Elia is an idyllic seaside village with beautiful beaches and sandy bights. It mainly attracts families and travelers who seek serene holidays. The little harbor of Elia, the lighthouse, the fishing boats, the olive and the orange trees make this beautiful scenery ideal for memorable photos.
You might see some of the 350 residents of the village harvest the olive trees or occupy with fishing. Also the tourist activity is obvious in this area, with a large variety of accommodation options, traditional restaurants and cafeterias near the sea.
During your stay in this place don’t forget to visit the church of St. Nikolaos and enjoy the beautiful sunset from there.
Elia is a great starting point to visit some of the most beautiful destinations in Peloponnese. From here you can visit Molaoi , Monemvasia, Gytheio, Neapoli and Elafonisos island. Haven’t you packed your bags already?
Recent discoveries of obsidian tools in Elia prove that this area was inhabited already in the Middle Paleolithic Era. During the ancient times Elia was named “Vianthini” and the history of this ancient city goes back in the Mycenaean years according to ancient inscriptions that have been found in the area.
In the highest part of the village you will see the medieval tower, which was used for communication with the residents of Mani in case of emergencies.
In 1880 Panagiotis Morantzis came in the area and started selling coffee under an olive tree (Elia means olive tree in Greek) to the people who passed by this place. People started saying “let’s go for a coffee in Elia” and so the name stuck for good! Panagiotis Morantzis continued working in the area and helped with the building of the church. Since then, the population of the area gradually increased as more and more families from the wider area of Mani came in this place especially after the liberation of the Greek nation from the Ottomans.
In 1900 Elia was already a trading center due to the harbor which took its final shape in 1937. After the end of World War II many residents immigrated in Canada, Australia and America. Some of them came back again and started up businesses coherent with tourism.
Elia beach is the closest one, near the harbor, and it is a good choice for all the family.
Vianthini beach is only 400 meters. It is a beautiful sandy beach with taverns and cafes. Here you can drink your coffee near the rocks and gaze the small island across the beach.
Just 1 km away, you will find a great place with crystal clear water, the Tigania beach. It is an organized beach with a beach bar, a beach volley facility and a traditional tavern.
About 2Km away from Elia you will find a sandy and pebble beach Makris Gialos. The beach isn’t organized and you should keep in mind to have with you all the necessary things you might need like water and food for instance. The sunset here is a magical experience you shouldn’t miss.
Kavos or Limanaki beach is at the northwest side of the village. It is a small sandy beach which worth a visit.
Just 12km away from Elia you will find the beautiful seaside settlement “Plitra”. Plitra beach is an organized shallow sandy beach. The area has plenty of cafes and restaurants which serve the travelers. Besides swimming this place is also ideal for fishing, sailing and walking.