Essential information for "Mani house - Ktima Kriviana"
Kalyvia Village, Gytheio, Lakonia, Peloponnese.(23200)
1- Upon Arrival in Kalyvia Village:
You will be met upon arrival by George, at the village of Kalivia. Please call number, +30 6972090333 and we will come and meet you.
Directions from Athens Airport by Car: (292?m)
1- From Athens Airport take signs of the motorway towards CORINTH
2- Once on the E94 keep going, past Corinth to E65 in the direction of Tripoli
3- Eventually you will see the city of Tripoli on your right hand side. You now need to start looking out for your turn-off, for the road towards Sparta.
4- You will now turn right to join the national road to Sparta, (make sure you are not going towards Kalamata!!).
5- After 45Km you will come down the mountain meeting Sparta town.
6- Keep going straight forward, till you meat the sign of Gythio.
7- Turn left to the direction of Gythion town.
8- Driving for 30Km now you have to watch so you won’t miss
your turn off for the road towards “Areopoli” .
Turn right as soon as you meet the Areopolis exit, and keep
driving till you meet the Kotronas/Skoutari/Kalivia sign. At this spot a Greek
Orthodox Church will be at your right hand side. Turn left at
“Kotronas/Skoutari/Kalivia” sign, till you find the next sign with
direction to “Skoutari/Kalivia/Paganea”. Turn left at the sign indicating direction
to “Skoutari/Kalivia/Paganea”. Keep driving just following the
road, without turning left or right, (be sure that you do not turn
right to Skoutari village). This road once followed, will lead you
straight to Kalyvia village. Once you enter the
village, keep driving through. You will drive past a small stone
built square with three trees, and a phone booth, where the main
road is following a 180/o turns to the left, sea view will be in
of you. Please park your car and Call on 0030 6972 090333.
the villa is a 3 minutes by foot from this point.
Directions from Kalamata’s Airport by car: (90,3Km)
1- Leaving the airport gate, turn left. At the end of the road turn right joining E65 of “Kalamata Tripoli”.Keep driving on the same road which changes name to “Iroon Politechniou”
2- At the end of the road turn right at “Artemidos”
3- At the next turn, left at “Likourgou” street.
4- Keep driving. Once crossing “Psaron”street the road
name changes to “Kritis”. After counting 7 streets on
your right hand side, on the 8th “Akrita street ” , you
5- This street leads to the sea waterfront.
6- Turn left and follow the coastal road “Navarinou”
straight forward till you meet the national road of “Areopoli" – "Klamata”, then turn
7- Keep driving till you meet the sign to “Gythio”, few
meters out of “Areopoli” town.
8- Turn left following the Areopoli-Gythio-road for 20Km.
9- When you meet the sign to “Kotronas/Skoutari/Kalivi”,
at this point a Greek
Orthodox Church will be on your left hand side.
10-Turn right at “Kotronas/Skoutari/Kalivia” sign, till you find the next sign with
direction to “Skoutari/Kalivia/Paganea” .
11-Turn left at the sign indicating direction to “Skoutari/Kalivia/Paganea” . Keep driving just following the road, without turning left or right, (be sure that you do not turn right to Skoutari village). This road once followed, will lead you straight to Kalivia .
village.Once you enter the village, keep driving through. You will drive past a small stone built square with three trees, and a phone booth, where the main road is following a 180/o turns to the left, sea
view will be in front of you. Please park your car and Call on 0030 6972 090333. Kriviana villa is a 3 minutes by foot from this point.
Mr. Grafakos Tel: 0030 6944534282.
Cleaner will arrive at the house once a week and in case of a stay longer than a week, twice a week.
George cleans the pool. He lives in the basement in an entirely independent flat, he takes care of necessary actions in the early morning, and late evening, 1 or 3 days per week or in case of emergency.
Vassilis is maintaining the garden. He arrives 1-2 days in the morning.
Fresh Fruit and vegetables - a van visits the village three times per
week usually around noon. These fruits and vegetables are grown by local farmers. Besides that, fruits and vegetables are offered in an open air shop in “Vathy” (????) village, just opposite a mini market.
Drive out the village, turn right, to the road down to the sea, follow the way until you meet on your right
hand side, an old stone built bridge. Turn right, (do not try to use the bridge). Keep driving to the direction of Ageranos, (do not turn right to Kamares village). Past “Ageranos”, continue on the main road till you reach on your right hand side a mini market where you can park your car.
