Kardamili is a traditional village by the sea 35 kilometers south from Kalamata. It belongs to the small state of Mani. Even today, the village preserves its ancient name. It is interesting to know that in his narrations, Homer cites Kardamili as one of the seven cities offered by Agamemnon to Achilles as a condition to rejoin the fight during the Trojan War.
The area is filled with some of the most beautiful beaches of the county. One should not miss the opportunity to visit the Ritsa, the Porto Kalamitsi, the Foneas beach and the Dolphins’ beach.
It is worthwhile to wonder around the stone paths through the Old Kardamili area, where you can marvel at the ruins of the mediaeval Castle and the ancient fortifications, the imposing temple of St. Spiridon, while you are will definitely be mesmerized by the distinctive regional architectural style of the various castles.
For the funs of hiking, Kardamili is the departure point of many mountain trails, which may even lead to the peak of Mountain Taigetos. There are hiking trails of all difficulty levels for the amateur hikers up to expert climbers. The strollers will have the opportunity to admire mediaeval byzantine small churches built up based on old stone architecture of Mani.
Do not pass on the opportunity to visit the Viros canyon with a total length of 20km. It believed that the tombs of Dioscuri (Castor and Pollux) are carved in the stones of Viros canyon.
Kardamili is all season visiting place. It has beautiful taverns that offer local traditional cuisine and relaxing coffee shops for resting and discussing. Some of the unique local products are the extra virgin olive oil, the Sfela cheese, the smoked pork and the tea leafs from Taigetos Mountain. Most of the coffee bars offer free Wi-Fi access for those who enjoy being always online.
The surrounding villages offer great opportunities for day-excursions. You can visit Platsa, Thalames, Stoupa and Ag. Nikola, whose history goes back to the Byzantine times.
For those who enjoy the landscape of the mountains, it is worth it visiting Exohori Petrovouni and Kastania villages where can marvel the old byzantine castles and the panoramic view to Messinia bay.
If you are looking for an opportunity to go further about, you may visit Itilos, Areopoli and the Dirou caverns.