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Koita is located in Greece
Coordinates: 36°31′N 22°24′E / 36.517°N 22.400°E / 36.517; 22.400Coordinates: 36°31′N 22°24′E / 36.517°N 22.400°E / 36.517; 22.400
Administrative regionPeloponnese
Regional unitLaconia
MunicipalityEast Mani
Municipal unitOitylo
 • Rural
 • Population212 (2011)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)

Kitta or Koita (Greek: Κοίτα) is a village in the Mani peninsula, Laconia, Greece. It is part of the municipal unit of Oitylo. It is built on top of a hill, overlooking the sea. Kitta is known for its many Maniot pyrgoi (war towers).[2] Partially abandoned,[3] the village had a population of 96 at the 2011 census.[1] Much of the population left between World War II and today. It was the scene of Mani's last vendetta, in 1870 which required the intervention of the army, with artillery to halt it.[2] It is among the oldest villages in Mani, being mentioned in Iliad as "Messes", a village in Menelaus' kingdom.


The villages in the community of Koita are (population at 2011 census):[1]

  • Agios Georgios (18)
  • Ano Gardenitsa (34)
  • Archia (3)
  • Kalonioi (24)
  • Kato Gardenitsa (8)
  • Kechrianika (5)
  • Koita (96)
  • Nomia (15)
  • Psi (9)

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  1. ^ a b c d "Απογραφή Πληθυσμού - Κατοικιών 2011. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Πληθυσμός" (in Greek). Hellenic Statistical Authority.
  2. ^ a b Hellander, Paul (2006). Greece. Lonely Planet. p. 209. ISBN 1-74059-750-8.
  3. ^ Pirovolakis, Christine (11 July 2006). "Greece's land of warriors opens its doors to tourists". Archived from the original on 24 September 2006. Retrieved 2008-02-28.