Dry, bare and rugged. The land of the prickly pear bristles with forbidding tower houses, stone villages, castles, ancient sites, Byzantine citadels, delightful coves and astonishing caves. Mani. The people here are frugal and close-knit, still adhering to centuries-old bloodlines and family ties. Barricaded behind the crags of Mt. Taygetos and ready for battle, the Maniots developed a powerful sense of autonomy, answerable to no one.
What you, the visitor, see today is only what they consider permissible. But you’ll be overwhelmed with images of authentic Greece, because here in this corner of the Peloponnese, at the second-most southerly tip of continental Europe, everything is dramatic and bewitching.
Source: Discover Greece