East Mani……”Caves and ghost vilages”, “Pirates and Little Algiers”……..
Welcome to the land of the prickly pear and the salt pan, the stone tower and the stone field.
Land made of stone and sun, simple but extremely charming, rough mountainous landscapes, small villages with towers of incomparable local architecture, countless Byzantine churches, caves that have been hearthstones of existence and culture.The first town here is Itylo, whose name appears on Homer’s list of the ships that sailed with Agamemnon to Troy. Below Itylo lies a deep bay dotted with fishing villages Neo Itylo, Karavostasi and a brand new “traditional Maniot village,” Neo Limeni. Areopolis or Tsimova seems more a busy farming town than a warlord’ s stronghold, but this was where the Mavromichalis clan had their base. Admire the facade of the main church, which Patrick Leigh Fermor has described in minutest detail.
From Areopolis, it’s a short drive to the sight that pulls in most of Mani’s tourists……the spectacular caves on the coast below Pyrgos Dirou. See also Itylo (or Oitylo) – one of the oldest towns in Mani, Areopolis – ‘the city of Ares’ the ancient Greek god of war, Vathia – possibly the most impressive and scenic settlement, Kelefas Castle, Dekoulou monastery, Gythio and Kranai islet, Beaches of East Mani……
Discover East Mani and its most revealing spots!
The name Mani is originally thought to have come from the Venetian word Mano meaning hand, but this was due to the Venetians having built a castle called “Castle De Le Maina” by hand. Linguistically the name Mani originates from the ancient Doric Greek word manin, meaning “rage” or “wild” which it self originates from the Ancient Greek word “Manisomai” , meaning to “become crazed” or “full of violent rage”. The English word “mania” evolved from this.
In the south-west of the Peloponnese, the Laconian (East) Mani is a region with very specific character, unique beauty and charm which rarely leave unmoved the traveler.
Fortified villages, Byzantine chapels, castles and towers, bridges, paved roads and stone water fountains reveal the area’s unique traditional architecture, while picturesque bays, crystal-clear seas, steep canyons, imposing cypresses, silver green olive-trees, rich native flora and fauna integrate into the backbone of Mount Taygetus, creating an area of unique beauty.
Wandering the quarters of Mani in Laconia is like walking through a new place each time and the calls from the different parts of the grand puzzle, this wild natural beauty makes up, go beyond what the human mind can conceive, erotic and mystical.Laconian Mani epitomizes the treasured values of times gone by in its stern rock formations and its lucid waters, which is why it an attraction for visitors all year round. Don’t delay in discovering it!!!
Mount getaways – Agrotourism: The main mountain ranges in Laconia are Taygetus, which is the highest mountain in Peloponnese (2407 m) and Parnonas (1961 m). Parnonas is a mountain full of fir and pine trees, with traditional villages and marked trails and offers alternative activities in nature, such as hiking, climbing, mountain biking etc. With your family or your friends, relax and let nature rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit, tighten your relationships and enrich your knowledge!
A Lovely Stay in a Stone Tower House of Mani
Agrotourism in “Arachovitika Kalyvia” in village Karyes (Mt Parnonas)
Mountain getaways or athletic preparations in “Taygetos’ Balcony Hotel” in village Georgitsi (Mt Taygetus)