Top things to do in The Mani

Top Choice Greek in Kardamyli

Elies

Right by Ritsa Beach, 1km north of town, and nestled in an olive grove, this pretty and popular eating venue has the atmosphere of a provincial Mediterranean private garden. Thanks to owner-chef Fani, it presents a …
Cave in The Mani

Diros Caves

These extraordinary flooded caves, inhabited since Neolithic times, lie 11km south of Areopoli and are signposted near the village of Pyrgos Dirou. The entrance is on the beach. Guides basically only speak Greek, so…
Area in The Mani

Cape Tenaro

From the car park at the end of the road in Kokinogia, at the south of the Mani peninsula, it's a beautiful 2km walk along an uneven rocky path to one of Europe’s southernmost points, Cape Tenaro, where a restored l…
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 varied crowd who enjoy a chat, good company and a selection of the top-shelf stuff. And e…
Greek in Limeni

Teloneio

This colourful seafront restaurant and bar serves imaginative fare – traditional Greek with a modern twist – such as roasted kritharaki (rice-shaped pasta) with scampi, and grilled talagani cheese with prickly-pear …
House in Kardamyli

Patrick Leigh Fermor House

Larger-than-life Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915–2011), a Hellenophile and marvellously engaging writer, lived just outside Kardamyli for much of his later life with his wife, Joan. A scholar and soldier (involved in the…
Ruins in The Mani

Tigani

This spectacular peninsula juts out of the Mani coast like an upside-down saucepan and, indeed, its Greek name means 'frying pan'. The high point of Tigani offers majestic views and is dominated by the ruins of a me…
Greek in Areopoli

I Palaiopolis

'Old Town' is in a beautifully restored building that once housed an incense maker followed by a cigarette workshop. These days the aromas and flavours are equally diverse, thanks to the eclectic selection of modern…
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…