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Gythio

Gythio

Gythio is located in middle south of Peloponese at the center of the Laconian Gulf. It is a lively, charming little harbour town. The most of its houses are two- or three-storey neo-classical mansions, stuck to the steep side of the Mt. “Koumaros”. A long sea-side promenade, the colourful fishing boats, the narrow streets and […]

Gythio is located in middle south of Peloponese at the center of the Laconian Gulf. It is a lively, charming little harbour town. The most of its houses are two- or three-storey neo-classical mansions, stuck to the steep side of the Mt. “Koumaros”. A long sea-side promenade, the colourful fishing boats, the narrow streets and stairways produce the typical Greek environment which faszinates every visitor. A little island called “Kranai” and connected with the mainlaind by a short dam, protects the port of Gythio town from the open sea. It is a beautiful place with pine-trees and an ideal view-point to overlook the gulf towards the Parnon mountain range in the east and Taygetos in the north-west. As it is reported by Homer, the island was the first refuge of Helen and Paris on their journey to Troy. According to the myth, paris forgot his helmet on the islet as he was leaving – hence its name, since in Greek a helmet is calles “kranos”.

 

Limeni, Seaside village

Limeni, Seaside village

Limeni, is a village in the region of Mani, and one of the most beautiful and most traditional ones around. It is located 5 km far from Areopoli and 23 km from our camping. In the village , there are houses and restaurants directly on the beach. It is a perfect spot for a fresh fish menu.

Limeni, is a village in the region of Mani, and one of the most beautiful and most traditional ones around. It is located 5 km far from Areopoli and 23 km from our camping. In the village , there are houses and restaurants directly on the beach. It is a perfect spot for a fresh fish menu.

Skoutari Beach

Skoutari Beach

On the west coast of the Laconian gulf, you will find Skoutari, a beautiful village with old stone-houses and churches, as well as two nice sandy beaches.

On the west coast of the Laconian gulf, you will find Skoutari, a beautiful village with old stone-houses and churches, as well as two nice sandy beaches.

The Archaeological Museum of Sparta

The Archaeological Museum of Sparta

The Archaeological Museum of Sparta hosts thousands findings today from the province of Laconia. In the halls of the museum there are findings covering the period from the Neolithic to the late Roman period. The most important are taken by the findings of large sanctuaries of Sparta. You can also find sections of mosaic floors of the […]

The Archaeological Museum of Sparta hosts thousands findings today from the province of Laconia. In the halls of the museum there are findings covering the period from the Neolithic to the late Roman period. The most important are taken by the findings of large sanctuaries of Sparta. You can also find sections of mosaic floors of the Roman period from Sparta. Finally, the museum’s exhibition includes a few inscriptions which illuminate some aspects of the history of Sparta.

Cape Tenaro

Cape Tenaro

Cape Tenaro is located in Mani and is the southernmost point of mainland Greece and Europe. Tenaro is a place, rich in history, such as, the Battle of Cape Matapan, that happened in March 1941. The overview from the lighthouse, is magnificent. The name Tenaro derives from the mythical hero and son of Zeus, Taenarus, […]

Cape Tenaro is located in Mani and is the southernmost point of mainland Greece and Europe.
Tenaro is a place, rich in history, such as, the Battle of Cape Matapan, that happened in March 1941. The overview from the lighthouse, is magnificent.
The name Tenaro derives from the mythical hero and son of Zeus, Taenarus, who was believed to have built a city named after himself near the tip of the peninsula.
According to the Greek mythology, this place was a gate to Hades, through which Hercules descended to the Underworld to kidnap Cerberus, a monstrous three-headed dog, and bring it to Earth for his twelfth labor.

 

Marmari Beach

Marmari Beach

Stunning sandy beach, a welcoming oasis in a rocky landscape of wild beauty. Marmari Laconia is the perfect end of the trek in Mani and surrounding areas, offering an environment of peace and tranquility.

Stunning sandy beach, a welcoming oasis in a rocky landscape of wild beauty. Marmari Laconia is the perfect end of the trek in Mani and surrounding areas, offering an environment of peace and tranquility.

Porto Kagio Beach

Porto Kagio Beach

Porto Cayo is the last port of eastern Mani, located in a small bay, 3 miles north of Cape Tenaro, and is the southernmost natural harbor of the mainland Greece. Porto Cayo became an important naval base over the centuries. The port is smaller than one square kilometre, and the inlet opening has a length of 220m. It […]

Porto Cayo is the last port of eastern Mani, located in a small bay, 3 miles north of Cape Tenaro, and is the southernmost natural harbor of the mainland Greece. Porto Cayo became an important naval base over the centuries.
The port is smaller than one square kilometre, and the inlet opening has a length of 220m.
It is one of the most important ports of Mani, which was used as a natural anchorage.

 

Gerolimenas Beach

Gerolimenas Beach

Gerolimenas is one of the most picturesque villages of Mani with a small natural port, which in antiquity was considered “Holy Port”. It has remarkable tourist infrastructure with hotels, taverns and restaurants with local specialties. It also offers a special view to Cape Tenaro. It is likely to have been built on the site of ancient […]

Gerolimenas is one of the most picturesque villages of Mani with a small natural port, which in antiquity was considered “Holy Port”. It has remarkable tourist infrastructure with hotels, taverns and restaurants with local specialties. It also offers a special view to Cape Tenaro. It is likely to have been built on the site of ancient Ippola.

