Kardamili is a seaside village set on a jewel-toned bay. The historic centre is a maze of cobbled streets lined with stone houses and centuries-old churches. Head to the coast to bask on Mediterranean beaches framed by olive groves, cypress forests and soaring sea cliffs. Upmarket boutiques, bars and waterfront restaurants make Kardamili popular with well-heeled holidaymakers.
Things to do in Kardamyli
Exploring the Kardamili village centre feels like stepping into a postcard. Get lost in a labyrinth of cobblestone streets, alleys and squares lined with ancient stone houses. Flowers spill over balconies and bright-pink bougainvillea vines climb the walls. You’ll find a mix of cafes and tavernas clustered around the main plaza, which is shaded by trees and framed by beautiful historic buildings, including a centuries-old stone church.
Stroll to the village beach to rent a sunbed and swim in the calm, crystalline water. It’s known as Ritsa and features a mile-long stretch of pebble sand. From the water, you’ll get incredible views of the village and the snow-capped Taygetus Mountains in the distance. Crescent-shaped Kalamitsi is a short stroll from the village and has an off-the-beaten-track feel. Bask on the sand and read a book under the shade of cypress trees.
From colourful beaded jewellery to hand-painted ceramics, Kardamili is an excellent place to shop for souvenirs. You’ll love browsing the local boutiques and chatting to the owners. Many shops will tempt you with edible gifts like orange blossom honey, Kalamata olives and marinated artichokes.
Spend the afternoon exploring Mourtzinos Castle. The 17th-century stronghold has been reimagined as a museum where you can learn about the unique history of Kardamili and the Mani Peninsula. Climb up the tower for sweeping views over the village and the sparkling Mediterranean Sea.
Getting around Kardamyli
Kardamili is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. Rental cars offer the freedom to explore the Mani Peninsula at your own pace. The village is a one-hour drive from Kalamata and Kalamata International Airport.