Cape Tainaron
Cape Tainaron
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Carlos J
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2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Among the wild trip that was comparing my experience in Mani with the rest of the reviews everywhere, this was the wildest. The cape is a wild dry area with very clear water and some abandoned ruins which has the importance of... being the southern point. You can do a trek that is surprisingly challenging, with lots of rubbish in the way and rocks (you really need good shoes, some people were wearing sandals and were suffering) to the lighthouse, and there there is... just a lighthouse and some elevated view. You will be eaten by insects as well. I was there in October and it was still hot and busy, but really, I don't think it's worth it unless you want to check out all the areas. Not a good picture could be saved in there.
Written October 24, 2022
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chickandbeast
Southgate, Canada8,728 contributions
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May 2016 • Couples
Very rough road made it a bit of a nailbiter never knowing if the road had completely collapsed into the sea round the next bend. Huge potholes made it difficult for our little rental car to navigate.
No area to turn around so once you commence you are committed to going forward, saw only one other vehicle travelling the other direction over the roughest terrain we jad already passed, always womdered if they made it or got stuck.
Written September 7, 2016
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traveljourney
Athens, Greece36 contributions
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Aug 2012 • Family
If you visit Lakonia, walking to Cape Tainaro is among the absolutely must things you have to do; if not you will miss a really extraordinary landscape.

You can park you car at the end of the road and then start walking, the whole thing till the light house is approximately 40 to 50 minutes depending of you physical condition and the things you are carrying. It is easy, my kids aged 8 and 6 made it without complaining at all (in fact i had to call my son several times in order not to run) except 2-3 points where you have to be carefull. (not appropriate for pregnants and people with medical conditions)

Bring with you plenty of water and some snack you can eat at the lighthouse (do not leave garbage behind guys!)

There is a sign pointing out the direction. First you pass a small pebbled beach with incredible waters but packed with italians (mainly) who camp just at the parking at the end of the road despite the sign declaring "no camping"
please gyus why dont you show some respect? you camp on an archeological site the site of the ancient temple of Possidonas, would you like tourist camping next to your antiquities and ancient sites and after all we should all respect the law, shouldnt we?
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the landscaping is amazing as there are different bays one after the other the waters are crystal clear with blue and esmerald colours, the perfume from the herbs growing in the area and an energy really poisitive emanating from the whole location.

ancient Greeks chose carefully the location of their temples based on several criteria among others af course how beautiful the spot was and the "energy" geological, etc it had
Possidonas (the God of the see) temples were located mostly at capes (like the most known temple in Sounio Cape in Athens.)

So you keep on until you make it till the actual cape where you are really in front of the big blue Aegean at its best
The lighthouse is charming fully renovated and it is very pleasant to stay there for a while before going back (dont forget the water)
do not miss the experience!
Written August 19, 2012
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ManiMat
Stoupa, Greece15 contributions
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Sep 2011 • Friends
The final tip of the Mani requires turning off the main road – this time at Alika, some 3km south of Gerolimenas. The predominance of churches declines in this final stretch of land. Instead, potential attractions come in the form of the most renowned tower village of the Mani, Vathia, a great sandy beach at Marmaris, lunch at Porto Kagio, a visit to ancient Tainaron and a walk out to the lighthouse right at the end of the peninsula – the southern most point of mainland Europe. A great area to stay in of you really want to get away from it all.

More detailed information at http://www.insidemani.gr/tainaron/
Written April 23, 2012
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RedSkyWalker22
Thessaloniki, Greece235 contributions
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Jul 2015 • Couples
We have the luck to live not too far from the area of Mani, which we visit reguralry. Nevertheless, we consider no visit there as complete, if we do not reach the very south tip, Cape Tainaron, with its archaeologies, its mythological prestige, its remotness, peace, and the endless deep blue colour. A 50 minutes walk to the lighthouse, where you may enjoy a 330 degrees sea view, take amazing photos, and if you are outstandingly lucky, witness the playful presence of a monk seal family which visits the place. Avoid common mistakes of walkers to the lighthouse: take water with you, take a snack and/book if you plan to stay there for a while (strongly recommended!) and pre-consider the time you will need to come back in daylight, unless it is a full moon, which will make the entire project a meta-physical experience.
Written August 3, 2015
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nisha09
London, UK185 contributions
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Apr 2015 • Family
Cape Tainaron (or Matapan) is the southernmost edge of Greece and while there is the usual compulsion to reach 'the ends of the earth', it's a walk well worth doing (beware, however: it's stony, steep, narrow and often very windy, and not suited to very young children).