Vathia

Vathia

Vathia, spread on top of a hill, is a famous village of Mani, overlooking the sea and sunset. The towers, the house-towers and the stonemade small roads, create a great sample of a fort village.

Vathia, spread on top of a hill, is a famous village of Mani, overlooking the sea and sunset. The towers, the house-towers and the stonemade small roads, create a great sample of a fort village.

The Ancient Theatre of Gythio

The Ancient Theatre of Gythio

The ancient theatre of Gythio lies to the north of the modern city, close to the ancient town. It is a Roman theatre and consists one of the most important archaeological sites of the area. It was initially built in the 1st century, but it was renovated under the Roman emperor Augustus. Today, there are several cultural […]

The ancient theatre of Gythio lies to the north of the modern city, close to the ancient town. It is a Roman theatre and consists one of the most important archaeological sites of the area. It was initially built in the 1st century, but it was renovated under the Roman emperor Augustus. Today, there are several cultural events taking place in this theatre every summer, as part of the festival of Gythio. They include ancient drama performances, public speeches and music concerts.

The caves of Diros

The caves of Diros

About 5 miles south of Areopolis are the famous Diros Caves. They are part of an underground river , and the 5,000 meters that have been exposed are fascinating. From the entrance, skillful, whistling gondoliers steer small boats through narrow passageways, around beautiful formations of stalagmites and stalactites, their colors created by rain water penetrating […]

About 5 miles south of Areopolis are the famous Diros Caves. They are part of an underground river , and the 5,000 meters that have been exposed are fascinating. From the entrance, skillful, whistling gondoliers steer small boats through narrow passageways, around beautiful formations of stalagmites and stalactites, their colors created by rain water penetrating the calcium carbonate in the rock. The caves have served as places of worship in Paleolithic and Neolithic times.

The Fort of Passavas

The Fort of Passavas

On the road to Areopolis, stands the “Fort of Passavas”, which is a castle still standing, built in 1254 by its first owner baron De Neigi and incorporates fragments of ancient Greek masonry. According to history, Turkish army during the revolution of 1821 stopped at this point, as it was impossible to beat the Greek […]

On the road to Areopolis, stands the “Fort of Passavas”, which is a castle still standing, built in 1254 by its first owner baron De Neigi and incorporates fragments of ancient Greek masonry. According to history, Turkish army during the revolution of 1821 stopped at this point, as it was impossible to beat the Greek patriots who faced the enemy from inside the castle. The name of the castle Passava comes from the French phrase, passe – avant = go further.

Areopoli

Areopoli

Areopoli, one of Mani’s oldest villages, is placed on the southeast side of Laconia, on the small peninsula that separate the coves of Limeni and Diros,  awashed by the Messenian Gulf, on the slopes of the last hills of Taygetus. It took its name from the god of warfare, Aris (Mars). The commencement of the […]

Areopoli, one of Mani’s oldest villages, is placed on the southeast side of Laconia, on the small peninsula that separate the coves of Limeni and Diros,  awashed by the Messenian Gulf, on the slopes of the last hills of Taygetus. It took its name from the god of warfare, Aris (Mars). The commencement of the Greek Independence was proclaimed from Areopoli on March 17, 1821.

The museum of Mani

The museum of Mani

An interesting site on island Kranai is the restored Tzannetakis Tower, a Maniot fortress-residence belonging to the Tzannetakis-Grigorakis families. It was donated to the state and currently houses the History and Ethnology Museum of Mani. Also worth visiting are the chapel of Agios Petros and the octagonal lighthouse of 22 m height, built in 1873 […]

An interesting site on island Kranai is the restored Tzannetakis Tower, a Maniot fortress-residence belonging to the Tzannetakis-Grigorakis families. It was donated to the state and currently houses the History and Ethnology Museum of Mani. Also worth visiting are the chapel of Agios Petros and the octagonal lighthouse of 22 m height, built in 1873 of tenarian marble.

The Byzantine site of Mystras

The Byzantine site of Mystras

Mystras was a fortified town in Morea (the medieval Peloponnese), on Mt. Taygetos, near ancient Sparta. In the 14th and 15th centuries, it served as the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea, experiencing a period of prosperity and cultural flowering. The site remained inhabited throughout the Ottoman period, when it was mistaken by […]

Mystras was a fortified town in Morea (the medieval Peloponnese), on Mt. Taygetos, near ancient Sparta. In the 14th and 15th centuries, it served as the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea, experiencing a period of prosperity and cultural flowering. The site remained inhabited throughout the Ottoman period, when it was mistaken by Western travellers for ancient Sparta. It was abandoned in the 1830s, when the new town of Sparti was built, approximately eight kilometres to the east. It’s design as a Late Byzantine fortified settlement, makes it important enough to be on the World Heritage List.

Monemvasia

Monemvasia

The castle town area of Monemvasia is a beautiful medieval fortress located in the south east coast of the Peloponnese. The name Monemvasia derives from the Greek words “Mone” and “Embasia” which means “Single entrance”. The medieval castle-town of Monemvasia –or Palia Monemvasia- stands on a 300-meter high rock off the east coast of the […]

The castle town area of Monemvasia is a beautiful medieval fortress located in the south east coast of the Peloponnese.
The name Monemvasia derives from the Greek words “Mone” and “Embasia” which means “Single entrance”. The medieval castle-town of Monemvasia –or Palia Monemvasia- stands on a 300-meter high rock off the east coast of the Peloponnese and is connected to the mainland through a bridge. The town is of great interest and full of amazing buildings.

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