I fell in love with Kardamyli when I saw it in a Greek TV series and the last five years I lived with the dream of visiting it. «Are you sure? », my boyfriend asked me. «Kardamyli is part of Mani, a place that only a “Game of Thrones” fan would appreciate at most. And you are not a fan of “Game of Thrones”.
He was right. Medieval scenery was not my cup of tea; nevertheless, the physical landscapes of Kardamyli and Mani in general, were simply breathtaking. Emerald waters, pebble beaches, a place of a unique beauty.
“You can have your castles, I can have my waters” I said, and so, here we are in the car, driving the uphill and downhill road over the mountain Taygetos. A road trip full of bends, but really enjoyable, full of olive trees and pines. We could really smell the oregano and the thyme in the air listening to the song of cicadas....
Kardamyli is a typical village of Mani, located on the shore of Messinian Gulf, 35 km southeast of Kalamata. Anyone first sees Kardamyli gets excited as the scenery revealing its beauty –stone houses and emerald sea- and totally understands why Agamemnon offered this settlement to Achilles trying to persuade him rejoin the fight against Trojans (mentioned by Homer in Iliad).