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Gytheion - Gythion


Greece Travel Guide|Places to visit

Located in the southern Peloponnese in the prefecture of Laconia.

Gytheion is built at the foot of Mount Akoumaros, bordering the Gulf of Laconia. It is the second largest city of Laconia at Sparta and is the "capital" of Mani. It has a picturesque harbor and a pier joins the green island Kranai or Marathonisi.

The weather in winter is very mild at South Peloponnese. As for the suggested time to visit this for is all seasons. Perhaps summer is better because is tourist season and everything work.

The city of antiquity called Gytheion but the years of Ottoman rule became Marathonisi. After the revolution regained its ancient name. According to legend in this place they found refuge in Paris before leaving Helen to Troy. According to Pausanias, the city founded by Apollo with Hercules as a sign of reconciliation after a big fight they had on the occasion of a Delphic tripod which was stolen by Hercules. In ancient times and particularly during the Roman occupation, the city developed into a major commercial center forming the center of a federation Spartans cities. During the revolution of 1821 the Grigorakis who were members of the Friendly Society, hoisted the flag of the revolution on March 23, 1821 in the Tower (Tower Tzannimpei) in Marathonisi. And since they forgot to download! Today the city has been listed, which helps to keep unchanged its traditional character with the salvaged neoclassical buildings.

The Tower of Marathonissi Tzannimpei is the Historical and Ethnological Museum of Mani where we see the story through the Mani manuscripts, maps, tables, etc. The museum is open daily 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 pm If the door is closed look at the ground floor. Somewhere there is a guard to open up to you.
other attractions

The city is full of beautifully restored and preserved neoclassical buildings. Singles in the City Hall Square and the hotel "Actaio" declared by the Ministry as a monument of exceptional beauty. Also in Marathonisi is a lighthouse built in the 19th century overlooking the sea.
The city is a great base to discover the beauty of Mani. Take your car and head south across the middle coast of the Peloponnese peninsula. Make a stop at the castle of Vathia and browse internally to feel moved to another old age. Continue for Gerolimena where you will see the imposing promontory of Cape Grosso sinking abruptly and disappears into the sea. If you have time visit the hotel "Kyrimai" belonging to "Historic Hotels of Europe" (see you soon understand why). Continue by road to Areopoli a small detour to the caves of Diros. Do not miss a boat tour inside. End up in Areopolis, the city where the revolution began in 1821 and see where the church stood the banner