At Gythio for lunch

Trip Start May 08, 2010
Trip End Jan 23, 2011

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Flag of Greece  , Peloponnese,
Thursday, September 2, 2010


Gythio is located in the middle south of the Peloponnese at the centre of the Laconian Gulf.

I love this lively, charming little harbour town.  This is the third time I come here and I always want to return.  I love the beauty of this place.  Its houses are two or three storey mostly neo-classical mansions, and the way they are stuck to the steep side of the Mount Koumaros reminds me of the Greek islands.

Its long sea-side promenade, the colourful fishing boats, its narrow streets and stairways produce the typical Greek environment which fascinates every visitor.

I guess this is the reason why I want to come here again and again.

There are many beaches around Gythio and the largest one is Mavrovouni beach.  It stretches out to several km and this beach is never crowded however every time we visit Gythio we come for lunch.  It has many seafood restaurants and I look forward to having some ouzo today.

Oh yes!  I remember once I had read that Mavrovouni Beach is one of the favourite places for the "caretta-caretta" the sea turtles that come out in this beach to lay their eggs in the sand.  The nests are surveyed and protected by the Sea Turtle Protection, - a Society called “Archelon”.

The food is great and the service unbelievable at the restaurant where we come.  Yes, I have my ouzo, I play with the sea gulls that fly above our heads.  We throw pieces of bread – in fact I threw the whole plate of bread in the sea, little by little, and I gathered not only the sea gulls above but a school of fish.

When my lunch is over, I walk towards the port, turn left towards the central square, and it is so beautiful indeed.  There are little shops selling souvenirs.  I enter one and ask the lady if I can take some photos.  I want to buy everything…..oh no! I am not the type of person who buys souvenirs.  I just love taking photos but the way the woman has placed all these little things on the shelves makes the person who enters, want to purchase.  Of course many of my friends like always buy different things, and they return to the coach with bags full of presents or local products! I am amazed how much they spend on buying things every time we are out on a trip together.

What a bad habit this is!!!  Buying things from every stop we have!

I am sure Yianni is proud of me, not buying anything,……and lucky at the same time! (lol)

It is already noon when we leave Gythio, and our next stop is Monemvasia.

I can't wait to go there!

A little islet called “Kranai”.

(Helen and Paris from Troi)
A little islet called "Kranai" connects with the mainland by a short dam.  It protects the port of Gythio town from the open sea. It is a beautiful place with pine-trees and an ideal view-point to overlook the gulf towards the Parnon mountain range in the east and Taygetos in the north-west.

As it is reported by Homer, the islet was the first refuge of Helen and Paris on their journey to Troy. According to the myth, Paris forgot his helmet on the islet as he was leaving - hence its name, since in Greek a helmet is calles "kranos". An interesting site on Kranai is the restored Tzannetakis Tower, a Maniot fortress-residence belonging to the Tzannetakis-Grigorakis families. It was donated to the state and currently houses the History and Ethnology Museum of Mani.

Also worth visiting are the chapel of Agios Petros and the octagonal lighthouse of 22 m height, built in 1873 of tenarian marble.

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venoth on

The port, lighthouse and the outskirts landscapes are definite reasons why this place has brought you back numerous times. I wish we had such landscape here in Peninsular Malaysia.

tony55 on


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