The village of Vathia is present on almost all photos of Mani. Moreover, it has become something like a symbol of the peninsula with its stone houses and towers like small bastions. In reality, there are many villages like this on Mani but Vathia is the most preferred for photos, maybe because of its location. The village is built on a high hill above the sea and the roads is winding around it, allowing panoramic photos of the entire village.
At first look Vathia looks abandoned. Many of the houses are empty, other are ruined. Others however have been restored very well or built in the same style so they look alike. You can walk into the abandoned houses and take a look - it is interesting but the feeling between these empty walls and creaking doors in the perfect silence around is a bit eerie. In Vathia is a guesthouse and a restaurant on the main road but no other facilities are available.