Butchers are situated in Gythio (22Km) in “Ermou” street, and in Areopoli (22Km) which is famous for its excellent - local organic meat, on the main town square, and not far from there, on the national road (high way) ?f Areopoli/Mani to the direction of Mani
Fishmonger – the local fishmonger visits the village at least twice per week, usually around 10 a.m Fresh fish can be bought in Gythio (22Km) in the main street of Vassileos Georgiou.
Nearest petrol station: 6Km away from the villa, on the way to Gythion town.
Post Office: – at Gythion city just opposite the city school, on “Ermou” street .
All other amenities can be found in Gythio town. (22Km drive).
Drive to the direction of Skoutari village meet the main road, turn right and continue driving till the end of the road. In front of you is a Greek orthodox church. Turn right with direction to Gythion Keep driving straight forward till you meet the main national road which connects Gythion town with Sparta city. Turn right to the direction of Gythio.
* National Bank of Greece
* Alpha Bank
* Emporiki Bank
* Piraeus Bank
* Ate Bank
Taverns and bars near and around the village:
Vassili’s (Thalami): Fish tavern At Ageranos village. Mainly open all day. Grilled fresh fish, fried small fishes, squid, octopus e.t.c. Grilled meat, and traditional Greek oven, Italian pastas etc.
Located at Ageranos village is a pleasant place to sit and have your lunch in front of the sea view.
Driving out of Kalivia, turn right with direction to Vathi/Kamares/Ageranos” . The road will lead you down to the sea level and driving with slow speed, you will meet on your right hand, an old stone built small bridge (be careful you don’t miss the spot). Turn to the right, (don’t use the bridge), just follow the road (avoid to turn right to Kamares/), Soon the road climbs up to a small hill. At the very top, of the hill the taverna is the first building to meet from the village, which climbs on your right hand slope.
George’s tavern: Located at "Drossopigi" village, at the upper spot of
a small mountain Open mainly at evening, A good inexpensive grilled food, some local dishes, eggs with “syglino” (Smoked pork or pork sausage with aromatic herbs such as thyme, or oregano, mint, e.t.c, stored in lard with orange peel), traditional Greek oven dishes, such as, mousaka, pastitsio stuffed vegetables etc.
Driving out of the village follow the direction to Skoutari village. When you meet the high way to “Areopolis/Gythion”, you turn right. Keep driving at low speed, observing for the sign to Drossopigi village, on the left hand side of the road. Turn left and soon after that, as soon as you meet the sign turn to the right following the sign, leading up to the mountain top at the main square of the village where you park your car.
Skoutari fish tavern (Kalamakia/): Located at the sand
beach of Skoutari village serves inexpensive fish they catch with their own boat, and Greek dishes. It is a nice place for having lunch after a bath in the crystal clear sea waters, of the Paganea gulf. It is as well recommended for an evening drink, or meal. Follow the road to Skoutari village out of Kalivia. Turn left at the first road you meet on your left hand side. Follow the sign to “Kalamakia” parking. Park your car and walk on foot to the direction of the beach.
Kotronas is a picturesque fishing port and small seaside resort on the edge of a bay. It is a lovely place by the sea, for a coffee or a drink. You even can have your dinner or lunch, at the fish tavern located on the main square of the village.
Drive straight ahead, out of Kalivia village. Follow the road without turning left or right, till you meet the
high way. Turn left, and keep follow the road which leads you to “Kotronas” village. Do not miss “Helias” tavern in Karvellas village. Every Saturday serves baby spit- roast pork. Try as well “Makarounes” and “Siglino” with eggs, which are both tradional dishes of “Mani”.
