240 22 Mani
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What makes it special to me:
The location so close to the beach, the charm and comfort of the houses, the excellent food at the taverna, as well the beauty of the area.
But what you should keep in mind:
The beach is pebbly, so not ideal for very young children (no sandcastles). Also, in August the beach and the taverna get crowded. Fortunately Stavros reserves sun beds at the beach for his guests and also makes sure they will always get a table at the taverna.
|Owner||Stavros and Fani Giannakeas|
|240 22 Mani|
All year. (The taverna is closed during the entire winter season.)
|Children:||The hotel is relaxed and child-friendly.|
|Credit cards:||VISA, MASTERCARD|
|Accommodation||10 studios for up to 3 persons (extra bed for child possible)|
6 apartments for up to 3 or 4 persons with one bedroom
6 maisonettes for up to 4 persons with one bedroom
2 maisonettes for up to 5 or 6 persons with two bedrooms
En-suite bathroom (shower)
Fireplace (in two of the maisonettes)
Two of the studios have wheelchair access
The houses are self-catering and you can use the kitchenettes to prepare breakfast, snacks and not too complicated meals (there’s no oven). Basic breakfast ingredients are provided, and there are two supermarkets and some other shops in Kardamyli where you can get supplies. My guess however is that once you see the taverna and taste the food, you won’t bother making your own food. Elies is among the very best in the area, with beautiful salads, grilled meats and fish, as well as cooked dishes. Everything is fresh, healthy and rich in flavour. Moreover, the setting is idyllic. Tables and chairs are painted in pastel shades; flowers add more colour; olive trees provide shade, and the views are of the sea. During the summer months the taverna is open all day long (breakfast is good too), but outside the peak season it closes at night and during the winter season it closes altogether.
Let’s see. Distance from Athens: about 270 km. Distance from Kardamyli: 1 km. Distance from the beach: depending on the house you will be staying at, 50-100 m. Distance from the taverna: a few meters less than that. Olive trees: everywhere. So yes, it is an exceptional spot. The beach is practically at your doorstep; you just cross the gardens and a narrow lane to get there. The village is a pleasant 10-15 minutes’ walk by the sea away. It is very quiet, except maybe in August when the taverna is busy throughout the day, and the beach can get a little crowded.
Kardamyli is situated about 35 km from Kalamata. (The town is a good three-hour drive from Athens, mostly highway, and in summer there are international charter flights to Kalamata.) As you enter the village, you will see a small church on your right. Turn right just before the church (there is a sign for Elies) and follow the lane alongside the beach. After a bit less than 1 km, towards the very end of the beach, you will see Elies on your right.
Mani is a rugged ‘middle finger’ in the southern
A visit to the most southern part the region, the inner Mani, is always a somewhat mystical experience which, fortunately, due to its remoteness, you are not likely to have to share with busloads of fellow travellers. Just like its people, the landscape of this southernmost part of the Greek mainland comes across as stark and forbidding, but the spectacular coastlines and barren mountain ranges, dotted with small clusters of fort-like tower-houses, never fail to captivate those passing through.
The inner Mani is an area to simply take in, rather than to run around touring site to site. Wandering around its many stone tower villages is a great experience (Vathia is a must). On the west coast, close to the main (village-sized) town, Aeropoli, the caves of Pirgos Dirou are among the best known in
On the east coast you should make a stop at the little seaside town of Gythio, which has a good choice of fish restaurants by the water. The drive down the coastal road is beautiful, and you will come across several good beaches, some with sand, others with pebbles. Keep in mind though that this intriguing peninsula is not the place for beach bums, but for those who like to walk, explore and discover in peace and quiet. Spring is the best time of the year for this, and is indeed more of a ‘high season’ than the summer.
In contrast to the untamed wild beauty of the Inner Mani, the Outer Mani that lies to its north is much more friendly and lush in appearance. Set against the backdrop of the Taigetos mountain range, the area is one of the most scenic parts of
Read here what others said about Elies
Cannot believe 7 days can go so quickly. The Studios (#18) are beautiful .. the ongoing provisions amazing .. the view over the olive trees to the tea glorious - the restaurant open until 5pm is extremely well priced and gives you a good selection/tasting of Greek food. A lovely 1km flat walk to the village with wee shops, restaurants & a supermarket. The many walks to the surrounding villages, churches etc are very well signposted.Caroline A.
Auckland, New Zealand
I wanted to thank you for the Elies recommendation. We had a great time there. It was one of the best holidays I've been on and we all enjoyed it immensely. We will definitely go back.Nick M.
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