Mani Walking Holidays:

We are walking specialists for the Mani peninsula, an undeveloped region of Europe where until 70 years ago travel was only possible by boat or donkey trails (kalderimi). The peninsula is divided and dominated by the mighty Taygetus mountains that plunge down to sea-level. It is a geographically protected area with rare species of plants, birds and animals. Its unique landscape offers you mountains and gorges, coastal walks and enchanting traditional villages. Its seclusion and history has led to a distinct culture of family clans; their tower-clustered villages are marked by Byzantine and Frankish history. Of course, the whole region is a birthplace of ancient Greek myth.

    Walking into Kardamyli ©Pete Eastland

    Map of ancient Greece, south of Sparta you'll find the Mani peninsula between the gulfs of Laconia and Messina.

    The Mani has around 300 days of sunshine a year, spring being warm with carpets of wild flowers with a second blush in autumn offering added interest to our spectacular walks. We offer hotel to hotel, luggage transferred accompanied walks incorporating highlights of the Outer and Deep Mani, two distinct yet spectacular and varied landscapes.

    The walker can retain some independence; you can join us for an evening meal if you wish or make your own arrangements – we have many recommendations. We stay where possible at family run hotels, tavernas and rooms depending on location and availability. We encourage responsible tourism to minimise our footprint preserving this beautiful but fragile environment. There is much to see and do in the Mani should you wish to stay on after your week with us. Just relax enjoying the restaurants, cafes and bars, swim from the many beaches, cycle, go horse riding, do yoga or hire a car and tour the peninsula. Read more...

    Reviews:

    We're always keen to improve on our trips and seek feedback from our guests, here's a few responses from recent trips:

    Susie wrote to us: "The walks were tough but spectacularly rewarding: with a mix of stunning scenery ; ancient Byzantine monasteries and Frankish forts. Our lovely guides, Kerry and Julie, couldn’t have been better. They both have a passion for and are extremely knowledgeable about the culture and history of the Mani. The trip struck the perfect balance between walking and free time so there were ample opportunities to swim in the crystal-clear waters of the Ionian Sea." See our Reviews page for more.

    More about the Mani:

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    Kastania

    Find out more about our visits to Kastania along our walk to Exohori.


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    Kardamyli

    We pass through the jewel of the Mani and take time to discover its unique culture.


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    Gerolimenas and the deep Mani

    Gerolimenas is a picturesque small coastal village and a community in the municipal unit of Oitylo, at the southern end of the Mani Peninsula

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    Vegetarian Mani

    The cuisine of the Mani is fresh, tasty, green and delicious. As a vegetarian you’ll have no problem finding a great meal.


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    Orthodox culture

    The Orthodox Church is an ancient faith, rich in history and steeped in culture. Learn more about the meaning and purpose of the many cultural and religious…


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    Flora and fauna

    The majestic Taygetos mountains of the Mani are rich in flora and fauna…