Vathia is the most famous of the towered villages of the Mani and will already be familiar from postcards.
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You will probably have already seen a picture of Voidokilia Beach; it is a common postcard subject. It does look like it has been magically transported here from the Caribbean or the South Seas: a golden crescent of sand lapped by azure waters and backed by the lagoon.
It is worth every effort to visit Acocorinth, with its extensive castle ruins and astounding views.
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Nafplio is easily the prettiest large town in the Peloponnese, a fact not lost on the nearby Athenians who flock to visit on weekends and holidays.
There has been a fortification at Methoni since ancient times.
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Considering its size – you can easily walk from one end to the other – the little town of Kalavryta (‘Good Springs’) definitely punches above its weight.
Gythio, the modern capital of the Mani, is a pleasant port town with a 19th-century, Neoclassical harbourfront.
The Taygetos Mountains are a dominant feature of the region's landscape.
The Corinth Canal, nicknamed ‘the ditch’ in Greek, is a huge engineering achievement, and marks the start of the Peloponnese.
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Above all Monemvasia is for couples: to wander, hand-in-hand, down the cobbled lanes; to browse the small boutiques in search of art or jewellery; to sip cocktails on terraced platforms above tiled roofs.
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Nowhere else does the medieval, and especially the Byzantine, world seem to come alive as it does at Mystra.
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Occupying the middle prong of the Peloponnese, the Mani is home to plenty of attractive fishing ports.