Gythio is a seaside town on the south of Peloponnese. It is the capital of Mani, a mountainous and barren area known for its brave fighters during the Greek War of Independence. Many sandy beaches and interesting sightseeing surround this lovely town. Mavrovouni is the most famous beach of Gythio, while very nice beaches are also Selinitsa and Ageranos. A short walk from the port of Gythio leads to the islet of Kranae where is the Historical Museum. In short drive from Gythio are nice places, such as the Caves of Diros, the town of Areopolis and the fishing village of Gerolimenas.
The Historical and Ethnological Museum of Mani is housed in Tzanetakis Tower on Kranae islet and its items inform us on the long history and tradition of Mani. The tower has three floors and the first one hosts the observations of some Western travelers on Mani.
The historical lighthouse of Gythio is located at the edge of Kranae islet, which is connected to the mainland through a pathway.
Located on a hill above the town, the ancient theatre of Gythio was originally built in the Roman times. In summer, it hosts many cultural events and festivals.
Location: In the prefecture of Laconia
Description: This small seaside town gets very lively in summer because many tourists come to spend their holidays. The trademark of Gythio is Kranae islet, which is connected to the mainland through a narrow strech of land.
Location: 13 km south of Gythio
Description: This small village has many abandoned fortresses that were once used to protect the area from the enemies.
Location: 2 km south of Gythio
Description: This is the most crowded and organized beach close to Gythio. It has a lot of tourist facilities and different kind of watersports.
Location: 2 km north of Gythio
Description: This beach is famous for the rusty ship that lies ashore. Note that the caretta-caretta sea turtle goes there in summer to lay its eggs.
Location: 14 km south west of Gythio
Description: Ageranos is a nice long beach with crystal water. It gets pretty popular in summer.
Location: 7 km north of Gythio
Description: This beach gets windy sometimes and provides a nice spot for windsurfing and other watersports.
Google map of Gythio excursions
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