Areopoli is a well-kept historical town with stone paths and traditional tower houses which were built for social and defensive reasons. The town took its name from the Greek God of War Ares and was the capital of the historical district of Inner Mani. Areopoli is known for the contribution during the battles of Greece against the Ottoman Empire.
At the central square of the village Platia Athanaton is the statue of Petrompeis Mavromichalis, the famous chieftain and offspring of the Mavromichali family. Mavromichalis family originated from Areopolis and is widely known for their fighting spirit during the battles of Greece. In the central square there are a lot of traditional restaurants and cafes and around the village there are traditional tower houses, some of which have been reformed into beautiful hotels.
In Areopoli and in the wider area of Laconia restaurants specialise in the traditional cuisine of Mani district and the cuisine is mainly roasted suckling pig, sausages and salt pork. Homemade pasta accompanied by local cheese and wild greens are also a speciality.
In Karavostasi there is a beautiful pebble beach. Small peaceful beaches mainly covered by pebbles can be found throughout the west side of Mani peninsula.