Destination : Cape Tainaro

The dreamy end of mainland Europe

By mycountry In Travel

For a decent farewell to summer, we decided to visit Cape Tainaro, the southernmost part of Europe’s mainland.

Cape Tainaron is situated at the end of Mani, is the southern tip of the Peloponnese peninsula. The cape separates the Messenian Gulf in the west from the Laconian Gulf in the east. he place is unique in natural beauty and with significant archaeological finds. A desolate place, marked by the remains of the temple of Poseidon and a lighthouse at its end, is the place where Greek mythology places the entrance to Hades, home to the God of the dead.

Cape Tainaro

Getting there

Drive until the village of Kokinogia (about 50min from Aeropoli) and park your car. From there begins the trail to the cape, about 2.3 klm. While you walk along an uneven rocky path, the surprise comes at the end of the trail. When you finally reach the lighthouse of Cape Tainaro you will realize that you just hike in one of most wonderful routes in the world.

The Lighthouse of Cape Tainaro

The lighthouse was built in 1882 by French engineers and opened for the first time in 1887. The first time that stopped operating was during the years of German occupation but resumed when the war ended.

Cape Tainaro
Cape Tainaro
Cape Tainaro
Cape Tainaro,
Cape Tainaro

words Sonia Farasopoulou 
photos Kiki Kapasakalidou & Sonia Farasopoulou

  1. eLeM 2017-10-01

    It is enirely worth the walking, isn’t it?

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