The peninsula of Mani, 1800 square kilometres in extent, is in Peloponnese. It ends up in Tenaro Cape; Mount Taygetus spreads along it and Prophet Ilias is its highest peak (2404 metres).
The soil cannot be easily cultivated because it is rocky; however, the people here, due to their iron will, have managed to produce rice, cotton, lupins, Indian figs, onions, vegetables, garden products, cereal, figs, olive oil, olives, carob – beans and citrus products.
Githeio is a historic town in the south of Peloponnese, near the mouths of the Evrotas, on the left of the Laconic Bay. It is the main port in the Laconic Bay and the second most important one in south Peloponnese (after Kalamata). The south end of Githeio is connected to a small island, called Ancient Cranae or Marathonisi, through a dock.
The equivalent of the Parthenon in Mani was not created by human beings. It is said that the ground of Mani as a whole is hollow, just a cave. Nevertheless, we can only visit “Alepotripa” and “Glifada”, on the right side of Dyros Bay.
The towers settled in Mani as a local defensive mechanism during Turkish Domination. That was when they got their final form, changing in this way the architecture in Mani radically and setting it apart from other places in Greece.