Quick Guide to Mani
The ruggedly beautiful region of Mani in the southern Peloponnese is full of history and local charm. Looked over by the steep snow-capped Taygetos Mountains, authentic villages surrounded by olive groves will give you a taste of traditional Greece. While the Byzantine churches and towers will take you back in time. The dramatic coastline is speckled with picturesque beaches and hidden coves where you can relax and enjoy the sublime summer sunshine.
There are plenty of sights to see in Mani. Hire a car and head to the Maniot towers. These skilfully constructed stone structures are inspired by Byzantine architecture and were once used as defences. Or check out the striking collection of towers at Vathia. You're also likely to pass pretty brick and russet Byzantine churches along the way, with their domed roofs and decorative carvings.
Don't miss Mani's magnificent underground lakes tucked away in the Dirou caves. Take a boat through the stalagmite and stalactite formations in the spectacular 14 kilometre-long caves that used to be inhabited during the Neolithic period. Then make your way to the charming fishing port of Limeni to finish the day browsing the boutiques and tucking into the catch of the day at a seafood restaurant.
Fab holidays for:
History, Traditional villages, Beaches
Did you know?
Mani contains continental Europe's second most southerly point, which is marked by an ancient cistern at the Temple of Poseidon.
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Top 5 Beaches in Mani
After exploring Mani's breath-taking caves and historical attractions, you're probably going to need a little R&R. Luckily, the Mani Peninsula is packed with lovely beaches to help you unwind after a busy sight-seeing session.
- One of the largest beaches in the area, the white sands of Vathi are surrounded by lush greenery and a town with shops and restaurants. The shallow waters are lovely for paddling about it.
- This delightful little cove near the Mani capital of Areopoli looks out onto inviting crystal clear waters and features a few tavernas with sea views.
- A peaceful five-kilometre stretch which is also home to the protected loggerhead turtle. The wind picks up in the afternoon making it a great spot for windsurfing.
- This little pebble beach has the added attraction of being right next to the ancient ruins of the Temple of Poseidon. So you can admire the beautiful mosaics in between lounging on the beach.
- The main draw to this beach is the striking sight of the rusting remains of a 30-year old shipwreck that sits on the shore. It's a popular spot for snorkelling too.
When to go to Mani
As Mani is situated on the southern tip of Greece's Peloponnese, it enjoys plentiful amounts of sunshine. Temperatures can surpass 30°C during the peak of summer when you can expect most days to bring in clear blue skies and sunshine. If you're planning to visit Kalamata and the rest of the Mani Peninsula during this time, book early as this is the region's busiest period.
Spring is also a delightful time of year to visit. You can experience warm, beach-worthy temperatures during May. The slightly cooler thermometer readings mean that sight-seeing might be a little more comfortable than during the blazing heat of July or August. September is also pleasant if you're after a little last minute sunshine before the winter sets in.