Starting from Taleton and at a distance of 33 km we find Gytheio, a beautiful state with island color, stretching amphitheatrically along the coastal zone with taverns, restaurants and cafes.
The imposing two-storey and three-storey neoclassical buildings, which bear witness to the glamour of the past, the traditional houses, the picturesque staircases and the beautiful churches, the port with the lively marble waterfront, the caiques and the fishing boats compose a A separate residential ensemble.
The ancient Gytheion was the Spartan Naval Station, and it flourished during the Roman times, when it belonged to the community of Eleftherolakon and became the main export center of Laconia.
From the late 18th century. Gytheio, which during the Ottoman domination was called Marathonisi, evolved into the political center of Mani, while during the revolution there was a base of the Greek fleet. In the late 19th and early 20th century. Gythio has experienced an economic and cultural boom.
The port of Gythion, where cruise ships are often docked, is connected to Kythira, Antikythera and the Kissamos of Chania.
Do not forget to visit Kranai the verdant islet of Gythio which in 1898 was joined by land with technical platform.
The most popular beach of Gytheio is Mavrovouni, which is located about 2 kilometres south of the city. The beach of Mavrovouni extends for more than 6 kilometres and is the largest around the wider area of Gytheio. It is sandy with small pebbles.
In summer the beach comes alive in summer, but thanks to its size you will never find it overcrowded. The perfect time for windsurfing is in the afternoon because the wind blows more intensely.
The beach has been awarded with a blue flag, which proves the cleanliness of its waters. Moreover, it offers a suitable environment for the Caretta-Caretta sea turtles, endangered species, to lay their eggs. Their nests are protected by Archelon, a Greek company for the protection of the sea turtle.
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