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As the road down the coast of Mani sweeps southwards, the land becomes more unique, arid, stony. The Municipality of Oitilo (Western Mani) lies in the heart of Mani and comprises three smaller municipalities and seven communities. It is one of the southernmost municipalities in Europe boasting a wild beauty, full of stone, prickly pair bushes, towers and tower-houses, mystery and history.
The unusually picturesque Aeropolis, the leading village with its paved labyrinthine alleys, is the Gateway to Mani and the commercial centre of the region, with all the public services, and well worth a visit. Oitilo is a prideful village built on the site of an ancient city -mentioned by Homer- and ahead of scattered picturesque fishing villages along the bay of Oitilo - Limeni. The town was a harbour during the Byzantine period and was a leading Maniate centre in the 17th and 18th centuries.
There are numerous Byzantine churches in the area -some of whom have undergone restoration- and in the sandstone cliffs below there are a number of caves.
The rarely beautiful village of Vatheia is a traditional residential district of Mani full of castles and tower-houses, some of which have been restored and are used as inns.
Visitors can eat at the restaurants in the square of Areopoli and the fist tavernas at Limeni and at Gerolimenas, and discover many more scattered around the area.
The towers and tower houses, precipitous places, enchanting beaches and the distinctive combination of the striking and the beautiful in the area, attract Greek but mainly foreign visitors.
The famous caves of Alepotrypa, Katafygi and Glyfada are here with human remains and Neolithic fossils.
The climate is mostly dry with pleasant breezes at dawn, favouring a rare flora of aromatic herbs and low trees. The combination aroma of the sea, mountain sage and thyme fills the air.
A fascinating landscape of unique beauty, ideal for sightseeing, for quiet and relaxing vacation. Byzantine and Frank forts, traditional stone castles and tower-houses, the famous Dyros caves, they all form a pole of attraction through the year.