Stavri is a small and quite village in Mani, Peloponnese
. It is in the middle of a flat land near Tigani peninsula. From long distance it looks like a small medieval castle town hidden between trees and small hills. When approached, it turns out to be a neighborhood of a few dozen stone tower houses built in characteristic Maniot style. The houses are narrow and tall like towers, rectangular in shape, with small windows and doors - almost like fortresses.
Although small in size, Stavri is well maintained. There are signposts, the alleys are paved with stone and most of the houses are either repaired or completely renovated. Some of the towers are used as summer holiday homes, where others are rented out. In the village is situated the Tsitsiris Castle complex which is one of the most famous hotels in the area.
There is one tavern (restaurant) which works only during the season and serves traditional Greek cuisine. The closest beaches are in Mezapos
(3.5 km away) and in Gerolimenas
(8km away). Most of the village visitors come here to spend quite and relaxing holiday. Passers by are often hikers going to Tigania peninsula or exploring the area, the nature and the many scattered small churches.