Drive straight ahead, out of Kalivia village. Follow the road without turning left or right, till you meet the national road (high way). Turn right with a direction to Gythion. At the end of this road, just in front of you the Saint Constantine’s Orthodox church. Turn to the right. just follow the road at low speed looking for sign to “Karvellas Panitsa” on your left hand side at a turn of the road.. Follow the road up to the village. You will meet the tavern a few meters before you turn right to meet the main village square,
where you can park your car. Walk on foot down, to the direction of the tavern
Fish Taverna “Takis” Limeni The Sunset
Driving down the slope of the mountain, “Limeni” suddenly appears inside a small cove with old stone houses hung on
the Rocky hillside with cypress. The side of the sea with its deep
blue colour is a unique landscape that you rarely meet elsewhere. The turquoise waters of the seashore are not salty, because they are coming through subterranean flows from the rocks. It does worth to watch the sunset from “Takis” tavern. The superb fresh fish at this small restaurant in Limeni, the port of Areopoli, draws locals from as far away as “Kalamata”, so be sure to make a reservation if you want a seaside table. This is not the place to eat if you are squeamish about seeing fish prepared a few feet away from where you are eating. On the other hand, the seafood here is so good that you may find yourself coming back for meal after meal while you are in Mani. The seafood's price is not cheap; be sure to ask for prices unless price is not an issue.
The lobster “diavalo” (lobster with spaghetti in a tangy sauce with green peppers) is among the
memorable "fancy" dishes, but a plain grilled fish is equally delicious.
Drive straight ahead out of Kalivia village. Follow the road without turning left or right, till you meet with the high way. Turn left with a direction to Gythion. At the end of this road, just in front of you the Saint Constantine’s Orthodox Church. Turn to the left to the direction of “Areopoli” Before entering the town turn right at he sign to “Limeni” on your right hand side. Keep driving down till the sea level, before the last lefte turn of the road, leave the main road turning to the left.
Gythio:taverna “Potis” : This is a good traditional taverna by the sea in Gythio. There you can find fresh fish, octopus, calamari, (squids), and other fish dishes.
Drive straight ahead, out of Kalivia village. Follow the road without turning left or right, till you meet with the high way. At the end of this road, just in front of you the Saint Constantine’s Orthodox church. Turn to the right. Keep driving till this road becomes quiet larger, with 2 lanes in each direction. Then drive slowly looking
after a sign on your right hand, with direction to Gythio. Gythio is signed with two different directions. The one indicates straight forward drive, while the other direction indicates turn to the right. Follow the first choice, driving straight forward. Entering the town of Gythio you continue driving down the road to the sea. Around the corner on the south side is the coastal road lined with fish taverns, which end by the small island called Kranai”. Just opposite the small island “Kranai” park your car, and enjoy your food at
In Gythio you can find a variety of restaurants and taverns along the walk of the coastal road.
“Areopolis” and mainly ¨Gythion” are the nearest towns where you can find a varity of bars and coffee
”Paralia Skoutariou” , is the nearest and most lovely sandy beach, just 4 minutes by car. It is there where “Kalamakia” fish tavern is located by the beach.”
Follow the road to Skoutari village out of Kalivia. Turn left at the first road you meet on your left hand side. Follow the sign to “Kalamakia” parking. Park your car and walk on foot to the direction of the beach.
”Praralia “Kamares”, is as well, close to the house, not more than 5 minutes by car, a sandy beach extended to 1.5Km long. Visiting that beach it is recommended that you chose its upper end in “Kamares” village. Driving out of Kalivia, turn right, down the road to the sea. Continue driving till you meet on your right hand side, the old stone Bridge. Turn right to the direction of the bridge. (Do not use the bridge). At the sign to “Kamares”, turn again right and follow this road till its end. Park your car and after swimming, you can choose between two local taverns for lunch.
Paralia “Vathy”, 8 minutes drive, is a sandy beach near by hotel “Belle Helene”. Turn right driving out of the village to the direction of “Vathy /Ageranos/Kamares”. Follow the road down to the sea, continue till you meet at your right hand side the old stone bridge, (do not use the bridge). Turn right and follow the road to “Ageranos” village (without turning right to Kamares village). Once past “Ageranos” village, keep driving down the road. At your right is now
“Belle Helene” hotel. Park your car, and pass through the hotel’s entrance to the beach.
”Paganea” seashore, is 2 to 3 minutes drive from the cottage. This is a small port for fish boats. Leaving the entrance of the villa turn left, following down the road.
At the first turn to the right. Keep driving down till you meet the sea. Beyond “Paganea” seashore, within a distance of 3 minutes drive, there are two more picturesque little gulfs, 5 minutes away from each other, very quiet and calm, out of the crowds, for only few admirers, ideal for those who seek tranquility and isolation.
Leaving the entrance of the villa turn left, following down the road. At the first roads cross keep driving straight ahead. Drive slowly since the road becomes narrow and difficult. Meeting the first choice to turn right drive till you meet the beach
”Petalea” beach: is located at “Mavrovouni bay”, is a sandy beach
organized with umbrellas, chaise long, coffee and bar service at the beach, and a restaurant for those how want to have lunch after swimming.
