If you want to hike in the Mani (South Peloponnese, Greece), there are plenty of options. This picture was taken near Kardamyli (the starting point). From there we went up to Hagia Sophia (a nice little church) and then walked alongside the Viros Gorge to the monastery Moni Sotiros. From there on we hiked through the Viros Gorge (a dry river bed, at least in the dry summer months) back to Kardamyli.
The Viros Gorge starts at the foot of Profitis Ilias, the highest peak (2404m or 2407m) of the Taygetos Mountains.
At this beautiful sandy beach of Stoupa in the Mani, some cliffs and fishing boats can be found, nicely arranged. In the evening, after darkness has fallen, this arrangement combined with the illuminations gives a nice long exposure with a great mood.
When driving from Kalamata to the Mani, once you’ve passed the highest point you arrive at this point with a terrific view over the Outer Mani. The Mani starts here with Kardamyli and reaches all the way down to the most southern point of this peninsula on the Peloponnese. On this picture you can also see Stoupa in the background.
This photograph shows the coast at Kardamili (Kardamyli) shortly after sunset. The clouds are still being illuminated by sunlight while the flowers are being illuminates softly by the flashlight of my camera.
This picture shows the view from the mountains behind Kardamili over the town itself and Ritsa Beach. After that the landmass blocks the view on Kalamata. The land below the clouds at the other side of the water belongs to the coastline around Koroni.
The Agios Spyridon Church is situated in the historic part of Kardamyli. It has been renovated and looks glorious again. Kardamyli is part of the beautiful Mani in the south of the Peloponnese, Greece.
Kardamili (sometimes written as Kardamyli, Greek καρδαμυλη) is a small village in the Mani region south of Kalamata. Kardamili is very recommendable for a visit or vacation. You can expect good food and a relaxing athmosphere.