Kardamili - Info for Travellers
Flights from Athens to Kalamata and back
Aegean Airlines: from March until October
Athens - Kalamata:
Flight No: A3454
Departure: Every day at 14:00 from 14th March to 1st May - Arrival: 14:45
Departure: Every day at 15:00 from 2nd May and on - Arrival: 15:45
Kalamata - Athens:
Flight No: A3455
Departure: Every day at 15:15 from 14th March to 1st May - Arrival: 16:00
Departure: Every day at 16:15 from 2nd May and on - Arrival: 17:00
See bellow our location on Google Maps.
You can type your start point bellow the map and get directions also!
Here is all the information needed to travel on your own:
Car and ferryboat:
Take the ferry from Ancona, Venice or Triest to Patras. Drive from Patra by car towards
Pyrgos Elias, then Zacharo and Kyparissia. Shortly before Kyparissia turn left towards Kalamata.
In Kalamata, follow directions below. Driving time is approximately 3.5 hours.
Today, the best option is to fly to Athens or Kalamata. From Athens you can take the bus (about 5 hours),
a rental car, a taxi or a group-taxi to get here (about 3.5 hours to Mani.)
When you arrive in Kalamata: about 1 hour
Bus: from Athens: take the airport shuttle which leaves every 30 minutes for the "Kifissou" bus station that serves all the Peloponnese destinations. From there, buses leave regularly about every 1.5 hour for Kalamata.
From Kalamata buses to the Mani are not very frequent - (a taxi hire will cost about 35 €)
Departure times: at 14:00 there is a direct bus from Athens (Kifissou bus station) to Itilo.
Ask to disembark at the school of Kardamili, and find Katerina's Sudios right around the corner!
Telefone information Busstation Kalamata (KTEL Kalamatas): +30 27210/28581
direct Bus from Athens to Itilo (Mani) 14.00
some Bus departures from Athens to Kalamata 11.30, 13.00, 15.30, 16.30, 17.30, 19.00 etc.
By car from Athens:
From the airport take the "Attiki Odos" to Elefsina (the ring road bypassing Athens !!!), and then stay
on the highway to Corinth, Tripoli. where it ends. It will take about 2 hours.
From Tripoli: the road continues through the mountains. You will reach us in about another 2,5 hours.
(1.5 hours to Kalamata, then 1 hour to the Mani and us).
In Kalamata: About 3 km before Kalamata, a four lane highway will take you into the city where you will come to a intersection with a stoplight. Follow the signs to Kardamili, Stoupa, Areopolis. Soon you will be moving along a coastal road called Navarinou Street.
Continue driving along the coast leaving Kalamata behind. After about 3 km, you will see the "Messinian Bay" hotel on your right. This is where the road splits. Head towards the sign at the intersection and go left on a winding road through the hills, towards Kardamili, Stoupa, Areopolis.
Driving time from Kalamata to us is approximately one hour.
Kardamili (Greek: Καρδαμύλη, variously transliterated as Kardamyle, Cardamyle, Kardhamili, and Kardamili) is a town by the sea and thirty-five kilometers from Kalamata. It is the seat of the municipality of Lefktro in the region of Mani.
In the Iliad (Book 9), Homer cites Kardamyli as one of the seven cities offered by Agamemnon to Achilles as a condition to rejoin the fight during the Trojan War. The village preserves its ancient name.
The area is filled with beaches: the Kalamitsi, the Ritsa, the Chalikia, the Salios, and the Neo Proastio. The older town includes a mediaeval castle and outworks, and the imposing church of Saint Spyridon. The skyline of Kardamyli, like many other Maniot towns and villages, is dominated by the distinctive regional architectural of the various towers built by scions of the Nikliani clans, the mediaeval aristocracy of the Mani.
Kardamyli is the departure point of many mountain trails, some of which lead to the peak of Mount Taygetus. Nearby is the Viros Gorge, with a total length of 20 km. Further afield, one may visit Itilos, Areopoli and the Diros caverns.