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Gythio

About for Gythio

Gythio is a town on the eastern shore of the Mani Peninsula, and a former municipality in Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality East Mani, of which it is a municipal unit. The municipal unit has an area of 197.313 km2. It was the seaport of Sparta, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) north.

It is the site of ancient Cranae, a tiny island where according to legend Paris of Troy and Helen from Sparta spent their first night together before departing for Troy, thus igniting the Trojan War.

Gythio used to be an important port until it was destroyed in 4th century AD, possibly by an earthquake. Even thereafter its strategic location gave Gythio a significant role in Maniot history. Today it is the largest and most important town in Mani with traditional hotels  to stay in. It is also the seat of the municipality of East Mani.

Let’s explore 11 things to do in Gythio.


  1. Go to the lighthouse of Gythio.
  2. Nafplio city tour.
  3. Experience nature outdoor activities.
  4. Stay in a hotel tower in Gythio.
  5. Explore tower of Tzanetakis.
  6. Visit historical and ethnological museum of Mani.
  7. Wine & oil olive tasting in a Greek organic farm in Laconia.
  8. Hiking around Kardamyli.
  9. Visit Cranae.
  10. Sunbath in one of the golden beaches in Mani.
  11. Eat fresh fish in a local fish tavern.

Hotels for Gythio

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