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My boyfriend, Paul and I have just returned from the wonderful hotel.
After seeing a write up in the Saturday Times we decided it sounded like just the thing we were looking for. Traditional, authentic Greek experience away from the usual hordes or tourists and...More
Our trip to Greece’s Peloponnese included three nights on the Mani Peninsula. We chose Citta dei Nicliani for our lodging, a small (six room) boutique hotel, the origins of which date from 1750, in the small village of Kitta. The ambiance is wonderful as we...More
Panagiotis and his family did a marvellous job in restauring this ancient Mani complex and turning it into a beautiful hotel. The feat is truly exceptional if you consider how many ancient Mani towers are falling apart and how many new buildings are being built...More
Beautiful place with lovely owner Tanya and her son. Very interesting, intellegent people who were great to chat to. A lot of careful thought has gone into the interior design side of things, but maybe a few pracital things could be better. No where to...More
This is honestly one of my favourite hotels in the world. Whenever we have a Mani holiday, this hotel has to feature in our trip. Illias, Tanya and Panos always welcome us long lost friends (you always tell us that your cousin looks like my...More
C dei N is in Koita, which also has a small "supermarket" and that's it. It is not on the coast so no beach to walk to. As far as I know, there are no hikes originating in Koita itself. We had a car, which is certainly... More
C dei N is in Koita, which also has a small "supermarket" and that's it. It is not on the coast so no beach to walk to. As far as I know, there are no hikes originating in Koita itself. We had a car, which is certainly easiest for the Peloponnese. There is a bus stop on the main road passing through Koita and I did see locals waiting there. You should write to the owners of C dei N about staying without a car; they will advise you. The guidebook I have with the most bus information is Lonely Planet. It describes where you must change buses to go from Athens to different parts of the Pelop, as well as bus info for some parts of the Mani. You may want to get some topo maps to find a base (with a beach?) that has many walks originating. Also, you can probably arrange taxis to take you to a point where you want to spend the day.
An example of a place with hikes originating from it is Kardamyli, including short hike from old Kardamyli to Agia Sophia church, longer tougher loop through the Vyros gorge, long loop through Exochori, etc. It is closer to Kalamata (which has an airport), has lots of accomodation and lots of restaurants. Other towns in that stretch with beaches and facilities are Stoupa and Agios Nikolaos. We stayed in an isolated spot between Kardamyli and Stoupa, between two beaches Foneas and Delphini, neither of which is very safely accessible walking on the main road but there would likely be a bus (or taxi).
Examples of beaches in the vicinity of Koita that we went to: beach north of Diros Caves but reached through Charia on switchback road through olive groves, beaches at Mezapos, beach at Cape Tenaro. There is a nice looking beach at Marmari that we did not go to. We drove through Gerolimenas which looked like a nice little town; there are several hotels and restaurants and it is on the water - a possible base. Vathia, which is an interesting site, is about 15 km from there (likely there is a bus through it) and Cape Tenaro another 15 or so. Don't know if bus would go all the way to Cape T or what the frequency of any of these buses would be. There look to be many hikes between Marmari and Cape T. Also could hike from Vathia to some of the other tower ruins in the area.
I hope this helps but best to consult the Citta dei Nicliani owners, who are very helpful. Regarding Athens, you don't want a car! Easy to walk to many sites and tram or metro for others. Metro easy for both airport and port of Piraeus. In Athens, Psyrri is a wonderful neighbourhood to stay, even if it looks sketchy!