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This is honestly one of my favourite hotels in the world. Whenever we have a Mani holiday, this hotel has to feature in our trip. Illias, Tanya and Panos always welcome us long lost friends (you always tell us that your cousin looks like my...More
Great traditional place in Mani! Great decoration! Warm hospitality! Custom made breakfast with authentic tastes! Panagiotis and his mother Tania are great hosts and the father, an amateur cook that, enjoys to treat the hotel guests! An impressive wine cellar for a small hotel with...More
My husband and I have just spent 2 WONDERFUL nights at this hidden treasure of a boutique hotel. All the other reviewers have really said what I wish to say so I will just add that we LOVED every minute of our stay in this...More
My wife and I have just returned from our 1 week holiday to the beautiful Mani region of the Peloponnese where we stayed for 7 nights in the wonderful hotel Citta dei Nicliani, the hotel is nestled in the tower village of Koita that doesn't look...More
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Response from iliasAthina, Manager at Citta dei NiclianiResponded May 12, 2018
Dear Jan and John
Thank you very much for your comments. It was a honor and pleasure to have you again in the hotel and we hope to see you again.
All the best and many thanks, from all of us.
We recently had a wonderful experience at Citta dei Niclolei, which is a family-run luxury hotel deep in the Mani peninsula,
managed by a lovely Greek couple Tania and Elias, and their son Panos. The building is a sympathetic conversion of an 18th century building...More
C dei N is in Koita, which also has a small "supermarket" and that's it. It is not on the coast so no beach to walk to. As far as I know, there are no hikes originating in Koita itself. We had a car, which is certainly... More
C dei N is in Koita, which also has a small "supermarket" and that's it. It is not on the coast so no beach to walk to. As far as I know, there are no hikes originating in Koita itself. We had a car, which is certainly easiest for the Peloponnese. There is a bus stop on the main road passing through Koita and I did see locals waiting there. You should write to the owners of C dei N about staying without a car; they will advise you. The guidebook I have with the most bus information is Lonely Planet. It describes where you must change buses to go from Athens to different parts of the Pelop, as well as bus info for some parts of the Mani. You may want to get some topo maps to find a base (with a beach?) that has many walks originating. Also, you can probably arrange taxis to take you to a point where you want to spend the day.
An example of a place with hikes originating from it is Kardamyli, including short hike from old Kardamyli to Agia Sophia church, longer tougher loop through the Vyros gorge, long loop through Exochori, etc. It is closer to Kalamata (which has an airport), has lots of accomodation and lots of restaurants. Other towns in that stretch with beaches and facilities are Stoupa and Agios Nikolaos. We stayed in an isolated spot between Kardamyli and Stoupa, between two beaches Foneas and Delphini, neither of which is very safely accessible walking on the main road but there would likely be a bus (or taxi).
Examples of beaches in the vicinity of Koita that we went to: beach north of Diros Caves but reached through Charia on switchback road through olive groves, beaches at Mezapos, beach at Cape Tenaro. There is a nice looking beach at Marmari that we did not go to. We drove through Gerolimenas which looked like a nice little town; there are several hotels and restaurants and it is on the water - a possible base. Vathia, which is an interesting site, is about 15 km from there (likely there is a bus through it) and Cape Tenaro another 15 or so. Don't know if bus would go all the way to Cape T or what the frequency of any of these buses would be. There look to be many hikes between Marmari and Cape T. Also could hike from Vathia to some of the other tower ruins in the area.
I hope this helps but best to consult the Citta dei Nicliani owners, who are very helpful. Regarding Athens, you don't want a car! Easy to walk to many sites and tram or metro for others. Metro easy for both airport and port of Piraeus. In Athens, Psyrri is a wonderful neighbourhood to stay, even if it looks sketchy!