Mani tour: The gates of Hades

Mani, Greece

historistai

Stops

6

Stories

20

Distance

35km

Duration

1h50min

Audio

Description

Mani: The gates of Hades Tour is a fascinating self-guided audio tour in the southern Mani were it was once believed to be the entrance point to Hades. Discover credible and original stories written by top local professionals after extended research. Take your tour now and enjoy it instantly on your smartphone device.

The tour takes you to the southern part of Mani, a region related to the underworld. According to the ancient belief, Cape Tainaro (at the end of the Mani peninsula) was the entrance point to Hades. The area’s geophysical topography, the arid landscape and the imposingness of the rocky cliffs contribute to the myth and create the appropriate scenery.

Tigani Castle may or may not be the famous castle of Megali Maini, the famous Frankish fortification that helped the Franks control large parts of the Peloponnese. What really impresses the visitor is the large number of cisterns. According to tradition there were 365 of them, one for each day of the year. Kita is well-known as a village-fortress where the first war towers appeared in an effort to protect the local lords and the population from the marauding Turks. Killing for honor was an integral part of Mani’s daily routine, especially in Kιta but there were strict rules about which homicide was acceptable, proving that in this rugged part of Mani even murderers lived by the rules. The settlement of Vathia somehow managed to lose all of its inhabitants as a result of the isolation and the inaccessibility of the place, in addition with the “vendettas” and the assassinations of the male inhabitants.

Τhe tour ends at the temple of Poseidon in Cape Tainaro. According to the ancient tradition, this was the entrance to Hades. Poseidon was worshiped as the god of the underworld and not of the sea, while with the advent of Christianity the temple was rededicated to Archangel Michael, who took over the job of escorting the souls of the Christians to the underworld.

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By clicking "Add to cart", you are purchasing this tour in English. This tour is also available in the following languages: Ελληνικά.

Highlights

  • Pan Castle

    1. Pan Castle

    A strip of land protruding towards the sea for 1,700m creates a pan-shaped peninsula. The natural fortifications of the site were reinforced by the Byzantines during the reign of Emperor Justinian.
  • Commercial Gerolimenas

    2. Commercial Gerolimenas

    In spite of the shelter it could offer to seafarers, the bay of Gerolimenas, on the eastern side of "Kavo Grosso", remained uninhabited and untapped until the 19th century.
  • The bay of Porto Cayo

    3. The bay of Porto Cayo

    Porto Cayo took its name from the flocks of quails (Port aux Cailles) that stopped here before migrating to warmer climates.

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Details

Starting point Pan Castle, Tigani, Itilo
Finishing point Lighthouse Tenaro, East Mani
Areas South Mani, Gerolimenas, Porto Kagio, Cape Tenaro
Opening hours Anytime

Why take a self-guided tour?

This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.

You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.

After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.