Drive straight ahead out of Kalivia village. Follow the road without turning left or right, till you meet with the high way. Turn right with a direction to Gythion. At the end of this road, just in front of you the Saint Constantine’s Orthodox Church. Turn to the right. Keep driving till this road becomes quiet larger, with 2 lanes in each direction. Then drive slowly looking after a sign with direction to Gythio. Gythio is signed with two different directions. The one indicates straight forward drive, while the other direction indicates
turn to the right. Follow the second choice, by turning right. Keep driving carefully since the road is an old one, and has quiet often turns right and left. When meeting the beginning of a straight road, turn right at the wooden sign indicating "Petalea”. (Be careful so you will not miss the turn off the road). Keep driving to the sandy
beach, where you park you car.
Useful Telephone numbers:
-Emergency Call 112
-Doctors SOS 1016
-Road assistance 10400 (ELPA)
-Taxi Grafakos 0030 6944534282
-Health Centre is located at Gythio town. Tel: 0030 27330 22001 / 3.
Leaving Kalivia village drive straight forward following the road (without turning right or left), till you meet the high way. Turn right with direction to Gythio. At the end of this road, just in front of you the Saint Constantine Orthodox Church, turn right. Keep following the signs to Gythio town.
-Sparta Hospital Tel 0030 27310 28671 / 5
Southern Mani peninsula
First stop Areopoli / (22Km south of Kalivia village) has an austere look and plenty of towers and churches. Its name (town of Ares, ancient God of war) was bestowed for its efforts in the war of independence. You can enjoy your coffee at the main square which is the centre of life in the town and a great place to watch people.
The town sights are plenty. Its narrow alleys and cobbled streets are a photographer’s dream and, being a historic town, there are a number of places worth visiting. (Kapetanakis tower, Mavromihalis Tower museum, (four storey tower), Church of Taxiarhon (17th century). Drive straight ahead out of Kalivia village. Follow the road without turning left or right, till you meet with
the high way. Turn left with a direction to Gythion. At the end of this road, just in front of you the Saint Constantine’s Orthodox Church.Turn to the left to the direction of “Areopoli” ????????).
Drive straight ahead out of Kalivia village. Follow the road without turning left or right, till you meet with the high way. Turn left with a direction to Gythion. At the end of this road, just in front of you the Saint Constantine’s Orthodox Church. Turn to the left to the direction of “Areopoli” .
Following the map out of Areopolis, on the road to Diros caves (7Km). (Tel: 0030 733052222). They are among the most important natural sites in Greece and with great archaeological significance. The tour inside the cave is done with small gondolas. Leaving the “Diros Caves”, drive
to “Gerolimenas” / (19Km) picturesque small coastal village at the southern end of the Mani Peninsula, ?he name, which means "Old Harbour", is thought to derive from the ancient (Ieros Limen), meaning "Sacred Harbour" One of the remotest settlements in the Peloponnese, with
pebbly beach, and fresh fish taverns. Do not miss to visit for a coffee, the hotel “Kirimai” which is the
result of restored old store buildings, used at old times to cover the transportation needs of the port.
Mystras and Sparta on Mountain Taygetos
the Byzantine city-state (59Km). Go on to the national road towards Gythion, then, Sparta and Mystras.
Mystras occupies a steep foothill on the northern slopes of Mt. Taygetos, 5Km NW of Sparti. The castle on the top of the hill was founded in 1249 by the Frankish leader Wiliam Villeharduin. The whole of Mystras is an open-air museum, a reminder of glorious era of power and culture.
“Taygetos” or “Pentadactylos” is the highest mountain in the Peloponnese, stretching between the river Evrotas - Megalopolis and Messinia. The top of a height of 2407 meters and is called “Prophet Helias”. It presents a wide variety of flora and fauna due to the large size with only 25 endemic species, while a passage for migratory birds. On the slopes of Taygetos are numerous small villages with great local colour and operates at an altitude mountain resort 1,600 meters.
Close to “Mystras” is “Trypi” village (4Km). Trypi is a small village of almost 300 inhabitants. Its main attraction is the steep ravine of "Kaiadas", where the Spartans were said to abandon their weak and deformed infants as well as the criminals, traitors and war prisoners. “Kaiadas” is a very scenic gorge and may result a bit frightening for those who are aware of this tradition.
