Exo Mani may not offer the endless sandy beaches encountered in other parts of the region, but what it does offer is equally unique. From cozy Ritsa and nature lovers’ favorite Foneas, to Kalogria with the natural springs and Katafygi with the stone lounges, the coastline of Messinian Mani, starting from Agios Nikolaos, hides a surprise at every turn.
Olive, pine and cypress trees reach the sea; cliffs adorn the shore; thick gray sand alternates with pebbles and natural stone platforms, while the waters are always calm thanks to the protecting bay. At the northern point of the bay lies cave Polyora (which you can only access by swimming), hiding a smaller beach inside strewn with sand, dense shade and stalactites. In the little canteen try fresh fried fish and ouzo. 9km from the Estate and 4km after Stoupa, on the way to Kardamyli.
Very close to Delfinia on the way to Kardamili, probably the most famous “unknown” beach of the area. Untouched by tourism, basically unorganized (with only one canteen over the shore by seaside, operating only during summer), the beach is hidden at the end of a path between the trees. It has white pebbles, turquoise waters and a huge rock in the middle of the cove providing natural shade – also serving as a natural diving board!
Just before Kardamyli, secluded, with shallow waters, gray pebbles and cypresses touching the sea. Ideal for children due to its depth – however make sure you bring along the essentials since it is completely unorganized.
Approximately 13km from the Estate, westwards of Kardamyli and within walking distance to the settlement, a lovely pebbly beach with crystal clear waters. It’s great for families, since there’s no beach bar nor is deafening music – there only a cafe, a cantina on the street and the tavern between the olive trees.
On the opposite direction, towards Mani, about 3 km southeast of the Estate, don’t miss Katafygi: a wild and imposing landscape with Mount Taygetos reaching the sea, natural stone sun beds and isolation. Ideal for young and / or lovers of nature and adventure, as the access from the path is not easy (10 minutes walk from the parking lot) and the probability of encountering nudists rather big. Bring along the essentials, since completely unorganized, and combine it with a visit to the cave.