The quiet village of Skoutari is 18 km south of Gythio
, on the east coast of Mani. 500 meters way from the village there is a very long beach which is divided into three by sea cliffs, thus forming the beaches of Kalamakia, Skoutari and Agia Varvara. All the beaches are mainly sandy with some pebbles here and there, and sheltered from wind due to the location - Skoutari is set in a deep bay. Sunbeds and parasols are available in summer and offered by the beach tavernas.
Agia Varvara beach bears the name of a church with the same name, located right on the sand and in front of the sea. The church dates back to 10 century and until 2012 it was open for visitors in its original outlook but now it is being restored. Compared to the old photos prior 2012, the church looks very different now and the appearance is much of a modern church on the beach (we visited it in 2015). The entrance from the sea is closed and the only access to the church is from the other side. In the summer there is an operating fish taverna with tables on the sand.
highlights: three sandy beaches and old church, village in Mani Region, Peloponnese, Greece