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Ever thinking where on this earth you can find both charming castles and beaches with emerald waters? If yes, this is for you! Mani is in Lakonia, the southernmost area of Greece and Europe mainland and it is famous for its oranges production. It has a very rich historical past, as it was the center of the well-known Mycenaean culture. Above all, Lakonia and the area of Mani have many hidden treasures that will leave you in awe. Let’s explore the best of them!
1st stop: Limeni
Limeni is a picturesque little seaside village in Mani, just 5 km away from Areopoli and it is exactly what your dreams are made of! Stone- made houses built on the sea and emerald waters, create the perfect holiday scenery, if you are seeking for a quiet, yet unbelievably beautiful place for your vacation. The beach in Limeni is stony in and out, making the wild natural beauty of the place even more profound. The little traditional taverns on the sea are your perfect chance to taste yummy seafood, fish and delicious meat recipes. Tip: Some places worth visiting around Limeni are Diros Caves, Gythio and Vathia.
2nd stop: Vathia
Vathia is an impressive castle-village in Mani, that will time travel you to the past. It is located on the mountain and offers a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean sea. This makes Vathia one of the most photographed villages of Mani and its landscape totally justifies it! While in Vathia, we suggest you make a little day trip and visit the little villages of Alika, Marmari, and Kiparisso. The towers of Mani, also known as tower houses, are stone-made houses with two or three floors and very small windows, that used to be a defense medium for the inhabitants against Turkish invaders and pirates. Tip: You can actually stay at one of the renewed tower- guest houses. How cool is that?
3rd stop: Areopoli
The little village of Areopoli, which keeps its traditional character, is full of stone alleys and stone-made castle-houses. Walking around Areopoli, you will find traditional hotels, castles, and shops. The central “Square of the Immortal” is where the heart of this little village beats: every Saturday local products are sold by local creators, while people enjoy their coffee or taste the traditional cuisine of Mani at the cafeterias and taverns around the square. Get the chance to taste the yummy local foods such as traditional olives, olive oil, smoked pork, sausages with orange, honey and homemade bread. If you are a hiking lover, you will be amazed by the stone-made little villages around Areopoli and the wild natural beauty around them.
There are many hidden treasures in Mani that are definitely worth discovering. Don’t miss the chance to make a once in a lifetime exploration. Book your trip now!