Gythion, Greece

Gythion, Greece

Beautifully perched on the Mani peninsula, Gythion was once the gateway to ancient Sparta and an integral seaport, until an earthquake destroyed most of the town in the 4th century. Only a Roman amphitheater remains as a reminder from the past, as Gythion has re-established itself over the centuries as a now popular destination for cruises, since it still retains much of the charms and traditions of a Grecian town. Fishing boats dot the harbor, and pastel-colored houses start at the ocean’s edge and climb their way up, as if they were built right into the mountainside. There are also many restaurants, ouzeries, and shops that line the waterfront, where you can buy local products like olive oil, figs, and oranges, and enjoy freshly caught seafood.

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