Mani is a historical region of Peloponnese that covers the peninsula of Taygetos. Geographically “Mani” as it is called locally, is defined by the beginnings of Taygetos as Cape Tenaro. The Mani region includes the areas of Gythio and Itilo Lakonia. Its area reaches 1800 square kilometers. for a total length of 75 km. and a maximum width of 28 km. that ends at Cape Tenaro. The total population in 1961 amounted to 20,300 inhabitants living in about 150 settlements. Today, after the administrative reorganization Kallikratis, Mani consists of West Mani, located in Kardamyli, and Eastern Mani, based in Gythio and historic seat Areopolis. For many people, the capital of Mani, the Aeropoli a well-preserved stone world with petrostrommena streets bearing vivid traces of glamor of the past, preserved towers and stone buildings. Areopolis is 28 km from Gytheio (only half an hour) and 280 from Athens and Piraeus. Center of the village is the stone square. Around the square you will find every kind of shop from the most traditional to the most dynamic cocktail bar. You will admire the towers until you are close to the sea that will amaze you with its clear blue waters and scenic beauty. Stone villages with impressive towers within the prickly (Vathia and Gerolimenas are two of the most famous), small beaches with pebbles (srtongyli stone), and stunning scenery will take you to another era.
Leaving the center shortly after Areopolis, the Diros Tower, descends as the coastal location of caves Glyfada (or Vlihada), Shelter and Alepotrypa. One of the most spectacular underground caves in the world by common consent. Pyrgos Dirou to the caves is a major tourist attraction for the wider the region.In 1958 launched its exploitation and in 1963 functioned with land department 600 meters. In 1979 he discovered and new sections mapped terrestrial and lake routes, so today the total length reaches the 6 km. The cave consists of stalactites and stalagmites and over the centuries the water level went up from the sea and so the formations of stalactites resemble white columns coming out of the water. A journey that will be unforgettable.
Identical to the Rock of Gibraltar, taking its name from the single words and emvasis, with its medieval castle dominates over the cliff, Monemvasia only 50 km (maximum one hour) is the ideal daily excursions. Mother Earth and most grave of Yannis Ritsos, you will find very enjoyable route amid the streets as the home of the great poet. Within devout atmosphere will wander around the cobbled streets between traditional hotels and tourist shops up the hill between the pomegranates and date palms and the ultimate view from the walls of the Upper Castle in front of the magnificent Hagia Sophia. The beach is also a strong point of the region.
The name Elafonissos, according to Kroupi Elias Stamoulis James after investigation stems from hunting in the region in ancient times, as well as mentioned by Pausanias there were many ancient shrines of the goddess Artemis in the island. Consistent with Venetian maps of the 15th century Elafonisos capture as CERVI “Cervia” (because of red deer) and Kythira as CERIGO “tserigko” (name that locals use as today for Kythera (Tsirigo), which was not and the “Cervia” for Elafonissos as had residents). The island, with Caribbean notes and endless blue sea, combined with the wonderful natural environment, will be the ultimate destination Daily excursion from Gytheio, as it is just 80km. The taverns in the country on the island for food and the beach bars will offer you a unique holiday moments.
Between two seas, between two cultures and the great natural beauty dominating, Kythira or Tsirigo if you will engravings in your memory and will also provide an ideal excursion from Gythio with about two and a half hours journey by boat. Both the rich history of the island and the awesome natural beauty contribute to an excursion with entertaining and relaxing charaktira.to island there is a multitude of attractions with main and numerous scattered small distance from each other, traditional villages and hilly landscape. There are many Byzantine and Venetian monuments and some English. The main attractions are in the streets of the country. The Country with traditional narrow and architecture and its castle. Kapsali, the port of Chora with the twin bays, the center of entertainment on the island. Opposite Kapsali is the islet or Egg cooker visited cave. Paleochora, the ruined Byzantine capital of the island and Kaki Lagada, the output of the great gorge of Paleochora south of Ag. Pelagia. Mylopotamos traditional village in the west to the waterfall Fonissa and the Medieval Kato Chora with the Venetian castle, the stunning scenery and the preserved Byzantine churches in the castle. The Avlemonas, quiet harbor with small Venetian castle. The medieval Aroniadika and the sequence of traditional villages in the center of the island. The bridge in Katouni built by the English in 1829 and was the largest of its kind in Greece. The island has a large number of old churches and monasteries from the 13th century onwards. Three monasteries, Panagia Myrtidiotissa, protector of the island, Agia Moni and Saint Elessa are opposing mountain tops. Three points are temples in caves. The main beaches are Diakofti, Paleopoli, Kaladi, the Ocheles, Fyri Sand, Melidoni, Kapsali, Agia Pelagia, the ovens, the copper, the Komponada.
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