MANI PURETRAIL ADVENTURE 

MANI PENINSULA, PELEPONNESE, SOUTHERN GREECE
OCTOBER 8th – 15th 2019
BOOKINGS taken from May 1st >>>
Our third Puretrail Adventure to the Mani.. The ultimate trail running destination under the sun.

The Mani Peninsula is the undiscovered mountainous ‘middle finger’ of the Peleponnese, in Southern Greece.

The Taygetus Mountains run down the spine of the Mani and rise to a height of 2407 metres to form a spectacular panoramic backdrop to our adventures here. The highest peak – ‘Profitis Ilias’ is often snow-capped in Spring and late Summer and is visible from all directions and from our base on the coast.

Deep river gorges cascade precipitously down from the high peaks and form the natural access routes into the hills. The myriad of mule tracks and goat trails reach tentatively upward through the olive groves from Kardamyli, a small town at the foot of the mountains on the crystalline shores of the Ionian Sea.

Kardamyli has been chosen as the base for our Mani Adventures. It is part of the Messinian Mani, the northern section of the peninsula, less than an hour’s drive from Kalamata, our destination airport. It is a small, friendly, relaxed and typically Greek town with an ambience of tranquillity, balanced perfectly between the mountains, gorges, olive groves and blue waters of the Ionian.

It is an idyllic place to run, hike, mountain bike and generally hang-out and chill-out for a while.

Mark Brooks, Co-Race Director at Puretrail knows the area very well indeed. In his own words: “I’ve been returning to this place for almost 20 years. I’ve seen most of Greece and most of the Islands, but this place is a bit special. The mountains really do run down to the sea here in the Mani. The trails are deep, steep and highly technical in places. Sometimes there’s no option but to walk, but that’s not such a bad thing. Its just lovely to be there and take it all in. The Mani trails are generally dry and rocky, interspersed with what I call ‘Yellow Routes’ – Dirt tracks snaking through olive groves, connecting the little hill villages scattered throughout the middle and higher lands. It’s picture-postcard stuff. For a bit of R and R you can’t beat the combination of mountains, olive groves (there really are olives everywhere- Kalamata olives) and the crystal-clear waters of the Ionian Sea. It’s why I’ve been coming back for all these years, and there’s still so much to discover.

Where We Fly To:
We fly from Gatwick and Manchester to Kalamata. Using Easyjet. The flight takes 3 hours 20 minutes from Gatwick, 4 hours from Manchester.

Shuttlebus transfers to and from our base in Kardamyli (transfer time approximately 1 hour) are included.

A flight from Gatwick or Manchester to Kalamata via Easyjet is NOT included in the pureTrail Adventure. It is YOUR responsibility to the book flights in order to arrive for your transfer in time.

      

Our Trail Base – Kardamyli on the Mani Peninsula is a hidden gem, the undiscovered jewel of trail running locations in Southern Greece.

SALOMON  know a thing or two about mountains and trail running, that’s why they’ve put their name to the Taygetus Challenge – a series of mountain races held in March each year, organised by our friends at 2407m.com in Kardamyli.

 

ACCOMMODATION

As we approach the town, from high above to the North, we see the terracotta red rooves in a sea of grey-green olive trees to one side and the turquoise waters of the Ionian Sea on the other. With the gorges running down viscerally to the shore, it’s a dramatic first impression.

We have procured the delightful Hotel Vardia  for your stay, just above Kardamyli town with incredible views over the olive groves and rooftops and facing westward for magnificent sunsets over the Messinian Gulf.

