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An amazing Place

A FEW WORDS ABOUT MANI

This area of southern Peloponnese known as ‘The Mani’ is a very special place. Its location on the edges of southern Europe, its tempestuous history and its natural beauty all combine to give the visitor an exceptional experience.

The drive from Kalamata down into Mani is stunning and something you will never forget. The isolated aspect of this beautiful area, combined with the independent nature of its inhabitants meant that some traditions grew separately from the rest of Peloponnese and Greece so that a distinct society made its mark on the landscape. To this day the architecture of the area is famed for the tower houses and fortified family residences from the period of the Ottoman occupation of Greece.

The Retreat is located about 30 minutes south of the city of Kalamata, in a quiet olive grove amidst a stunning nature spread of olive groves and rocky terrain. Kalamata is about a 2-2.5 hour drive from Athens on the Southern tip of the Peloponnese. Kalamata’s location marks the beginning of the incredible Mani, a peninsula stemmed by the magnificent Taygetos Mountain range, which also features some of the most picturesque seaside small towns, variegated beaches, byzantine churches, medieval Towers, and traditional stone-housed mountain villages.

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Sightseeings and Excursions

Covering the central peninsula in the south of the Peloponnese, Mani is a wild, rugged region. Greeks from elsewhere will tell you: so are its people, who regard themselves as direct descendants of the Spartans.

Patrick Leigh Fermor House

Sightseeing

Patrick Leigh Fermor House

One of the most charismatic and adventurous British personalities of the last century. An author, scholar, soldier, decorated hero, and adventurer, he was widely regarded and celebrated as the finest travel writer of his generation.

An organic oil production unit

Sightseeing

An organic oil production unit

Visit Bläuel, it is the oldest and largest farming project of its kind in Greece and has been awarded many times recently and in previous years.

Greek Taverna

Excursion

Greek Taverna

Eat in a traditional Greek Taverna. The unique flavours of Greek cuisine distinguish Greece. While you are in Greece, you will get some pleasant gastronomic surprises.

Diros Caves

Excursion

Diros Caves

The famous Alepotripa and Vlichada caves are located in Pirgos Diros.

Bicycle

Excursion

Bicycle

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Ancient Messene

Sightseeing

Ancient Messene

Ancient Messene, is a local community of the municipal unit Ithomi, of the municipality of Messini within the regional unit of Messenia in the region of Peloponnese, one of 13 regions into which Greece has been divided.

Crystalline aqua-blue waters

An area filled with fantastic beaches

Kardamili is a spectacularly beautiful seaside village located in the Mani, the coast of Greece defined by travel connoisseurs as the New Côte d’Azur.  Gerolimenas is a picturesque small coastal village in the municipal unit of Oitylo, at the southern end of the Mani Peninsula. Limeni, hidden away in the unique region of Mani in Peloponnese, Limeni is a literally coastal village. It is one of the nicest and most traditional villages of the region.