The built environment of Mani is defined by stone family towers adjoined by stone buildings used for domestic purposes. The tower itself served as a hiding point for the family during times of fights (local vendettas). Thus, the medieval Mani settlements are conceived as complexes of these family structures and appear as labyrinths for the intruder.
Tainaron is the southeast point of Mani where the ancient Greeks built a temple for Poseidon of Tainaron. It was believed that at this point lied the gates of Hades to the underworld. Today travelers can walk on a 40-minute path that leads to the lighthouse of Cape Tainaron, where the chapel of Asomatos (necromancy) and a roman bath with a mosaic floor are located.