This part of the Peloponnese boasts an enormous variety of beaches: from sandy beaches gently sloping into the sea, to rocky outcrops that plunge into the deep blue. Within a few kilometres of Sto spiti there are 6/7 magnificent beaches (most of which with good facilities) which are not too crowded even in high season. They are all easy to reach by car or moped, usually have wide shaded areas and typical Greek tavernas for delicious snacks.
The surrounding area
Close to Sto spiti there are various enchanting villages overlooking the sea: Agios Dimitrios and Agios Nikolaos (2 Km away), Trahila (8 Km), Stoupa, which is the coastal town with most facilities in the area (8 Km) and Kardamyli (11 Km), a charming fishing village that attracts visitors from across Europe.
Heading south from Sto spiti, about 25 Km away, there is the capital of the Lakonian Mani, Areopoli. The city is of significant importance for Greek history as it witnessed the beginning of the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire. The Diros Caves, which are certainly worthy of a visit, can be found south of the capital.
Finally, after about another 30 Km, close to the southern tip of the Mani peninsula, there is Gerolimenas a charming fishing village famous for octopus fishing. Cape Tainaron (well known to sailors) is the southernmost point of mainland Greece. Its disquieting appeal led the ancient Greeks to claim that it was the entrance to the underworld, home of Hades and Persephone. Unmissable.
Heading back up north on the eastern side of the Mani, we recommend a stop in Porto Kagio, with its enchanting bay and a visit to the ancient towered village of Vatheia, which has been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site. Continuing towards the port of Gythio, there are a series of beautiful beaches, amongst which our favourite, the bay of Skoutari.
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