The Mani Peninsula, also long known by its medieval name Maina or Maïna, is a geographical and cultural region in southern Greece that is home to the Maniots, who claim descent from the ancient Spartans. The capital city of Mani is Areopoli.
Mani is the central peninsula of the three which extend southwards from the Peloponnese in southern Greece. To the east is the Laconian Gulf, to the west the Messenian Gulf. The Mani peninsula forms a continuation of the Taygetos mountain range, the western spine of the Peloponnese.
Today the Mani's coastal villages are full of cafés and souvenir shops. The peninsula attracts visitors for its Byzantine churches, Frankish castles, sandy beaches and scenery.