Mani, the beautiful and unpretentious city, made of stone and sun!
Mani, the beautiful favorite of the Peloponnese, which is bathed by both the Laconian and the Messinian gulf, with Taygetos in its shadow, remains unchanged in time and presents its hidden treasures, its unruly character and its endless beauty inside from difficult and inaccessible routes.
In Mani, where everything is by stone, get ready to make the most beautiful road trip of your life and enjoy the beauties of the wild landscape. Experience the endless history of this place, so historic and proud, indulge in the wilderness of stone and wander in the beautiful stone-built villages, the impressive caves and the tower houses that are taken from another era.
Necessary stop in the magical Areopolis, with the legendary towers and the picturesque cobbled streets, in the beautiful Limeni with the turquoise waters and the sun going out in the Messinian gulf, in the abandoned Vathia, the quiet and cute village and in Gerolimena, the small fishing village.
Many times the wild landscape is transferred to the coastline, which means that the beaches have difficult access, rocky places but crystal clear, transparent waters. On the west side of Mani and very close to the beautiful Pylos, do not forget to dive in the waters of Voidokilia which is considered one of the most beautiful beaches and is characterized by its special shape.
In Mani, where the sunlight dominates the stone, you will experience unique life experiences in a journey that will remain engraved in your soul forever.
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.