Κardamili

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A few words..

At the messinian Mani 34km away from Kalamata since 4000 years ago still lies the Kardamili town by the sea. It is a landscape which is made on purpose that you will never forget it.
From 1989 until now it is preserved settlement because of it’s endless natural beauty and it’s long history through the centuries. The old town of Kardamili is settled some meters east from the new one.

We suggest you the following route:

Gorge of Viros

Starting point: Kardamili town

Level: Easy

Distance:  About 7 km

Visit time period: Autumn, spring, summer

Hot spots : Byzintine churches, graves of Dioskouri, Kastora, Polidefki sons of Zeus, old elaborate fountain, view to the pyramid (the peak of Mountain) Taigetos, gorge of Viros, fresh cool water from springs.

Book your seat, ask details via email: info@grecopaths.gr

Included: local, English speaking tour escort, traditional snack, personal insurance, walking poles, backpack (if necessary), photographs from the tour

Νοt included: Transportation depends from where are you staying (for example Messinia or Arglolis prefecture)-Please ask us to give you the extra cost-

Brief description:

The path starts from the old town of Kardamili.

We pass from the historical & famous fortified complex of towers of the strong family of the area’s captains οn 17th,18th & 19th century (Troupakis & Mourtzini family)

Continue on the uphill cobbled path after 40 min, we reach to the church of Sent Sofia, which dates on 1614 A.D. From there we can admire the view of the Taigetos mountain, with its impressive pyramid-peak with 2.407m altitude & from another side we can see the kardamili & the sea view.

During our walk we will meet the graves of Dioskouri,Kastora, Polidefki sons of Zeus and queen of Sparta Lida. Fortunately when you start feeling thirsty you will find an old elaborate fountain which will give you what you need.. cool water which for centuries running nonstop ..Few meters later the dirt path starts to downhill through the luxuriant vegetation of the area which is so luxuriant in some spots that reminds you jungle! At summertime this passing, it’s like an oasis! After 35min we reach to the river bed of Viros gorge. Viros has total length about 19 kilometers & it starts from the foothills of Taigetos & the forest Vasiliki & ends to the Kardamili. While our walking tour we will meet also an old abandoned monastery. Continue on, we walk across to the gorge admiring the surrounding nature & after about 1.5 h we reach to the spot we began.

It is a trip that you will not forget. You can feel the glorious history of this place walking in the old paths which give their own point of reference in the course of time.

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