The town of Gythio is located in the north-east part of Mani and belongs to Lower Mani division. It is the largest town of the region and has a big port.
Gythio strikes with the neo-classical architecture which is unlike the other places of the area. It reminds more of the old Nafplio, Corfu
town and Ermoupoli. The promenade is long and full of tavernas and cafe which get very lively, especially at night. The small islet of Kranai in the bay of Gythio is connected to the town via causeway and it is a great place for walks. On Kranai you can see the Tower of Tzanetakis which used to protect Gythio from invaders in the past but today it hosts a museum.
There are no beaches in Gythio itself but near the town there are a couple of large sandy beaches - Mavrovouni
to the south and Selinitsa and Valtaki
to the north.