We have often been asked by the trekking enthusiasts among our guests about worth visiting locations in the region. For those wishing to spend half to full a daylight time and are in fond of adventures, Mani is a treasure. We have suggested three options:
(a) Very close to the villas starts the steep path up the spectacular Mylolangado gorge. After about two hours walking the
visitors arrive at the known monastery of Panagia Spilaiotissa. One can return by car. Pictured is the last part of the path at the monastery high end.
(b) A further south trekking destination, which can be combined with exploring of ancient remains, is the path leading to the known Kournos monastery. The monastery is close to the ancient settlement of Aigila (now named Kionia = columns) mentioned by Pausanias, which can be reached without much effort. Below is a 1980 picture of an anaglyph within the remains at this mountainous location; at the time of the picture the path was not in good condition and the approaching to the site was harder and more difficult. Today the path is adequately worked; the distance is about an hour’s walking. For the daring guests we are here to assist.
(c) Half an hour walking along a steep medieval mule stone-paved path is necessary in order the 11th century
chapel of Hag.Theodoroi at the Ano Poula fortified settlement in Deep Mani to be reached. The settlement is on the Makryna ridge.
Pictured below is the north entrance to the ridge.
To the Byzantine history attentive guests of ours, for places as the aforesaid, as well as numerous others of equal interest rather more easily accessible, we can provide approaching instructions, as well as make arrangements for a guide to accompany our guests, in case such a service is necessary.