Holidays in one of the cleanest beaches of the Mediterranean
An entrancing picture, straight out of summer postcards! The long beach of Kamares in eastern Mani, with its ash sand, crystal clear turquoise waters, green landscape, and the imposing charm of Mani. There, at a distance of just 800 m from the edge of the water, the Kamares Villas Boutique Hotel with its impressive architecture is ready to make your summer dreams come true. This hotel came to upgrade the provided hospitality services in the area and provide visitors with modern accommodations which will allow them to get to know the cultural heritage, natural beauty, and beautiful beaches of eastern Mani. And since we cannot conceive of summer holidays without walks and entertainment, there is an up-to-date market and multiple options for coffee, dining, drinks, and all sorts of fun in the beautiful Gytheio, only 14 km away. And if you prefer something more quiet and romantic, Areopolis is even closer, at a distance of 12 km, offering you an alternative for your nights out.
Discover your own Mani!
Indomitable. Distinct. Unique. The region of Eastern Mani, facing to the Laconian Gulf, is a special place. Its beauty is distinct, its people are peculiar but hospitable, its characteristics are unique, and you need to approach it in a certain way. It is a mainly mountainous area, its land dry and barren, with heavily cold winters and hot summers. It includes the provinces of Gytheio and Oitylo, and the total size of the area is 1.800 km², with Taygetus as its backbone and Cape Tainaron at its tail. Gytheio and Areopolis are the center and historic center respectively of Eastern Mani. The name “Mani” is most likely due to the famous castle of Ma[i]gne, built in the early 10th century. The area of Mani has been inhabited since the Paleolithic Age, and its course through history has been remarkable. It has always been an administratively autonomous, culturally solid, historically and residentially distinct, in the Byzantine times as well as during the Ottoman rule. Mani constituted a single prefecture from the establishment of the Greek State until 1937, when the dictator Metaxas separated Western Mani from the province of Oitylo in Laconia and annexed it to the province of Kalames in the prefecture of Messenia – a separation intended to weaken the population of the area who had always resisted to every government of the country. Today the region preserves its unique cultural characteristics that impress visitors. Distinct stone villages, towers of formidable architecture, countless byzantine churches, a multitude of small pristine creeks with crystal clear waters, all waiting for visitors to discover what excites them the most…
One of the main advantages of Kamares Villas Boutique Hotel is its key location: its place in the map means that visitors can both enjoy a topographically exceptional area of vast natural beauty, as well as get around easily and fast to visit the most important sights in Mani. Make the most of it…
Kamares- On the trail of the ancient city of Las
Kamares is a picturesque seaside village which belongs to the borough of Neochori in the Municipality of Eastern Mani. It is a quiet fishing village with a long sandy beach, ideal for the summer holidays. The name “Kamares” (arches) is due to a major arch edifice from Roman times (18 meters in diameter), part of which is now submerged. The area of Kamares used to be part of the ancient city of Las, which extended to the temple of Zeus, at the estuary of the river Skyras. Las was the most prominent of all the prehistoric cities of Laconia, along with Oitylo in the wider area, and it is even mentioned in the “Iliad” by Homer. In addition to the beautiful topography and the enchanting landscape of Mani, another sight you can visit in Kamares is a small bridge at the estuary of the river Skyras – a small work of art, made from local stone.
A beautiful seaside town at the estuary of the river Eurotas, built amphitheatrically at the eastern foothills of the mountain Larisio (Koumaros), considered the safest in southeaster Peloponnese and the main port of the Laconian Gulf, which exports citrus fruit (mainly oranges), olives and olive oil. Gytheio has a population of 4.279 (2011 census), is the base of the Municipality of the same name which consists of 18 districts, and is the seat of the Holy diocese of Mani. It is also a quiet and picturesque town which has a large market, banks, a hospital, and all the necessary public services. It offers visitors a variety of options for dining, drinks, fun, and sightseeing. At the south edge of the town, there is a small pier connecting Gytheio to a small island, the ancient Cranae or Marathonisi, where you can visit the Tzanetakis tower, an octagon lighthouse (the Cranae lighthouse), and the small church of Agios Petros.