The landscape of Mani is special both in terms of its natural configuration and in terms of its architectural physiognomy.
In Mani, there are many stone towers, 7 castles, a variety of archeological sites, Byzantine and post-Byzantine churches with excellent paintings. In the area are 98 of the 118 settlements of the Peloponnese that have been officially declared traditional, along with many caves, cobbled streets, and gorges for hikers. The villages of Mani retain their traditional architecture and their special way of life. Nestled among the inaccessible mountains, beautiful and imposing, they wait to tell their story to visitors.
From the landscape of Western Mani, stand out: Kardamili, with the Byzantine monuments and the gorge of Byros, Stoupa, Lagada with the stone tower houses, the villages of Mount Taygetos, Tseria, Kastania, and Milia.
Gythio with the port and the special architecture, Areopolis with its cobbled streets and towers that have been declared monuments. The caves of Diros, Limeni opposite the Homeric Oitylos, Gerolimenas, Vathia, Kotronas with their beaches and traditional architecture, Drymos, Porto Cayo, Lagia, Cape Tainaro, Nyfi, and Kotronas are worthwhile of the municipality of East Mani.
Mani products are Thyme honey, smoked coniferous, double, oil, olives, locusts, and aromatic plants (tea, sage, thyme, etc.) as well as “lupins”.