For historical and educational activities, compining your tour paths and settlements in Mani, we suggest among else:
- Kranai islet(or Marathonisi) with traditional Tzannetakis Grigorakis tower, which built in 1829 and houses the Historical and Ethnological Museum of Mani.
- The famous castle of Mystras, striking all seasons.
- The magical Cave of Diros, including rich findings.
- The Neolithic Culture Museum of Diros including very interesting exhibits.
- Tainaro, the southest edge of Continental Europe, including the Temple of Poseido.
- Olive and Greek Olive Oil Museum in Sparta.
- The Tomb of Vapheio in Amykles.
- Mavromichalis mansion in Areopolis.
- The Ancient Theatre of Gythio.
Nearby beaches, such as Limeni, Marmari, Porto Cayo, Almyros, Kampoi, etc., welcome visitors for swimming in the summer, for winter walks, providing fresh fish and local Mani’s cuisine taverns all year long.
Trapela’s staff is at your service, always willing to answer questions, give you background information about the area and suggestions for beaches, tours, trails and activities for all season activities.
- Hiking with local guide
The most interesting way to discover an area is on foot. The Mani offers everything: from a relaxed stroll through the fields and olive groves around Areopoli to challenging mountain walks of several hours.
Nature, history, geology, even archeological treasures can be found in abundance by the attentive observer. Wandering past olive and carob trees, among aromatic bushes of broom, thyme and sage, and the scented wild flowers adorning the bare rocks, you may discover one of the numerous little churches dating from the 11th to 13th centuries, an abandoned settlement, a rare wild flower or a fossil, and end up in a secluded little bay for a refreshing swim in the turqoise water.
Tip: Tough walking boots and trousers are the best protection against the prickly undergrowth; walking sandals, shorts and trendy outdoor wear are rather useless!
SWIMMING: The fact that Mani has very few sandy beaches has protected it from mass tourism and its unpleasant side effects. The coast is rocky and the sea deep. Swimmers can plunge into the crystal clear water from flat rocks or pebble beaches.
Mask and snorkel reveal the silent splendour of the underwater world: a swift hunter, a shimmering school, a starfish or an anemone, an octopus, maybe an antique amphora covered with shells, and if you’re lucky you might suddenly find yourself swimming in the company of a turtle (kareta kareta).
CYCLING: Even the main roads are quiet, but the real attraction for the cyclist is the many country lanes, some un-metalled, which take you into the remotest parts of the countryside. Passing olive groves and stone walls you can enjoy the serenity of the landscape and the “song” of the cicada. You can find everything from gentle freewheeling to a really challenging ride.
- HORSE Riding
For those of you with more or less experience in riding horses, looking for multiple ways to get in touch with nature and feel perhaps more free, more primitive…
Riding the horse, confident and self trusting, start your tour in Mani. Ride your Horse in streets and alleys crossing mountains, canyons, rivers or beaches and get the most of excitement..! Landscapes with powerful contrasts, unique geology, ecosystems of special beauty, makes your tour special and literally take you off!
An amazing opportunity for a whole family or a group of friends in lovely relaxing walks always with the guidance of experienced instructors.
The horses will be very friendly and cooperative with you from the first moment and your participation in their preparation will help you become familiar with them. You will proceed to exercises, you will learn pace, you will gain control of the bridle, and finally you will be trained on how to accept your horse, commands from you.
- Excursions Sea kayaking – Trips with speedboat – Center maritime activities in Limeni.