies from one of the many small cafes
To treat myself on this day trip to Karadymili, I bought myself some walnut cake and orange juice. Many tourists were strolling the main street at this time and I followed suit.
Window shopping at art galleries
I strolled around the main street, looking at some of the art galleries, which are always fascinating in Greece. Art is a part of the culture and it is evident in day to day activities of life, such as hanging out the laundry to dry on a clothesline, the arrangement of chairs and tables, arrangement of color coordinated flower pots on the ledge of a window or beautiful, innovative lamps in cafes and restaurants.
Relax by the beach
The day trip to Karadymili will not be complete without mentioning the beach. I went to the beach and relaxed on a sunbed for some time. It was a beautiful, clear day and what better than soaking in the sun.
I returned back to Kalamata in the afternoon but I wish I had a few more days there.