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“The Mani,” as its often called, is a peninsula that forms the southernmost tip of mainland Greece and the European continent east of Spain. This is a timeless region, divided into two halves, with Outer Mani home to pretty coastal villages known for providing an authentic Greek experience, while the Deep Mani lying south a remote area with a rugged coastline that’s rarely visited by tourists. There is little traffic and only a few sleepy fishing coves, some Byzantine churches and spectacular caves where stalactites are reflected in an underground lake.Read More
Mani At A Glance
What to See in Mani Visit Diros Caves, Cape Tenaro, Foneas Beach, take the hiking trail to Kastro Tigani and visit the Church of Agios Ioanni
Towns or Islands in the Mani Region Areopoli, Kardamyli, Cape Tenaros (also knwon as Deep Mani) and Gytheio
Things to do in Mani
The mighty, durable defensive City Walls of Dubrovnik have endured wars, earthquakes, and the test of time. Throughout history, the Dubrovnik City Walls have never been breached. Constructed in the 12th century, the walls reach a thickness of 6 meters in places and wall heights of up to 25 meters. There are 4 gates, 17 towers, and at least 120 cannons. As you stroll around the perimeter of Dubrovnik, you will be amazed by the sheer size of the City Walls, and the beautiful views.
Also referred to as Cape Matapan or Cape Tainaron, this is the southernmost point of mainland Greece. From a car park just below the taverna at Kokinogia, it’s about a 30-minute along a rocky path. Ancient Spartans built many temples in the area, including the temple of Poseidon. At the end of the cape you can enjoy beautiful views that include a restored lighthouse which was first mentioned in Homer’s Iliad.
Areopoli and the Pikoulakis Tower House Museum.
The capital of the area, Areopoli is a traditional settlement worth exploring with a big square, alluring stone alleyways, churches, well-preserved tower houses, shops, bars and tavernas. The Pikoulakis Tower House Museum sits within a restored tower and showcases extraordinary Byzantine works from Mani churches. The collection includes a clutch of well-preserved icons that span five centuries as well as a 12th-century marble chancel screen from the Church of Agios Ioannis in Mina
Trips to Mani
Athens - Milos (by sea) - Santorini (by sea) - Mykonos (by sea) - Athens (by air)9 DAYSFrom $3,495PPIdeal 10 day trip for the adventurer looking for a more active tour of Greece. Start this excursion in Athens before island hopping to Milos, Mykonos and Santorini, exploring remote lands by 4X4, kayaking through clear emerald waters, sailing and enjoying intriguing guided tours.
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