After a long flight and an even longer ride I arrived in Greece on Saturday afternoon. I remembered why I do not like traveling with very early flights. After 5 hours of sleep I woke up and my brain was definitely not working. Have no idea how I managed to reach the airport and board on the plain. I traveled with SAS, which I have to admit is my least favourite low cost Scandinavian airline. If I compare it with Norwegian, Norwegian wins every time with clean airplanes, good service and onboard WIFI that works. While none of the above worked with SAS I did not let it spoil my trip. Going to Greece always makes me happy. When I arrived at Athens airport I had a good 3 plus hours drive to reach Mani.
Mani is in Peloponnese. Mani is the central peninsula of the three which extend southwards from the Peloponnese in southern Greece. Few tourists venture beyond the Mani’s Kardamyli area, but further south lies a breathtaking coastline of big mountains, steep foothills, pristine coastal coves, tiny villages, olive groves, abandoned stone towers and the wild sea. Most of the area is under-explored and that makes it a hidden treasure.
Until recent years many Mani villages could be reached only by sea. Today a narrow and winding road extends along the west coast from Kalamata to Areopoli or a brand new road from Athens to Gytheio. Whichever road one takes it is definitely the road to paradise.
First day of holidays I visited Skoutari. Skoutari is a picturesque seaside village, with a splendid long sandy beach and crystal clear waters. The beach of Skoutari lies about 15 km from the town of Gythio, on the provincial road from Gythio to Areopolis. This 150m long sandy beach is almost deserted, a perfect place to relax. While it is ideal for snorkeling and long swims it is also the perfect place to meditate and be with one self.
By the beach one can find two traditional greek tavernas. Their fishermen sail early every morning to catch fish and I was lucky enough to taste fresh calamari. Life in Greece is a beach. Let the holidays begin!
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