Of exquisite beauty, Kardamili is characterized by a variety of landscapes and a stricly traditional architecture.
The old part of the city is looking down at the well preserved castled houses and the post – Byzantine church of Saint Spiridonas, the bell of which has been a pirates loot. The architecturally unique Patrick Lee Fermor’s residence with its magnificent garden amazes any visitor.
Picturesque ports, seacoasts, cobbled roads, traditional hostels, olive trees, osiers and daphne trees set the scenery.
Meropi, a beautiful island in front of the old customs and watch and also the remains of the Venetians walls complete the beautiful picture.
Family taverns, bars on the sand and traditional art stores attract the visitors. Homer is the first one that refers to Kardamili as one of the cities that Agamemnon would give to Achilles as part of dowry.
At the same place, mythology informs us, the Nereids celebrated with Piros, the son of Achilles, when he passed by on his way to marry Hermiony, daughter of Menelaos and Helen.
During the national revolution, Theodoros Kolokotronis coming from Zakinthos, was a guest at Mourtzinos’ tower at the old part of Kardamili in January 1821 and went on from there preparing the revolution.
On the 21st of March 1821, Mayromixalis and his veterans from Middle Mani arrived from Aeropoli and after unifying their forces, they liberated Kalamata on the 23rd of March.