Our tour starts from the fortified tower houses of old Kardamili as we follow the path that once was part of the ancient so called royal road connecting Kardamili with Sparta. Along the way we visit some of the traditional, beautiful little villages of the region, we walk through their narrow streets as we learn about their past. Byzantine churches, stone built watchtowers, old fountains olive and grain mills reveal the life of the past. In a small distance ahead, mount Taygetos stands snowed in some of its highest peaks. A small break for a healthy picnic with traditional local delicacies gives us additional supply of energy. A burst of colors and fragrances of flowers and herbs overwhelm us and bring us even closer to the natural environment. We walk through an easy route, sometimes a stone built path and sometimes a shady pathway, immersed in olive trees, pines and cypress trees. Along the way we discover all the elements and images that make up the scenery of Mani, narrate its past and lifestyle of Mani inhabitants throughout time.
Starting time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Verga settlement, at the end of the road.
Implementation period: All year round (upon request)
Trail distance: 8 km
Route type: Directional
Activity duration with breaks: 4 hours
Suitability: Suitable for most / relatively good physical condition required
Meeting point:Verga or Kalamata
The altitude difference which is mostly covered uphill is the main feature of this route. We begin from 400 meters above sea level ascending to 1300 meters .
Participants should have with them:
1. Bottle of water
3. Sun cream (during summer months)
4. Hiking shoes or trainers (Open shoes, sandals or flip-flops are unsuitable)
5. Hiking backpack (if available)
Explore Messinia reserves the right to modify or cancel any outdoor activity due to bad weather or technical difficulties.
There is a minimum number of 4 participants required for the implementation of this outdoor activity. Explore Messinia reserves the right to postpone or cancel the activity in case of non completion of the required number of participants. For individual bookings or for less than 4 participants please contact us to request a price