A prime example of the real unspoiled Greece, Kardamili is a village of special beauty located in the upper (outer) part of the central Mani peninsula. It is an upmarket little place of great appeal to writers, artists, walkers and nature-lovers.
With the peaks of the Taygetos range behind and a Blue Flag sea to the front, Kardamili occupies a privileged spot on this wonderful stretch of coastline. Either side of the road through the village, Kardamili boasts seven or eight good restaurants, several bars/cafÉs, and a number of small shops. It also has a range of deserted tower houses – just a 5 minute walk up the dry riverbed to Old Kardamili behind.
To the north there is a long pebble beach called Ritsa. You can also swim from the rocks or from purpose-built quays in a very clean sea. There are plenty of walks, the best being through the Viros Gorge; a spectacular 4-5 hour nature trail with a couple of monasteries en route.
For a stay in this most picturesque of villages, we must recommend the Liakoto Apartments. On Kardamili’s peaceful seafront, the Liakoto enjoys a civilised and welcoming ambience, just a few minutes’ walk away from the centre of Kardamili.
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