Mani, the beautiful and unpretentious city, made of stone and sun!
Discover Mani, a Peloponnesian treasure nestled between the Laconian and Messinian gulfs, embraced by the shadow of majestic Taygetos. Experience an unforgettable road trip through this stone-clad paradise, where hidden villages, historic caves, and legendary towers await.
Explore Areopolis, a charming town with cobblestone streets and ancient towers, and unwind in Limeni's turquoise waters as the sun sets over the Messinian gulf.
Delight in the tranquility of Vathia and the rustic charm of Gerolimena, where fishing traditions endure.
Mani's coastline offers crystal-clear waters amidst rocky landscapes. Don't miss Voidokilia, a stunning beach near Pylos, cherished for its unique shape. In Mani, history and nature unite, weaving stories that will linger in your heart. Let the golden sunlight on stone, the untamed wilderness, and the echoes of the past create an unforgettable journey, etching memories that stand the test of time.
Try and enjoy the cuisine of Mani
The food in Mani is unique! The restaurants are plentiful and serve traditional flavors, which are based on local olive oil. From lalangia, milk pie and kayana, to the open Mani cheese pie, the Mani salad with orange and the delicious siglino of Mani, the flavors will stay on your palate for a long time. Also, don't forget to try sour trachana, sphela cheese, diples, honey and the awesome tsouhtes (spaghetti with sour cream and egg).
Best time to visit Mani
Mani is ideal for exploring it in all seasons. But the best time to visit it is early summer or mid-September when tourism is limited.
How to use transportation in Mani
Transfer from/to Patras
By plane from Athens, Thessaloniki and Crete
Those who decide to come by plane can fly from Eleftherios Venizelos Airport of Athens, Macedonia Airport of Thessaloniki and Nikos Kazantzakis of Heraklion Crete to the airport of Kalamata and from there by rental car or local buses to Mani.
By ship from Crete
With boarding stations the port of Rethymno or the port of Kissamos and landing station the port of Gythio which is quit near to the area of Mani.
By bus from Athens
With the buses of Laconia: There are daily services to Gythio, Areopolis and Gerolimenas from Kifissos, while some of them have an intermediate boarding station in Piraeus. The duration of the trip is around 5 hours.
With the buses of Messinia: There are daily itineraries to Kalamata and from there to Kampos-Kardamili-Stoupa. The duration of the trip is around 5 hours.
The only transport in Mani is the buses which are few and go only to the big villages.
That is why moving to Mani is something that can only be done by car. This way you will have the opportunity to explore every small and large village. But you should pay special attention, because the roads are narrow and require attention. It is also good to leave the car away from the village squares and get off on foot. Crowding from cars usually causes problems that you should avoid.