West Mani is the outbest destination for hiking
West Mani offers some of the most stunning and dramatic mountain scenery anywhere in Greece. With short walks on some of the pebble beaches to long mountain ridges, the most southwest part of continental Europe, has a little bit of everything. The weather also becomes an important factor to consider as the region has a mild summer and winter climate that allows all kinds of activities during the whole year.
Do you love walking, hiking or cycling?
Then west Mani will offer many occasions to enjoy these activities exploring the great outdoors through the four seasons.
This wild land filled with contrasts and welcoming inhabitants is only 45’ drive away from Kalamata. See its lush olive groves under the Taygetos mountain, its gorges and the stone builtpaths. The region of west Mani offers many different terrains for walking and trekking. Its mountain range and hilly landscape, rocky coast and Vassiliki forest offer many trails to explore. Numerous small pebble beaches, with calm waters are perfect for families. Hidden mountainous scenic villages with breathtaking views will take you to a time travel. Make a point of tastingtasting the extra virgin olive oil and the fresh local beer in the nearby tavernas.
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Hiking in Taygetos peak isn’t the only hiking tour we provide. Find out more about hiking services we provide in our hiking section
We offer a wide range of hiking services around the region of the famous Taygetus Mountain, reaching 2.407 m high, thus we have selected to name our site.
The Taygetus Massif is about 100 km (62 mi) long, extending from the center of the Peloponnese to Cape Matapan, its southernmost extremity. It contains the tallest mountain in the Peloponnese, the Profitis Ilias summit, reaching 2,407m. this is probably the classical Mount Taléton mentioned by Pausanias, an Ancient Greek philosopher.
The summit is an ultra-prominent peak. It is even visible from the Isthmus of Corinth, which connects the Peloponnese with mainland Greece, from a height of only 60 m. Numerous creeks roll down from the mountains.
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Why hiking in Greece?
Hiking in Greek is called “Pezoporia”. “Pezos” is the pedestrian and “Poria” is the path. One of the most interesting ways to get to know a place is to walk it and Greece has a wide variety of hiking trails in fascinating landscapes to explore.
From the mountains of mainland Greece to the Greek islands, there are hundreds of trails that pass through lush forests, olive groves and gorges, next to waterfalls, rivers and historical monuments, to reach beautiful beaches with blue waters and traditional villages, offering unique experiences for hiking enthusiasts.
While Hiking in the Taygetos peak can be of the most impressive lifetime experience in Greece, read more about hiking trails in Greece.
What is hiking anyway?
Hiking is a long, vigorous walk, usually on trails or footpaths in the countryside. Walking for pleasure was developed in Europe during the eighteenth century. Religious pilgrimages have existed much longer but they involved walking long distances for a spiritual purpose associated with specific religions.
“Hiking” is the preferred term in Canada and the United States; the term “walking” is used in these regions for shorter, particularly urban walks. In the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, the word “walking” describes all forms of walking, whether it is a walk in the park or backpacking in the Alps.
The word hiking is also often used in the UK, along with rambling (a slightly old-fashioned term), hillwalking, and fell walking (a term mostly used for hillwalking in northern England). The term bushwalking is endemic to Australia, having been adopted by the Sydney Bush Walkers club in 1927.
In New Zealand a long, vigorous walk or hike is called tramping. It is a popular activity with numerous hiking organizations worldwide, and studies suggest that all forms of walking have health benefits.
What is hiking and its benefits?
Hiking is cardiovascular in nature, so it can provide great benefit to heart health while also improving blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Hiking helps increase the strength in the leg muscles, builds stability in the core muscles and enhances balance skills.
Is trekking and hiking the same?
Difference Between Hiking And Trekking. To put it in even simpler words, hiking involves a long energetic walk in a natural environment on hiking trails or footpaths for a day or overnight. Trekking involves a long vigorous hike in the wild natural environment for multiple days. It can be done off hiking trails.