Areopoli (meaning ”the town of Ares” and often irregularly pronounced as Aeropoli) is one of the larger settlements of Inner Mani and one of the most visited by tourists. Areopoli is built on the top of a hill above the sea and its picturesque port called Limeni is 4 km below. It offers many facilities for tourists like traditional hotels and guest houses, tavernas, cafes, mini-markets and pastry shops.
The central (old) part of Areopoli has a small square and all tavernas and shops are scattered around it. All buildings in this part are in the traditional Maniot-style with stone walls and towers everywhere. It is car-free and cars are left at the large municipal parking next to the main road. At the square a monument of Petros Mavromichalis rises up - the last Bey of Mani who organized revolts against the Turks. The Greek War of Independence against the Turk was declared right here, again with the participation of Mavromichalis. His presence is felt in the whole area and you will notice there are many restaurants and hotels with the name Petros or Mavromichalis. Another interesting thing you will see while walking in the alleys of Areopoli is the old church with the big belfry and the private war museum of a guesthouse.
highlights: the town of Ares, village in Mani Region, Peloponnese, Greece