Welcome to Gythio
Once the port of ancient Sparta, Gythio is the gateway to the Lakonian Mani. This pretty fishing town, with its 19th-century pastel houses, makes a pleasant stopover if you're travelling between the Mani and Sparta or Monemvasia, or if you're taking a ferry to Kythira. As well as a handful of things to see in the village, including a recently opened folkloric museum, there's Mavrovouni Beach, a long sandy stretch 2km south of Gythio, and pine-shaded Marathonisi Islet. The islet is alleged to be ancient Cranae, where Paris of Troy and Helen consummated the affair that sparked the Trojan War. A visit here, however, is less about the attractions and more about soaking up a local way of life.