Walking Holidays in Greece - Peloponnese - Greece - Chapels & Kardamili

Holiday Highlights
  • A natural beauty steeped in ancient history with fascinating relics of a bygone era
  • Walk in the foothills of the towering Taygetos Mountains (rising to 1000m)
  • Immerse yourself in the traditional lifestyle and sample the exquisite local Kalamata olives

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The Peloponnese is divided from the Greek mainland by that magnificent engineering feat, the Corinth Canal, and consists of three spindly fingers, the middle of which is known as the Mani peninsula. The Peloponnese covers an area of land roughly the size of Wales. Our walking takes place in the Exo Mani (Outer Mani) and is centred around the bohemian coastal village of Kardamili, some 22 miles south of Kalamata. This is a region little affected by tourism and still heavily reliant on agriculture for its main source of income, especially the renowned Kalamata olives. The Mani is a green and lush area due to its heavy rains in January and February. The area has small mountain villages each with their own character, all with Greek Orthodox churches and chapels generally open for you to explore. They are especially noted for their exquisite frescos on the walls and ceilings. There are picturesque small fishing villages all along the coast with whitewashed houses clusteredWalking in Kardamili, Greece around harbours full of fishing boats. The scenery is stunning in an area of outstanding natural beauty steeped in ancient history with fascinating relics of a bygone era.

The Walking

Most of the walking is on good well-marked footpaths, often following the kaldaremi (ancient cobbled mule tracks). You will walk in the foothills of the towering Taygetos Mountains (rising to 1000m) passing through small mountain villages or along coastal paths.

Self-Guided Walks

The walks range from a gentle amble of 3½ miles right through to a more demanding day hike of 12 miles. The average route is around 8 miles, 5 hours walking but allow 6-7 hours to finely appreciate the Byzantine architecture all around. Ascents/descents vary but are mostly up to 400-600m. Walks start from Kardamili, or you use the excellent local bus service to get to the start or finish of some of the trailheads. We provide you with local walking maps bus times and our detailed self-guided walk booklet of walks catering for all abilities.


Walk Grading

Guided - Moderate

Self-Guided - Easy, Moderate & Challenging

This map is for illustration purposes only and we cannot be held responsible for its accuracy.

Vardia Apartment-Hotel

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This hotel was opened by the current owners and managers in 1995. They are from Kardamili originally but spent a number of years in Australia so English is not a problem. The hotel has commanding views over Kardamili and the sea beyond.

A  Greek breakfast is served in the dining room or on the terrace. For dinner you are free to choose from all the many restaurants and tavernas in Kardamili, a 15 minute walk across fields. 

The rooms all have free Wi-Fi access, a private bathroom with a hairdryer, TV, safe, air conditioning and some rooms have their own private balcony. 


Esperides Apartment Hotel - 3 Star

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This pension run by Greek/Canadian Nadia is also well-established in the south end of Kardamili. On the ground floor there is a bar and lounge. Breakfast can be taken in the garden. Please note this hotel is B&B only but dinner can be taken in one of the many village restaurants.

The rooms have a private bathroom with a TV, air confitioning and private balcony.


Availability Information

The walking season is generally best during April to June and September to November. During April the spring flowers are prolific with the area particularly renowned for its many varieties of orchids. Quite often there are still vestiges of snow on the tops of the mountains until early May. July and August are too hot for walking and then the second spring starts again in September.

Please note our best to go information is generally referring to the walking which may fall in the early or late season in some places. This may mean that not all tourist facilities will be open at the time you visit. 

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