Top things to do in The Mani

Top Choice Taverna in Kardamyli

Elies

Right by Ritsa Beach, 1km north of town, and nestled in an olive grove, Kardamyli's most popular and pretty eating venue has the atmosphere of a provincial Mediterranean private garden. Thanks to owner-chef Fani, it…
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…
Greek in Areopoli

I Palaiopolis

I Palaiopolis (Old Town) is housed in a beautifully restored historic building that once housed an incense followed by a cigarette workshop. These days the aromas and flavours are equally diverse, thanks to the ecle…
Bar in Kardamyli

1866 Beer Bar

This cosy bar, set back from the seafront, is renowned for its spirit shots and late nights. It's not raucous, but attracts a young local crowd who enjoy a chat, good company and a selection of the top-shelf stuff. …
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…
Greek in Kardamyli

Dioskouri

This long-standing spot on the hill, overlooking the bay and with a terrace filled with umbrella pines, is glorious on a moonlit evening. It's been infused with a bit of youthful flair as the next generation is invo…
Greek in Gerolimenas

Restaurant Akrotainaritis

One of several tavernas along the waterfront (none of which will knock your culinary socks off, but all have lovely settings overlooking the bay), we like this one for its reliability. It's been run since 1923 by se…