Laconia

Sightseeing

At the southernmost tip of Greece, and that of continental Europe, Mani peninsula proudly stands along the centuries. This authentic part of Greece with a long history and proud inhabitants that is loved when discovered creates faithful visitors and friends who cherish the fact that here, you can reunite with history, with nature, and your inner self.

Diros Cave it is considered as the most beautiful cave in Europe & is located in the Bay of Diros. Beneath the simple landscape of Mani, nature with incomparable art and patience sculpted a miracle beyond any imagination, off-white stalactites and stalagmites, impressive & glittering crystal curtains, decorate every corner, creating an unparalleled spectacle that takes is breathtaking.

Cape Tainaron it is located between two bays and is the southernmost tip of mainland Greece, but also of the Balkan Peninsula. Cape Tainaro is one of the eeriest and most imposing places in Greece, as the steep cliffs and raging waves create a landscape of Doric, natural, beauty that captivates the visitor. The impressive lighthouse at Cape Tainaro is the southernmost lighthouse in eastern Mainland Europe. It was built by the French in 1882 and operated for the first time in 1887. It is a rectangular stone building 16 meters high which is located 20 meters above sea level.

The Byzantine Museum of Mani is housed in the Pikoulakis Tower in Areopolis, next to the church of Agios Ioannis, and is one of the stations of the "Mani Museum Network". The complex is a fortified Mani house, with a tower and a tower house, of pre-revolutionary times. In Pikoulakis Tower, the permanent exhibition features the "Stories of the religious faith of Mani.

The ancient theater of Gythio is located at the eastern foot of the hill of the ancient citadel, in the northern part of the modern settlement of Gythio and dates to Roman times (2nd century AD). In 1891 the monument was excavated and almost the entire theater came to light, except for the back of the stage.

Marathonisi or Kranai is connected to Gythio by a small pier. The island is not big, but it has the lighthouse of Gythio, a church, and the traditional Tower of Tzanetakis Grigorakis that today houses the Historical and Ethnological Museum of Mani. According to mythology, when Paris stole the beautiful Eleni from King Menelaos, they went to rejoice their love in Marathonisi.

In the heart of Lakoniki Mani, in a landscape of wild beauty overlooking the sea, the traditional settlement of Vathia is a monument of architectural tradition and perhaps the most photographed village of Mani. This impressive traditional settlement of Laconia is also known as the "Parthenon" of the Mani architectural tradition. The famous tower city strongly resists the passage of time and is an important monument of architectural tradition as well as a sample of popular fortifications in Greece.

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