Discover Mani: Kardamyli

Discover Mani: Kardamyli

Text and photos: T. Adamakopoulos

Mani: Kardamyli topoguide
Mani: Coverage of the hiking app Kardamyli topoguide

Kardamyli is inhabited since prehistoric times. The settlement was mentioned in the Homeric epics as part of the dowry offered by Agamemnon to Achilles, along with his daughter, as a reward for his participation in the Trojan war. The legend affirms that Kardamyli was the most important port of Sparta to the Messinian Gulf. The connection with Sparta used a mountain road that ran through Viros Gorge and the forest of Vassiliki.
The relationship of Kardamyli with Sparta and the laconic mythology are reflected in the so-called grave of the twins Castor and Pollux - brothers of Helen -, recognised in the Hellenistic tombs found near Old Kardamyli sector.

Today, Kardamyli is the most important settlement of Exo Mani. It consists of three districts, the Old Kardamyli, the Lower Kardamyli and Skala, all of which are of architectural and historical interest.

A well waymarked network of old earth and cobbled paths run across the Kardamyli area.