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Your Travel Guide to Kardamyli 

Discover our detailed guide to Kardamyli, an under-the-radar town in the Peloponnese, known for its crystal-clear waters, pebble beaches, olive groves, and delicious cuisine.   

One of the most beautiful spots in Mani, Kardamyli offers a serene and authentic travel experience, making it a great choice for anyone seeking a vacation filled with natural beauty, cultural richness, and a relaxed vibe.


Kardamyli is located about 40 kilometres southeast of Kalamata, which you can get to by plane from Athens. The drive to Kardamyli from Kalamata is around 45 minutes and offers stunning coastal and mountain views. If you drive straight from Athens, it will take around 3.5 hours. 


Explore the Old Town, which features traditional Maniot architecture, with stone-built houses and narrow alleys.

Take one of the various treks up the hills. We recommend heading all the way up to the old town and then continuing to Agia Sophia Church. Once you reach here, you can enjoy amazing views of Kardamyli from above.

Visit Mourtzinos Castle. If you want to find out all the details about the important history behind Kardamyli, one of the oldest settlements of the Peloponnese, book a tour of the castle. 

For a few euros, you can also tour the museum and the Byzantine church of Saint Spyridon, with its impressive Ionian-style bell tower.

Visit the Leigh Fermor House, the former residence of Patrick Leigh Fermor, a renowned British writer who made Kardamyli his beloved home. This stunning property (one of the most beautiful in the country) consists of four stone buildings surrounded by an olive grove. It’s now open to the public with scheduled visits, so make sure to book ahead. 


Kardamyli holds a variety of cultural events throughout the year with a great range of festivals (including a cool jazz one at that), art exhibitions and musical performances that showcase local culture and traditions. We highly recommend you attend if one is on during your stay. 

Visit Meropi, the lush green islet opposite Kardamyli that hosts Venetian wall ruins of the 18th century.  

Drive across to Stoupa, a seaside village that’s only 8km from Kardamyli. Here you’ll find a beautiful sandy beach with a range of restaurants to choose from. Along the way stop off for a quick dip at Kalogria.

Speaking of swimming, there are many beaches to choose from, including Ritsa, an organised beach, Kalamitsi with its fine pebbles and shallow waters, or a bit further over is Foneas, one of the most popular by far thanks to its white pebbles, a canteen, and a rock that’s perfect to dive off. If you prefer less crowded spots we recommend adding Delfinia and Pantazi to your list. 

Shop at one of the many boutiques that stock a great range of locally made sandals, jewellery, ceramics, art, as well as Maniot oil, wine and other delicacies. 


Gialos is located on Ritsa Beach, and here they serve good traditional Greek cuisine. 

Kastro Taverna, for authentic dishes that are made with produce that comes straight from the owner’s farm.

Old Kardamyli Traditional Restaurant, where you can sit under the shade of trees and enjoy a long lazy lunch. 

Elies Restaurant, set in a lovely outdoor garden, we suggest you try the delicious octopus, fava and other freshly made meze. 

Harilios, for a more modern dining experience.

Kalamaki, if you are looking for some good souvlaki and other casual bites.  

Yioyitsas Backyard is a traditional café in Old Kardamyli, with live music and homemade delicacies. 

Aquarella Cafe/Cocktail Bar, located along the waterfront, is a great spot for an aperitivo. 

Tikla Cuzina and Wine Bar is a great seaside bar where you can enjoy both dining and local wine. 

Psaltiras Wine Bar is the place to go for an amazing selection of Greek wines and you can also take part in the wine and oil tasting while you are there. 

Androuvista Café is in the heart of town and the perfect place for breakfast, a quick bite, or a drink. 

Lola serves homemade frozen yogurt and ice cream, plus other delicious handmade sweets!


Diapori Suites

This recently opened hotel is set above the fishing harbour of Kardamyli and overlooks the azure sea. 

Kalamitsi Hotel

Located among lush olive groves and colourful orchards, this traditional hotel offers breathtaking views and beautiful sunsets. 

Leigh Fermor House

For just 3 months per year, this stunning residence turns into a private holiday villa. Guests can enjoy the impressive interiors, as well as the beautiful garden, private beach area and outdoor pool. 



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