|The Mani region of Greece lies
in the southernmost part of the Peloponnese. Starting at Kalamata, it
follows the Taygetos mountain range south to Cape Tenaron. Combining
picturesque mountain villages with their stone tower-houses and lovely
seaside villages, the Mani is a place of extraordinary beauty. From the wall of Verga, just south of the modern city of Kalamata, to
villages of traditional Mani Fighting Towers in the southern end of the
peninsula, the Mani is a region where the past and present coexist in
close proximity. Scant kilometers from fishing villages with modern
hotels, restaurants and internet cafes catering to summer tourists lie
beautiful mountain villages, nestled amid olive groves, that have changed
little in the last hundred years. While a popular spring and summer
destination for European and American travelers, the Mani is untouched
by the commercial mass-tourism industry. The towns retain their small
village atmosphere and visitors do not have to fight crowds at the
beaches or restaurants.
The Mani coastline stretches from Kalamata south to Cape Tenaron.