Cape Tenaro or Cape Matapas is the southest edge of continental Greece, Valkanian peninsula and continental Europe. Ancient Greeks believed that this was the passage to Ades, the god of the Underworld. It’s the cape of the middle south peninsula of Peloponnese between Lakonian and Messinian Gulf.
In the sea area around, the battleship of Tenaro took place in 1941. In the natural rocks of the port there is a rectangular stone-built building where a lighthouse with the same name is located. The area around the Cape which is the limit of a smaller peninsula, is called Acrotenaria.Its name derives from Tenaro, the mythic hero, and son of Zeus, who built Tenaro city in the side of the isthmus of Acrotainarion peninsula.
Cape Tenaro, was called Poseidion in the ancient times whereas in Frankish times referred as Cape Matapas, a name that is used in foreign sailing maps until today. Cape Tenaro offers unique view and it is accessible by the sea with a boat. Another way to reach the lighthouse and admire the deep blue sea is by hiking the trail. If you choose to go hiking you will need special equipment, water and sneakers.