Greece: Flowery Areopolis

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By Jen

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.

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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.

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Many of the old fortified houses remain. Some are now cafés and hotels.

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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!

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You might see where we were: Katie’s left some coloured stones for the next visitor.

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