Concierge.com's insider take:
One of the least visited areas in Greece (although that is changing with improved roads), Mani is a region of barren mountains dotted with dwarf olive trees and prickly-pear cactuses. Blissfully free of major tourist sights, Mani is best enjoyed through a leisurely drive. You'll see tiny medieval churches nestled in cypress groves, and the remains of tower housesuntil the early 20th century, the Peloponnesians fought with one other constantly and liked to see their enemies coming. Pretty beaches are near Githio and Kardamili.