 

Breakfast is included within the Puretrail Adventure package at the Hotel Vardia.
Self Catering accommodation (not at the Hotel Vardia) will also be available on this Adventure and can be booked during the entry process.
Kardamyli – Our Trail Base
The town is easily accessible within a 5-10 minute walk to the centre and for sea swimming.
Kardamyli has a such an ambient vibe, very low-key and laid back. October is warm, the sea is at its warmest for swimming and the late summer light is mellow in the afternoons and evenings. Daytime temperatures average 24-25 degrees, still quite warm, so our runs are tailored to make the most of the afternoons for relaxing and soaking up the rays.
April is slightly cooler, though not always! The sea hasn’t had the burning summer to warm it through yet, but the landscape is green, carpeted with wildflowers and orchids and the wildlife abounds. Typical daytime temperatures range from 22-24
      
ITINERARY 
DAY 1 (Tuesday 8th October)
The first day is travelling to our base in Kardamyli.
Arrival at Kalamata airport at 11.20am.
Shuttle transfer to Kardamyli hotel.
Arrival in Kardamyli at approximately 12.45pm.
As the first day is begun with an early flight from Gatwick, airport transfer to the hotel and meeting and greeting your guides, you will be given the opportunity to explore the town, swim, and generally chill out before the running begins next day. But you will also be given the opportunity to get a feel for the area with a short introductory run in the early evening.
  
DAY 2
A guided run/hike up through the olive groves and old villages along the edge of the Vyros Gorge. Duration is likely to be 3-4 hours with a brief stop for coffee or coke at a restaurant up high on the edge of the gorge.
 
DAY 3
We take on another route up into the hills and gorges above Kardamyli, this time going higher into the Vyros Gorge, with two brief taverna stops along the way. A run and hike of between 4 and 5 hours with incredible views afforded for the duration of the run.
DAY 4 – ‘The Long Day’
Day 4 is our longest day out on the trails. It will extend to between 4.5 and 5.5 hours, It will include some sharp, technical climbs, and steep descents, but also a meander back down through olive groves towards the sea. Incredible views to the mountains and out across the Ionian will be afforded at most times for the duration of the run.

DAY 5

REST DAY

Day 5 (Saturday) is a rest day where we take a break from the trails, but rather than simply lay on the beach, we have provided an option for you to be slightly more adventurous with a yoga session and/or bike hire. (This option can be added at the booking stage).

The coastal roads around Kardamyli are usually very quiet, and ideal for cycling. Going southward there are some very pretty harbour towns to stop to eat, drink, swim and relax for a while.

   
DAY 6
Another route out from Kardamyli, exploring different sections and areas around the Vyros Gorge, visiting the little perched villages high above, almost hidden within the sea of grey-green olive trees. You can expect to be out on the trails for around 4 hours.
DAY 7
Our final day will once again see us up high at over 600m above sea level, having climbed from the coast. The highest villages will be reached from the head of the Vyros Gorge, affording incredible views southward down the magnificently mountainous Mani Peninsula. Expected duration to be around 5 hours of hiking, with running small sections downhill towards the coast.

Mani Adventure October Price:

Hotel Bed and Breakfast –  7 nights double occupancy (two people sharing) £1195,                                                      

7 nights single occupancy £845

Self Catering – 7 nights double occupancy £895, single occupancy £595

These prices include transfers to and from Kalamata Airport, 7 nights accommodation, 5 days guided running/hiking, pureTrail technical t-shirt and multi-functional headgear. Optional yoga and bike hire during Rest Day.

 


Payment Terms
50% deposit, 25% by 1st August, and Final Balance by 1st September.
GETTING THERE

A flight from Gatwick or Manchester to Kalamata via Easyjet is NOT included in the pureTrail Adventure. It is YOUR responsibility to the book flights in order to arrive for your transfer in time.

There is a scheduled EasyJet flight to leave London Gatwick airport at 05.35 on Tuesday 8th October 2019 landing at 11.15am. The transfer back from our hotel to the airport is at 09.30 on Tuesday 15th October with the flight scheduled for departure at 12.00 noon, arriving at Gatwick at 1.45pm.

There is also a flight from Manchester to Kalamata on the 8th, departing Manchester at 06.05am arriving at 12.00 noon. The return flight on the 15th departs Kalamata at 12.50pm, arriving in Manchester at 14.50.

It is also possible to reach Kardamyli using Athens as your destination airport. It will mean a 3-4 hour journey south, by car to Kardamyli.

If you arrive in Kardamyli by a separate transport method PureTrail Adventures need to be informed via email to mark@puretrail.uk



A daily kit-list will be required and is included in our terms and conditions