This route is a small trek to the place and the traditions of outer Mani where every stone has its own history. Here, the magnificence of the mountainous nature is harmoniously combined with the allure of the sea as gigantic mount Taygetos is so close from the embrace of the Mediterranean.
Our tour starts from the fortified tower houses of old Kardamili as we follow the path that once was part of the ancient so called ‘’royal road’’ connecting Kardamili with Sparta. Along the way we visit some of the traditional, beautiful little villages of the region, we walk through their narrow streets as we learn about their past. In a small distance ahead, mount Taygetos stands snowed in some of its highest peaks. A small break for a healthy picnic with traditional local delicacies gives us additional supply of energy. A burst of colors and fragrances of flowers and herbs overwhelm us and bring us even closer to the natural environment. We walk through an easy route, sometimes a stone built path and sometimes a shady pathway, immersed in olive trees, pines and cypress trees. Along the way we discover all the elements and images that make up the scenery of Mani, narrate its past and lifestyle of Mani inhabitants throughout time.
Prices / 2 up to 4 persons
Prices / 5 up to 8 persons
For less or more participants please contact us in order to offer you flexible rates.Less
The distance covered combined with the variation in elevation difference define the level of difficulty as moderate. However there are no parts of the route with great difficulty.
Land of stone and light, villages perched on the outskirts of mount Taygetos with tower houses and countless chapels. Settlements bordering with the sea, steep canyons and caves and beaches entangled with olive groves. The charm of Mani is these contrasts. Here, every stone has its own history. Here, the magnificence of the mountainous nature is harmoniously combined with the allure of the sea as mount Taygetos is so close from the embrace of the Mediterranean.
Starting our hike from the fort of old Kardamyli we follow the trail of the ancient so called ‘’royal street’’ connecting Kardamyli with Sparta during ancient years. We walk on a pathway immersed in olive trees, pines and cypress trees. We visit some of the traditional villages of the region, we walk through their narrow streets and alleys learning about their history. Byzantine churches, stone-built watchtowers, old fountains, olive and grain mills reveal the life of locals in the past. A blast of colors and aromas from wildflowers and herbs overwhelm us and bring us even closer to the natural environment. Just a breath away, mount Taygetos with its imposing peaks. A small break for a healthy picnic with traditional local delicacies gives us additional energy.
Comfortable shoes - clothing.
Sun cream (during summer months).
Hiking shoes or trainers (Open shoes, sandals or flip-flops are unsuitable).
Hiking backpack (if available).
Without transfer :
Meeting point : Kardamyli square Meeting time: 09:30 am
With transfer :
Start point : Nedontos street 79, Kalamata ( Next o main square). Departure time 08:30.
Pick up points : from all hotels of city of Kalamata.
Pick up time will advice by sms or email one (1) day before the departure of your tour.
Basic physical condition.
No hiking experience required. Light walking is nessecery.
Children need to be accompanied by an adult.
Participants should feel comfortable in walking and able to walk.
Implementation period: All year round (upon request)
Trail distance: 12 km
Route type: Circular
Activity duration with breaks: 4 hours
Suitability: Suitable for all / relatively good fitness is required
Meeting point: Kardamili
For any tour is required a minimoum number of participations in order to be materialized. In case of less participants our travel agency has the right to cancel the tour or to postpone the date in another with more participants.Last day of information about the materialisation of the tour can be 1 day before departure as some new last minute - bookings or cancelations can influence the tour.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the prebooked tour.
All customer touchpoints are frequently cleaned.
Social distancing is maintained in vehicles up to 65% of the total capacity per vehicle ( taxi-minivan-minibus-bus)
The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds.
Masks are required, please bring your own..