I've only had a day in The Mani - a place I've wanted to visit for many years and effectively have just dipped a toe by aiming for Limeni, in many ways the perfect Greek fishing village, but to say that I'm enchanted is an understatement.
"The Land of evil counsel" may have been the area's nickname based on its early reputation for robbery and piracy but today, this gidden corner of south west Greece (around five hours by car from Athens) is well worth exploring. Supporting a population of little more than 5000 (200 years ago almost 60000) it feels sleepy and remote - a land of tower houses, castles, ancient sites, Byzantine chapels, beautiful beaches and spectacular caves situated in the Peloponnese.
Limeni was as sleepy as it gets when I arrived just before lunchtime Travelpassionate.com says "It’s a picturesque fishing village with excellent fish taverns and beautiful tower houses. Here you can admire the tower house of the Mavromichalis family, which played a significant role in the Greek War of Independence. The village is perfect for swimming as well. Although it doesn’t have a proper beach, a few steps are leading to the turquoise waters of the sea. I had my first bath of the season there earlier in June."