You can find the Byzantine churches of “Agioi Theodoroi” and “Koimisi tis Theotokou” in “Trypi” as well as the abandoned monastery of “Agios “Ioannis Prodromos”. Have also in mind that Saint Nikon lived and taught in the rea and visit his cave.
Apart from historical attractions, “Trypi” is surrounded by beautiful scenery. It has many streams, among which we find the springs of “Karvasaras” and “Vasiloneri”. If you love nature, there are many hiking trails and a climbing park in the “Laggada gorge”.
”Trypi” also has some useful facilities. There are good restaurants with delicious local appetizers and traditional meals in moderate prices. It is recommended to experience Greek coffee prepared on the stove.
Oitylo Agios Nicolas
”Oitylo” is located 31Km from Kalivia and 11Km from Areopoli and it is the hub transport of the area. It is a traditional village with long history, situated on the place of the ancient city as mentioned by Homer. The church of Saint George and the Monastery of Dekoulon with frescoes since the 18th century are worth a visit.
Drive straight ahead out of Kalivia village. Follow the road without turning left or right, till you meet with the high way. Turn left with a direction to Gythion. At the end of this road, just in front of you the Saint Constantine’s Orthodox Church. Turn to the left to the direction of “Areopoli” . Before entering the town turn right at he sign to “Limeni” on your right hand side. Keep driving down, following the road, and then up to the hill.
South of “Stoupa”on the coast is the picturesque fishing village of “Agios Nikolaos” / (4Km from Stoupa) still often called by its older Slavic name, “Selinitsa”. There are three exits off the main road to the coastal road that links Selinitsa to and “Trahila”. Alternatively, there is a gentle coastal path from Stoupa which takes less than an hour on foot (see the maps of both villages, where the walk starts and finishes – you cannot get lost in between). Life is centred on the harbour- a great place to sit, eat and drink while watching the boats
coming and going. In the summer the road is closed to vehicles, as taverns make use of the space to put tables and chairs right on the water’s edge. The beach is roughly a kilometre further south; about a 10-15 minute walk.
To reach the place, just follow the direction to “Areopoli” - “Limeni” - “Itilo” - “Agios Nikolaos”, then Stoupa.
Simos famous beach
“ELAFONISSOS” is a very small island, just 19 square km on the southern eastern Tip of Peloponnese.
The distance from the mainland is a mere 570 meters of crystal clear water on top of thin white sand. (22 nautical miles, form (GYTHIO”). There is a boat sailing to the island three times a week from the port of Gythio.
“KITHIRA” island in a distance of 35 k m from “GYTHION”. The same boat sailing from Gythio to Elafonissos reach the port of Kythira three times a week from the port of “Gythion”.
Cythera , also transliterated Kythera, Kythira,
Kithira. The Italian Cerigo can be used in speaking of late medieval and early modern Cythera.) is an island in Greece, once part of the
Ionian Islands. It lies opposite the South-eastern tip of the
Peloponnese peninsula. In Ancient Greek mythology, Kythira was considered to be the island of celestial Aphrodite, the Goddess of love, (cf. Cyprus, the island of Astarte, the Goddess of Love).
Since the late 20th century, the Kythirean economy has largely focused on tourism, and in the process, has become dependent this provides the majority of the island’s income, despite the fact that Kythira is not one of the most popular tourist destinations in Greece. The popular season usually begins with the Greek holiday of Pentecost at the end of May, and lasts until the middle of September. During this time, primarily during August, the island's population will often triple due to the tourists and natives returning for vacation. The largest villages are Potamos, Agia Pelagia, Chora (The capital of the island), Ano livadi, Kalamos, and Livadi
Practical remarks and information to make your stay more comfortable and safe
Welcoming you at the house we wish you a pleasant stay. In the meantime we would like to remind you that you now live in the country side, and some precautions could help you avoid unlikely events or accidents. It is suggested that, strolling or using the garden, care should be taken for any possible existence of snakes, insects, e.t.c. When you leave your room, it is better that you close the doors, for the unlike event that a snake or insect creep in the house.
The swimming pool is not deep enough, for plunging or diving which could cause an accident.
Since the swimming pool has no fence, it is suggested, children and old aged people to be closely attended.