Areopoli is located 72 km from Sparta. The preservable settlement of Areopoli is one of the most beautiful, traditional settlements in Greece. It distinguishes due to the landscape and architectural style.
According to the tradition, Areopoli was named after the God of War Ares (Areos Poli). It is built at the center of Manis peninsula and has magnificent view to the Messinian gulf.
All houses are stone-built with very small windows in order to localize the enemy. The residences seemed like small castles and protected people from invasions.
The natural surrounding of Areopoli is wild, but still enchanting. The sharp rocks create a hard and distant scenery.
Areopoli was known from medieval times as Tsimova. This was the area’s name until 1836. Areopoli had a leading part at the War Of Independence. The stone built walls of Areopolis, the narrow cobblestone paths and the castles, reveal part of this region’s history.
Mavromihalides, the famous heroes of the Greek Revolution came from Areopoli. Their mansion, which now operates as a historical museum, is saved at Limeri.
At March 17th of 1821 the banner of revolution waved at the homonym square making enslaved souls flutter.
Areopoli has now become an important commercial center for the whole region of Mani.
The hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, cafes and shops offer visitors all modern comforts.
The heart of Areopoli beats at Athanaton Square with the statue of Petrobeis Mavromihalis.