Short excursions based on Skoutari
If you are looking for isolated beaches and wild natural beauty you should do the “Mesa” Mani Tour. Start early in the morning from Skoutari heading to Kotronas.
Continuing go through Flomohori on the serpentine road ascends in Laya with Mani towers or descends to the port of the Laya, Alypa.
A picturesque bay hidden among the rocks, a beach with crystal clear water and large stones pug “laloudes” in the local dialect.
Next stop in Porto Cayo anchorage of the pirates.
But if you have time and feel like walking explore Cape “Tainaro“.
There you will see the remains of the Temple of Poseidon, which was the passage to Hades, and if you walk about 1 hour (the route is not particularly difficult), you will find yourself in the beautiful lighthouse, on the southernmost tip of Europe’s land.
Arrange to be on the balcony of the lighthouse at sunset to enjoy the colors of fire lost in the sea.
Another option after Porto Cayo is to visit Marmari, an organized sandy beach which offers food and coffee.
Continue your walk in time to the medieval Vatheia, an abandoned settlement, of the best preserved in Mani.
It dominates high on the hill with its towers standing close to each other and becoming one with the stone of the landscape.
Do not forget to visit the small but famous for its beauty , the fishing village of Gerolimenas.
Finally close the day in Areopolis walking the cobblestone alleys, try Mani specialties in the many taverns and enjoy a cocktail at the bars.