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Archaeological Museum of Sparta
Τhe Archaeological Museum of Sparta comprises the oldest provincial archaeological museum of the country. Its neoclassical building was constructed between 1874 and 1876 in the center of the city and it has been declared a listed building for its architectural and historical interest. With finds ranging chronologically from the Mycenaean to the Roman period (1100 BC-324 AD), the exhibition of the museum offers a panorama of the art and history of ancient Sparta.
Museum of Olive Oil
The Museum of Olive and Greek Olive Oil in Sparti Peloponnese: The Museum of Olive and Greek Olive Oil is located at the centre of Sparti and aims to highlight the importance of olive in the Greek and the Mediterranean culture. This is a historical course for the olive trees and olive oil from the prehistoric times till today, with special emphasis on the economical importance of this product for every era.
Castle of Mystras
Mystras, the 'wonder of the Morea', was built as an amphitheatre around the fortress erected in 1249 by the prince of Achaia, William of Villehardouin. Reconquered by the Byzantines, then occupied by the Turks and the Venetians, the city was abandoned in 1832, leaving only the breathtaking medieval ruins, standing in a beautiful landscape.
The Pantanassa Monastery is a monastery in Mystras, Greece. It was founded by a chief minister of the late Byzantine Despotate of the Morea, John Frankopoulos, and was dedicated in September 1428.
Crossing Sparti towards the North and heading to Kalamata, you will enter the magnificent world of Taygetos, the roof of Sparti. Taygetos is the biggest challenge for lovers of mountain, trekking and climbing. Imposing and full of contradictions, with slopes, canyons, caves, sources, rivers and rich vegetation alternating with steep rocks, it draws on the intrepid who dare to explore it.
The Diros Caves are perhaps the most important natural site in Greece and in their own way as spectacular as the caldera of Santorini. The cave of Diros, is found 10 km from Gytheio and 5 km from the Pyrgos Dirou. Actually there are three caves, the Alepotrypa, Katafigi and Glyfada. This is a unique experience traveling barely a subterranean river length 1,600 m. The magic of the color, and the beautiful shapes, formed by the stalactites and stalagmites makes a unique spectacle. After the ongoing research at the cave of Diros to date, the total length reaches 6.500 meters and is still unknown the final length.
Monemvasia is a town and a municipality in Laconia, Greece. The town is located on a small island off the east coast of the Peloponnese. The island is linked to the mainland by a short causeway 200m in length. Its area consists mostly of a large plateau some 100 metres above sea level, up to 300 m wide and 1 km long, the site of a powerful medieval fortress. The town walls and many Byzantine churches remain from the medieval period. The seat of the municipality is the town Molaoi. The town's name derives from two Greek words, mone and emvasia, meaning "single entrance". Its Italian form, Malvasia, gave its name to Malmsey wine. Monemvasia's nickname is the Gibraltar of the East or The Rock.
Simos Beach at Elafonisos Island
The most famous beach of Elafonisos and one of the most beautiful in the Mediterranean. Beaches in Elafonissos are famous for their white sand, crystal water and they are unspoilt from mass tourism. To get to Elafonissos you drive to the town of Neapolis, then go back a few kilometers to the village of Vingliafa where there are two small ferries which go back and forth continuously to the island. The island was a peninsula in ancient times and the sandy isthmus which separates it from the Peloponessos is only a few feet underwater which is why the sea has the remarkably alluring color that makes you want to leap off the ferry boat on the 10 minute journey there.