Hiking around Kardamyli

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The place

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 precisely these contrasts. This is a hike to the land and the traditions of the Mani, the place 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.

The activity

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. Byzantine churches, stone built watchtowers, old fountains olive and grain mills reveal the life of the 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.

Starting time: 9:30 a.m.

Location: Kardamili central square

Implementation period: All year round (upon request)

Trail distance: 12 km

Route type: Circular

Activity duration with breaks: 5+ hours

Difficulty: Moderate

Suitability: Suitable for all / relatively good fitness is required

Meeting point: Kardamili

At a glance:

- A day hike to the villages around Kardamyli

- We walk on cobblestone paths and trails through the olive groves

- We discover Byzantine churches, watchtowers, old olive mills and watermills

- Ideal for hikers without much previous experience

- You will taste homemade picnic of local products

- Includes photos from the activity

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.

Participants should have with them:

1. Bottle of water
2. Hat
3. Sun cream (during summer months)
4. Hiking shoes or trainers (Open shoes, sandals or flip-flops are unsuitable)
5. Hiking backpack (if available)

Explore Messinia reserves the right to modify or cancel any outdoor activity due to bad weather or technical difficulties.

There is a minimum number of 4 participants required for the implementation of this outdoor activity. Explore Messinia reserves the right to postpone or cancel the activity in case of non completion of the required number of participants. For individual bookings or for less than 4 participants please contact us to request a price.

Standard: 40€ per person
Private: 50€ per person
Minimum participants : 3

1. Guide
2. Tour planning – Sightseeing
3. Picnic with local products
4. Photographs from the tour
5. Liability insurance
6. All taxes

-Standard trip: Other participants may join
-Private trip: For your group of people only

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