Travel to Gythio, the "land of the gods" in Laconia
Near the mouth of the river Evrotas, at the western end of the Laconic Gulf, is Gythio, the capital of eastern Mani, a historic town and one of the most popular and attractive summer destinations in southern Greece. The beautiful sea city with its small and picturesque port spreads in an amphitheatrical way on the slopes of Mount Larysio and harmoniously combines its rich historical past with the modern hue of a city that manages to charm and excite every visitor.
Surrounded by natural beauty and an atmosphere of relaxation and tranquility, Gythio welcomes every visitor to the impressive coastal front, which with colorful neoclassical mansions, reflected in the blue waters of the bay give the city an island character defined by beauty and charm. Among the mansions stands out the City Hall building, with its simple and elegant aesthetics, which houses, at the same time, the Archaeological Museum of Gythio and important exhibits of its collections.
The green island of Kranai, (Marathonisi), joins the mainland with a narrow strip of land, hosting the impressive stone tower Tzannetaki (today's Historical and Ethnological Museum), the church of Agios Georgios, on the ruins of a temple and , what is left of the old shipyard of the port.The stone lighthouse at the edge of Kranai overlooks the landscape and generously offers the most beautiful view of the city and the bay, while the ruins of the ancient city of Gythio reveal important aspects of the glorious history of the area, through the temples of the Roman emperors Augustus and Tiberius, the baths and the few remnants of the ancient theater. Finally, the nearby, enchanting beaches in Mavrovouni, Selinitsa and Valtaki, with the famous shipwreck, will rejuvenate the senses and complete the travel profile of Gythio, in the most ideal way.
Food and local cuisine
The local cuisine of Mani is famous for the pure and excellent quality local products, which provide a wide variety of flavors and dishes. Meat, fish and fresh seafood are pioneers in the local cuisine, while you can combine them with the excellent quality olive oil, olives, honey, oregano and touloumis cheese. Famous are the pork salt (convergent), the roasted piglet, the handmade pasta, the local mizithra, the pies with the wild greens and the lalangia, (fried dough strips).
When to visit Gythio
Ideally visit Gythio during the summer period. From the end of May to the end of September, the favorable weather conditions, the increased attendance, the celebrations and the summer festivals,
as well as swimming and nearby nature excursions, will guarantee you a beautiful and enjoyable trip.
Moving from/ to Gythio
Transportation in Gythio
Take the road to Gythio via the Athens-Corinth-Tripoli-Sparta National Road, within 3 hours and 10 ', covering the 278km of the route.
Transportation in Gythio
To move to Gythio, it is good to have your own car. Alternatively, you can rent a car there or take a taxi or just walk, Gythio is beautiful and there is no better way to get to know it.