You begin not far from a reputed gate of hell and the remains of what may have been a sanctuary to Poseidon: fittingly, the water in the coves here is exquisitely hued and the surroundings of low hills and seemingly endless sea are evocative. But the real beauty is in the trek out to the lighthouse at the cape, built by the French in 1882 and now operated by the Greek navy. In April, the headland foams with a multitude of flowers; you can bring a picnic to eat on the 'terrace' surrounding the imposing lighthouse building, and eat it staring out at mile upon mile of blue, blue water.
Written April 8, 2015
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KostasKou
Athens, Greece88 contributions
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Apr 2017 • Couples
If you are visiting Mani and you are driving around you should visit Cape Tainaron. By car you arrive at Kokkinogia ,where the road ends, and then you take a 40 minute walk towards Cape Tainaro and the Navy's Lighthouse. Is a relatively easy walk but at a narrow path so proper walking shoes are required. Upon arrival to the Lighthouse you will be astonished by the view of the coastal line, the sea and the area. On the way back you can have a nice iced greek coffee or a light seafood lunch at the taverna in Kokkinogia.
Written April 15, 2017
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Shane C
Sydney, Australia297 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
If you are in the Mani region do not miss an hour or two in this incredible place. The 30 minute walk to the lighthouse is well worth the breath taking scenery and you can then say you have stood at the very tip of the Balkan Peninsula, and of mainland Greece. The site of the ancient town Tenarus has only a few mosaics left from it's time as a thriving Roman settlement, however there is also the cave that Greek legends claim was the home of Hades and on the hill situated above the cave is a small Byzantine Church built over the remnants of an ancient temple dedicated to the sea god Poseidon. There is an excellent taverna near the carpark if you need a rest and have an authentic Greek meal before or after your visit. We visited in July 2016 with our family of 6 which includes 2 teen girls and 2 tween boys. They loved being able to roam around and swim in the incredible clean blue waters of the ancient site.
Written September 30, 2016
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Fergs85
Thornton-Le-Dale, UK1,080 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Couples
We got down to the Cape from Stoupa by driving the full circuit round the Mani via Giorgiopolis. You need to take most of a day to do this, with plenty on the way to stop off and see. However, the eastern side is a slower road, and it’s a bit more direct and easier down the west side (it’s worth looking in to Gerolimenas for a drink on the way there or back). It’s definitely worth visiting the deserted fortified town of Vathia – very photogenic and something of an icon of the inner Mani. However, as for Cape Tenaro, we didn’t get much beyond the car park as a storm was brewing and we weren’t equipped for rain! Nevertheless, the landscape is pretty amazing – barren and forbidding, and full of atmosphere. You should get down there if you have time as there’s something elemental about the place, and it’s very symbolic to be at the edge of one of the most southerly points of the continent, with all its mythical associations.
Written July 26, 2016
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jeffsiger
Mykonos Town, Greece65 contributions
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Aug 2013 • Couples
Cape Tainaron (or Tenaro), at the southern tip of Greece's Peloponnese, is also the southernmost part of mainland Europe, two hundred miles across the Mediterranean from the African cradle of man’s existence. Some moderns called it by its Italian name, Cape Matapan. A desolate spot, marked by the remains of a temple to Poseidon and a modern lighthouse at its tip, this is where Greek mythology places the entrance to Hades, home to the god of the dead.

Here, too, the Ionian and Aegean seas meet, two great bodies of water that once stood as stages for antiquity’s greatest dramas, upon which ancient gods came to be and battled, loved, and died, Paris raced toward Troy with the abducted Helen, and Homer’s Odysseus spent much of his Odyssey. More than seas, today they serve as living links to modern civilization’s classic past.

Cape Tainaron is where you come to sit, reflect, and contemplate the meaning of your life.

There is also a taverna, but I never ate there.
Written December 28, 2013
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