Travel guide

Gytheio


General info

Welcome to Gytheio...

Gytheio is a coastal town of 4,876 inhabitants, seat of the homonym Municipality in the Prefecture of Laconia. It is located in the North-West inlet of the Laconic Gulf and is 45 km away from the city of Sparta- which is the capital of the prefecture- 277 km. from Patras - the capital of the Achaia Prefecture - and 270 km. from Athens. Gytheio is the second largest city in the Prefecture of Laconia and the capital of the region of Mani. The architecture of the city is that of a typical Greek coastal region. On the seaside the visitor will meet tavernakia (small taverns), ouzeri and cafeterias, while the upper part of the city is full of alleys and beautiful neoclassical buildings which are spread along the outskirts of mountain “Koumaros”. The name of Gytheio comes - according to Pausanias, the traveler of the 2nd century A.D. - from the words ‘Γύη Θεών’ (Greek: Gii Theon) which means “the Land of Gods”.

 

In the past…

During the Peloponnesian War, Gytheio was the naval port of Sparta. The Athenians managed to occupy Gytheio in 456 BC, followed by “Epaminondas from Thebes” in 371 BC after the battle in Leyktra and the victory of Thebes over Sparta. But the Spartans regained Gytheio both times. The ancient theatre in the old town and the ruins of a temple of Dionysus on the hill behind the Gytheio are preserved and still stand there since the ancient times. During the Roman period (195 BC - 297 AD) Gytheio comported independently from Sparta and became the capital of the Ccommunity of Free Laconia’s (Spartans), adorned with marble palaces and temples. It also became an important commercial and industrial center as it exported many different things primarily porphyry. In 395 AD Gytheio was conquered by the Goths and eventually was ravaged. The area was named “Marathonisi” (Fennel Island) from the herb fennel (marathon in Greek) that grew on the opposite island named “Kranai”, and the surrounding mainland. During the Turkish domination, the citizens of Gytheio moved away to the mainland, avoiding that region due to malaria and predatory invasions of pirates. Since the late 18th century, Gytheio became the political centre of Mani and at the 23rd of March in 1821, the family “Grigorakis”, started the revolution against the Turkish invaders.

 

Nowadays…

Gytheio is a beautiful city known for its natural beauty and its famous hospitality. Its geographical position is such that it can give visitors a chance to pay brief visits to all archaeological sites of Laconia. It has also the largest port in the Laconian Gulf, and the second largest in the southern Peloponnese (after Kalamata).It provides all the modern tourist facilities to its visitors which makes it a very attractive destination either for relaxation or for excursions to other parts of Mani, which are truly inexhaustible.

Sight seeing

If you happen to come by or stay in this beautiful city, then

you can visit:

 

  • the Ancient Theatre which is located on the north side of the city and which was renovated by the Roman Emperor Augustus
  • the “Kranai Island” (official name “Marathonisi”) which is located directly across of the port of Gytheio
  • the small chapel of “Agios Petros” (St. Peter) on the island “Kranai”
  • the octagonal lighthouse of Gytheio which was built in 1873 and is 22 metres high
  • the tower “Tzannetaki- Grigoraki” which hosts the Historical and Ethnological Museum of Mani
  • the City Hall with its archaeological collection and ancient exhibits
  • the beautiful beach “Mavrovouni” which is located at a distance of 2 Km from the city

How to go

By Car:

Gytheio is located at a distance of 273 km from Athens. Once you get on Attiki Odos (with direction to Elefsina), continue your trip on the national highway Athens-Corinth for approximately 80 km (40-50 minutes). Leave Corinth behind you and follow the road towards Tripoli (attention to road signs in order not to miss the exit). Just after entering Tripoli, exit the national road at the Tripoli node and continue your journey towards “Sparta-Gytheio” for approximately 58 km. Leave Sparta behind you and follow the road signs which will direct you to your destination.

 

Total travel time : 190 – 210 minutes

 

By Bus:

There are daily itineraries from Athens to Gytheio. (KTEL Busses Kifisos - Kifissou 100, on the national road of Athens).

 

For more information please call:

KTEL Busses Athens : ☎  (+30) 210 5124910

KTEL Busses Gytheio : ☎  (+30) 27330 22228

 

By Train:

For more information and itineraries, please visit the following websites:

www.proastiakos.gr and  www.ose.gr

Useful telephones


Police station Gytheio : ☎  (+ 30) 27330 22271


Taxi Station Gytheio : ☎  (+ 30) 27330 23400


Health Centre Gytheio : ☎  (+ 30) 27330 - 22001, 22002


Pharmacies Gytheio : ☎  (+ 30) 27330 - 22566, 22219, 22566


Post Office Gytheio : ☎  (+ 30) 27330 22285


Agrotiki Bank Gytheio : ☎  (+ 30) 27330 22901


Alpha Bank Gytheio : ☎  (+ 30) 27330 24950


National Bank Gytheio : ☎  (+ 30) 27330 - 22316, 51293


Emporiki Bank Gytheio : ☎  (+ 30) 27330 23938


Piraeus Bank Gytheio : ☎  (+ 30) 27330 29160


KEP (Citizen Service Center) Gytheio : ☎  (+ 30) 27330 29037


Municipality Offices : ☎  (+ 30) 27330 22210


Port Police Gytheio ☎ (+ 30) 27330 22262


Fire Department ☎ (+ 30) 27330 22199

Distances

From the city of Gythio to:

Athens

256 km

Thessaloniki   

747 km

Piraeus

261 km

Larisa

598 km 

Volos

571 km 

Ioannina

511 km 

Zakynthos

314 km 

Pylos

150 km 

Kalamata

105 km

Nafplio

163 km 

Patras

272 km 

Sparti

43 km 

Corinth

177 km 

Igoumenitsa

577 km

Pyrgos

235 km