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Mani: the New Côte d'Azur – pristine, unspoilt View the video »

Pristine panoramas

The Mani is a spectacular region located in the Messinian Peloponnese. This coast of southern Greece is defined by travel connoisseurs as the New Côte d'Azur, and the validity of this comparison assumes form and substance when you set eyes on the magnificent and pristine panoramas of the Mani. Set dramatically against a backdrop of crystalline aqua-blue waters and distant snowcapped mountains, this stunning area overlooks the calm seas and splendid sunsets of the Messinian Gulf. 3 hours and 30 minutes' drive from either the capital of Athens or the port of Patras, and just 35 km from the nearby city of Kalamata, it remains exclusive, remote and unspoilt – a region of exceptional light, grace and grandeur, with vistas that are retrospective and spacious.

A new and ideal destination

The Mani is a favourite summer haunt of yachters and trend-setters who are into new and undiscovered European holiday destinations, as well as a permanent cultural and social hub for foreigners from all corners of the globe who enjoy holiday homes in the area. This extended international community does include some renowned actors, artists, dancers, musicians, philosophers, scientists and writers, but the general atmosphere is very laid-back and low-key. Visitors come for romantic week-end breaks, friendly get-togethers, and memorable family/group vacations. Inspiring, unique and welcoming, the Mani is both an ideal place for holidays and a special retreat for long relaxing spells.