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Seaside Villages in Lakoniki Mani

The idyllic scenery of Lakoniki Mani is an area by the sea in the Peloponnese, graced with plenty of sunshine and built with stone. Let your tour begin from the picturesque village, Gytheio (43km NE from Sparti), where multicoloured neoclassical buildings dating back to the 19th century and narrow alleys filled with people at all times of day and night will delight you. 

Start your walk from the little lush green island Kranai (Marathonisi), which is connected by a narrow strip of land at the south side of the town. Visit the Historic Museum of Mani (at the Tzanetaki Tower), where you’ll get the chance to see an exhibition dedicated to foreign travelers who once visited the area. Another stop you should make is by the ancient town, located at the north entrance of Gytheio, where ruins of an acropolis, a theatre and roman buildings lie. Following your cultural stroll it’s now time to let yourselves free at one of the sandy beaches of Mavrovounio and Selinitsa where you’ll enjoy refreshing dives and romantic sunset walks. At a short distance you can pay a visit to Skoutari (18km NW) and Agerano (14km NW) villages. Agerano is a small seaside settlement with a long sandy beach and old traditional structures and towers.



Areopoli is considered as the ideal area to start exploring Lakoniki Mani. First stop, the picture-perfect Limeni Village (4km N), with its greenish-blue waters and fresh seafood at the local tavernas across from the Mavromichalaion Tower, promise to make you fall in love with the place. Karavostasi is where you can start your hikes in the wild nature and a great location to rent a room and go swimming. Towards the south, you should make a point in seeing one of the most astonishing caves, the Diros



For a refreshing break in the area head to Agia Varvara and Nisaki Beaches, near the fishermen’s town of Kotrona. Gerolimena is another wild and beautiful settlement, sheltered by cape Cavo Groso. This picturesque port used to be a significant commercial hub of the wider region and today is a highly visited destination. The quality of the tourist infrastructure and the village’s dazzling scenery ensures an unforgettable stay. Explore the island of Karavopetra at 3.5 miles south of Gerolimena, the Bay of Mezapo and the Tigani Peninsula. Don’t miss various beaches between the villages of Alika and Vatheia, as well as Marmari which is a long sandy one. Reaching the end of the peninsula of Lakoniki Mani, nestled in a sheltered bay, make sure to stop at Porto Kagio to end your trip in the most delightful way.

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