The name Areopolis comes from Ares, the God of War, but actually these days it’s really flowery and pretty. It’s a beautiful time of year to visit. Very few tourists, lots of flowers.
Around 1000 people live in Areopolis, the main town of Mani in the south Pelopennese. It’s said to be one of the prettiest cobbled-street villages in Greece. Nearly 200 years ago it was also the town where the Greek War of Independence began on 17 March 1821.
Many of the old fortified houses remain. Some are now cafés and hotels.
We camped in the Bay of Diros, a 4km walk over the hill through olive trees, along a footpath and narrow road from Aeropolis. We’d be mighty fit if we had to trek 8km every day to get wifi!
You might see where we were: Katie’s left some coloured stones for the next visitor.