Gythion Attractions


Gythio, has been characterized from the Greek Ministry of Culture as a historic place and a city of exceptional beauty.

This picturesque small port, attracts the visitor with the neoclassical buildings, the small fishing boats, and the clear blue water of Laconic Golf that surrounds it.

Located in the heart of Gythio, YeeOn embraces a prime position at the center of this charming coastal town. With its strategic location, the hotel offers a unique blend of convenience and immersion into Gythio’s vibrant atmosphere. Guests can relish the bustling city life just moments away from their doorstep, experiencing the rich culture, local flavors and historical landmarks that the town has to offer.

Kranai Island

Τhe tiny island of Kranai is nowadays connected with Gythio by a causeway. You can visit the beautiful Tzanetakis Tower, which was built in 1829 and houses the Historic and Ethnological Museum, the Kranai lighthouse built from marble, and an enchanting little white chapel dedicated to St. Peter, which is favored by many couples to use on their weddings due to its beautiful views of the city of Gythio and its picturesque location.

The island’s other name “Marathonisi” translates to ‘fennel-island’ as the herb grows in quantities on the islet which is also covered by a pine forest. It is an ideal place for beautiful photos and walks overlooking the amphitheatrically built city of Gythio with its neoclassical buildings.

According to the legend, when Paris of Troy abducted Helen from Sparta, they spent their first night in Cranae, before returning to Troy. The name Kranai is linked to this legend, as Paris forgot there his helmet (kranos in Greek) when they left in a hurry. Kranai has been characterized as an archeological site by the Ministry of Culture.

Ancient Theatre

In the Northern part of Gythio, near Paleopolis and close to the present army barracks, the ancient theatre is situated. According to the myth, Hercules and Apollo built it together. It was renovated during the Roman era. During summer theatrical plays take place there. You can also see the foundations of the first stage wall dated back to the early AC years. Southeast of the theatre there was an ancient agora. Above the theatre, on the top of the 50m hill Acropolis was situated. Today the ruins of its walls are distinguishable. There you can also visit the Temple of Athena, the Gates of Castorides and a bridge, the leftovers of which are still preserved.

Cultural Centre of Gythio

The Centre of Information and Interpretation of Eastern Mani is housed in the Old Girls’ School which was and remains an integral part of the life of the city’s residents. It is considered to be the work of the Bavarian, with Greek citizenship, architect and engineer, Ernst Ziller. It has been designated by the Ministry of Culture as a Historical Preserved Monument.

The Culture Center is a modern city museum, which talks about Mani, its history and its people. It is a collective project that reflects the love of the people of Mani for their place and their cultural heritage. The mission of the Culture Center is to inform visitors about the unique identity of the area and to interpret the special character of Mani.

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