The village of Kardamyli is the gateway to the Mani Peninsula and its best home base. It's an anti-resort that delicately mixes conscientious travelers with real-world Greece. Relax and tune in to the pace of country life. On Kardamyli's humble but oddly fascinating main drag, locals-only mom-and-pop shops mingle with tourist stalls...and everyone seems to emit a contented ease. Visitors can enjoy hiking into the hills, learning about the region's rough-and-tumble history at Old Kardamyli, swimming at the town's Ritsa Beach, and driving deeper into the Mani Peninsula, but the real charm of Kardamyli is its low-key ambience — the place works like a stun gun on your momentum. It's the kind of place where travelers plan their day around the sunset.