Areópoli The Essential
Areópoli, capital of the Máni Peninsula, is a good base from which to explore the surrounding area for a day or two. Cross the modern square where the buses pull in, and lose yourself in the streets of the old town that wind past towers and old stone houses with red-tiled roofs. Once past Darkakou Square with its traditional shops (bakeries), you will be able to spot the Church of the Taxiarches, thanks to its tall, detached bell tower. Its outside walls are adorned with sculpted marble plaques.