Culture of the Mani

“Cultural experience” in the Mani means to discover old and new treasures from a traditional region of Greece, with a rich heritage represented by its history, its landscape and the originality of its people.

Traditional cultural sights of Mani are several Frank, Venetian and medieval fortresses, Byzantine churches, the typical architecture of the tower-houses and the famous caves of Pyrgos Dirou.

But the centuries-old culture of olive cultivation is alive here. During the hiking and olive harvest seminars of Mani Sonnenlink, visits to the premises of family enterprise Bläuel are organized as well as tours in the traditional olive groves and villages. Through these seminars our guests get to know the original life of Mani’s small farmers and experience first-hand the path leading from the olive tree to the “green gold” of Mani.

A cultural highlight in the Southern Peloponnese is “Mani Sonnenlink Summer Music Festival”, held every year during the summer months. Here the Mani locals together with Athenians and tourists from around the world meet in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, entertained by sparkling violinist Burgi Bläuel and lots of well-known, world famous musicians. Encouraged by the consistent cultural events in Mani Sonnenlink, a lively music culture has developed in the Mani in recent years, spontaneously spreading all over the area and enjoyable even in the traditional taverns now.