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    Gythio in Greece is a beautiful seaside town on the southern side of Peloponnese, in the peninsula of Laconia. Constructed on the hill slopes around a natural bay, Gythio is the largest town in the region of Mani, a secluded barren place with ghost villages and wild landscape. The most popular beach of Gythio is Mavrovouni, a large beach with clean water. Due to the golden sand and the crystal water, Mavrovouni is preferred by the endangered sea turtles caretta-caretta to lay their eggs. With a very convenient location in southern Peloponnese, Gythio can be a base for road trips to Monemvasia, Mystras, Areopoli, Diros Caves and Stoupa.

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    Gythio is a beautiful fishing town in the southern side of Peloponnese. This place is surrounded by nice beaches and constitutes a convenient base for day excursions in the region of Laconia. Holidays in Gythio can be combined with visits to Monemvasia, Kythira, Kalamata, Mystras and other regions of Peloponnese.

    General information

    Have a look in our travel guide that we have prepared for Gythio holidays and find out the most important beaches, villages and sights to visit in the region. In order to get a better understanding of the location, check our large collection of photos, the videos and the maps that we have prepared.

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    Gythio Ancient Theatre

    Gythio is an area of mainland Greece which belongs to Peloponnese region. Former port of Sparta in the antiquity, the town of Gythio Greece has a long history and many interesting sites. On a hill above the town, there is an ancient theatre, while the islet of Kranae right at the entrance port hosts a lighthouse and a traditonal tower of Mani. Many such towers can be found in the region, although many of them are not well-preserved.

    The main beach of Gythio is Mavrovouni, a large bay with golden sand and crystal water. Many other beaches are found in the region, with clean water and relaxing ambiance. Due to its central location, holidays in Gythio can be combined with road trips to Mani, Diros Caves, Areopoli, Monemvasia and Mystras.

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    Hotels in Gythio

    Most accommodations in Gythio are concentrated in the nearby beach of Mavrovouni. Seaside hotels and apartments as well as budget rooms line up this long sandy beach, offering good access to the sea and to tourist facilities. Some accommodations are also found in Gythio town and other close beaches. Most places have simple facilities and traditional style.

    Highlights in Gythio

    Sandy beach of Mavrovouni
    In close drive to the town is the beautiful beach of Mavrovouni. Due to the soft sand and the crystal waters, this is a popular breeding place for sea turtles in summer.
    Beautitul port town of Gythio
    Gythio is a traditional town with a long port promenade. This promenade is lined up with fish taverns, cafeterias and shops. This is a nice base for excursions in Peloponnese.
    Interesting exhibits in Historical Museum of Gythio
    The Folklore and Historical Museum of Gythio is housed at the traditional Tower of Tzenatakis on Kranae islet, just a short walk from the port.
    Ancient Theatre of Gythio
    On a hill above the town is the ancient theatre of Gythio. This theatre was originally constructed in the Roman times and needs restoration today.

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    Shipwreck of Gythio
    Valtaki Beach. Greek shipwreck famous due to its picturesque location on an easily accessible sandy beach near Gythio, Greece.

\Dimitrios\ (previously named \Klintholm\), a small, 67 metre freight ship of 965 tons cargo capacity built in 1950, is registered to the Prefecture of Piraeaus, registration no. 2707. The ship belonged to 76.75% to the Molaris Brothers (Greek: Αφοί Μόλαρη) and to 23.25% to the Matsinos Brothers (Greek Αφοί Ματσινού). Dimitrios has been stranded on the beach of Valtaki (Greek Βαλτάκι) in today\'s Evrotas municipality in the prefecture of Laconia, Greece, since December 23, 1981.

There are many rumors about the ship\'s origins and how it got stranded on the beach. Most relate that the ship was used to smuggle cigarettes between Turkey and Italy. It was seized by the port authorities of Gythio and then deliberately released from the port and left to be dragged by the sea to the beach of Valtaki, about 5 kilometers from the port of Gythio. It was then set on fire to hide the evidence of cigarette smuggling. Another less common rumor speaks of a ghost ship of unknown origins.