The pristine authentic beauty of Laconia
Laconia is situated in the southeastern Peloponnese, an area of impressive natural beauty, with the imposing Mount Taygetus, incredibly beautiful towns, such as Monemvasia, Gytheio, Areopoli, Kardamyli, Limeni, and Gerolimenas, scenic rolling hills, vast citrus and olive groves, and a stunning coastline. The area has preserved its authentic character, traditional architecture, and pristine beauty.
The most important and worth-seeing attractions include the Diros Caves, the Castle of Mystras, the Museum of Neolithic Civilization, Marathonisi, Cape Tainaro, the southernmost point of continental Europe, as well as numerous centuries-old churches and monasteries.
Access to Karavostasi, Itilo, Mani
Karavostasi is located at a mere distance of 7 kilometers from Areopoli and 34 from the scenic town of Kardamyli. Access from Athens is easy, by following the relatively newly constructed Corinth – Tripolis national highway, and then, when in Tripolis, highway E961 towards Sparti and Aeropoli. The hotel is built right on the water, enjoying an incredible view of the bay, the surrounding mountains, the gorge of Itilo and the groves of the valley.
Other Mani Villages
Other Mani villages include Stoupa, Lagada, Tseria, Kastania, Limeni, Gythion, Vathia, Kotronas and Gerolimenas. All the houses, museums and public buildings in these villages follow the local traditional architecture, in order to perfectly blend with the environment and the landscape of Lakonia, in southern Peloponnese.
A glimpse of history
Itilo takes its name after the hero of the Greek mythology Itilos, who was the son of Amfiaktanas.
It seems that Itilo has actually been inhabited even since antiquity. More specifically, during the Homeric years, Itilo was part of Menelaos’ kingdom. The historian Pafsanias mentions that it was one of the most important cities in the region. Nowadays, remnants of ancient monuments and inscriptions can be found around the beach, where the Temple of Serapis is located.
During the Ottoman Empire, a lot of Byzantine royal families lived in Itilo, like the Komninos, Medikos and Giatrianos clans. Between 1672 and 1674, a lot of habitants from Mani moved to Italy. The Giatrianos family moved to Tuscany, the Komninos family moved to Genoa, while other members of these families moved to Corsica. Times were very difficult for Greece back then and the richest families chose to emigrate, instead of surrender themselves to the Turks.
In 1770 the Russian Navy docked in Itilo and the Admiral Theodor Orloff together with the very important for the region Mavromichalis family and many of the locals started the 1770 revolution.