The Mani attractions

Top Choice House in Kardamyli

Patrick Leigh Fermor House

Larger-than-life Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915–2011), one of Britain's most eminent writers, lived just outside Kardymili on-and-off for much of his later life with his wife, Joan. A scholar and soldier (involved in th…
Area in The Mani

Cape Tenaro

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 …
Cave in The Mani

Diros Caves

These extraordinary caves, inhabited since Neolithic times and systematically explored from 1949, lie 11km south of Areopoli and are signposted near the village of Pyrgos Dirou. The entrance is on the beach.Guides o…
Ruins in Kardamyli

Old Town Kardamyli

Old Town Kardamyli consists of a fortified settlement with an 18th-century church, plus restored tower, oil press and three-storey building. You can poke around the fortifications and the building has basic exhibits…
Museum in Areopoli

Pikoulakis Tower House Museum

Housed in a restored tower, this museum displays exquisite Byzantine pieces from Mani churches. These include a 12th-century marble templon (chancel screen) from the Church of Agios Ioannis in Mina, near Pyrgos Diro…
Church in Areopoli

Church of Taxiarhes

On the southern side of Plateia 17 Martiou is this 18th-century church. Its four-storey bell tower marks it as the most important of Areopoli's many churches. The extremely well-preserved relief carvings above the m…
Church in Areopoli

Church of Agios Ioannis

The Church of Agios Ioannis, built by the Mavromichalis family on a tiny square west of the main square, contains a series of well-preserved frescoes relating the life of Jesus.