Cape Tenaro

Area in The Mani

From the car park below the taverna at Kokinogia, at the south of the Mani peninsula, it's a beautiful 30-minute walk along an uneven rocky path to one of Europe’s southernmost points, Cape Tenaro, where a restored lighthouse stands. The cape has been an important location for millennia and was first mentioned in Homer's 'Iliad'.

At the beginning of the path are the ruins of ancient Tainaron, once a thriving Roman city (the entire area is buried ruins; look out for the stunning wave-patterned, circular mosaic), while another short path leads to the ruined church built on the foundations of Poseidon's Temple. Nearby is a cave rumoured to be the entrance to Hades.