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Mani-Tainaro


..all will be your fellow travellers in a different journey that will rivet you, here in the southernmost end of Peloponnese, in the southernmost end of Balkans.

We are on the waterless stony land of Mani where untamed people once lived…

You leave the marine-town of Gythio behind and start walking a tightrope between fortresses’ frames and rock sites, poising at the same time on the edge of uncanny cliffs ... You pass the Port of Quails (Port aux Cailles) and arrive in the land of “Akrotainaro” (Taenarus edge), the southernmost end of Balkan peninsula, of eastern Europe’s mainland!

For a moment you may think you have stepped on a mysterious land of a fairy tale…. But in fact you have found yourself in a real, easily accessible place, at Peloponnese in Greece…

Myths, legends and stories: Cape Taenarus has always excited imagination. The peninsula where it lies on, the biggest of the four ‘fingers’ of Peloponnese, seems like hooked desperately on to the sea’s bosom, as if it has once tried to escape from sinking, during the primeval geological upheavals of the Mediterranean basin. According to Greek mythology, the gates of Hades were found here, in an eerie sea-cave from which the demigod Hercules brought Cerberus up to the earth...

“Maniates” (People of Mani), an unsubdued race: No other place in Greece as Mani has so much linked its rough bas-relief to the lofty and inaccessible character of its people.The villages of Mani’s dwellers put up their simple gray geometrical shape vertically on the earth in a solid defense order. Each building keeps its autonomy, but all together look like ramparts of a single castle....

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