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

did you know?

At the tip of the Mani, at Cape Tainaron, a cave network was believed to be an entrance to Hades: the gate to the Underworld.

This gate was guarded by Cerberus, a vicious beast with three heads of wild dogs, a serpent’s tail and heads of snakes all over his back. It was assigned to prevent the dead from escaping and the living from entering the world of the dead.

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Blue Mosaic Villas in the area