One of the most beautiful lake caves in the world, the cave of Vlyhada Diros, is situated near the village Diros. To the left is the terminal point of the Taygetus named Sagias. 


One cannot but enjoy the harbor Mezapos and the cape Tigani. Up on the top is an acropolis with 365 water deposits cut into the rock. Up until now they are filled with water, which is not used though.

Wagtails as well as marine birds’ nests are found in the red colored rocks and they leave them for a short time only during coupling with the terrible Kavo Grosso at the place where the South –Western winds blow.

Visit Yerolimenas and Marmari (Akhillion, according to the ancients), seashore that looks so bright because of pure white pebbles.

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Come and enjoy the village Vatheia that dominates the top of a hill with its tower-houses, olive trees and high wild cypresses. The sparse population of this severe rocky area fights with all its strength to survive among these waterless rocks and stones.

Port Sternes and Cape Tainario. Gigantic cactuses. Ancient Greeks believed that it was here exactly where Herakles fought Cerber, the three-headed dog that guarded the underground (Hell). They also associated this place with the story of little Ariona and a dolphin.

Along the narrow path that leads to the lighthouse one gets to the most southern point of the Balkanian peninsula to enjoy the boundless blue and white sea that looks like an enormous Greek flag.

After enjoying this most beautiful picture it is nice to have a meal in Porto Kayo in the Bay of Quails. A colorful village Lagia with its picturesque house-towers is located on our way upward. From this typical Maniot spot once can enjoy the blue horizon of an unprecedented beauty.

On the way back we cross the Eastern area of Mani. First we pass Androyalli (meaning "a shore for males") and then Melagani. Separate Maniot towers and tiny villages. Agios Kiprianos and once a famous port Soloteri that ships avoid nowadays.

Houses on seashore, foreigners who became local villagers, hospitable landscape created for peace and relaxation.

And here is Kotronas, a traditional Maniot village. Solid stone houses and mighty stone towers. Constructional material? Look around! The name of the place ("Rock") speaks for itself.

Magazine "Gevsi"("Taste"), spring 1998, Text: Alexandros Tsandoulos.

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