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Things to see and do
Mystras, the Byzantine city-state
Biotopes - Vatika district
The Towers of Mani
Diros and the Caves
Places in Lakonia
Archangelos and Plitra
Neapoli area - Vatika
A facinating landscape of unique beauty ideal for sightseein or a quiet and relaxing vacation.
Byzantine and Frank forts fascinating Mystras, the Rock of Monemvasia, legendary Mani with its traditional stone castles, Diros caves and Sparti form a pole of attraction for visitors all year round.
Mt. Taygetos ends at the cape of Tainaron, while the extension of Mt. Parnon stretches all the way down to Cape Kavos Maleas. Nearby is the quiet and sandy beach of Neapolis and further along Elafonissos Island, a hidden paradise of dunes and cedar trees.
The history is indelibly inscribed on the monuments of different times. The tradition is constantly recycled in customs and practises and is vividly impressed in the architecture of buildings and villages. The natural beauty is manifest in the harmonious alternation of mountainous landscapes, fertile valleys, sun-drenched coasts. Peaceful and hospitable, with a gentle climate and pure air, Laconia offers the traveller all he/she might require for a pleasant holiday, but also for a sightseeing tour of inimitable riches and impressions.
The Prefecture of Laconia lies in the southern part of the Peloponnese to the south of Arkadia and to the east of Messinia. It covers an area blessed by a generous nature with multi-faceted beauty. In the western part, north to south, rises stately Mt. Taigetos, with Profitis Ilias, the highest peak of the Peloponnese, at 2,407m In the eastern part Mt. Parnon is calmer and more approachable. Its highest peak, the Megali Tourla, is at 1,935m Between the two mountains flows the river Evrotas, which renders fertile the valfey of the historic city of Sparta and the plain of Elos (mentioned by Homer) before emptying after a course of 82km in the cove of the large Gulf of Lakonia, created by the famous peninsulas of Mani and Epidavros Umira.
The peninsula of Mani is the western "leg" of Lakonia, the continuation of the Taigetos range. After a decline at the defile between Githion and Areopolis, we have the rocky outcrop of Lower Taigetos, rising to 1,218m and ending at Cape Tenaron. On the other, eastern "leg", Mt. Parnon turns to lower hilltops and a gentler climate in the peninsula of Epidavros Umira, up to its tip, sandy Elafonisos, and Cape Maleas. The Gulf of Laconia lies between the peninsulas, forming countless inlets, coves, harbours and beaches. Only its northern coast remains low, almost a straight line, due to the silt deposited by the Evrotas.
Sparti, the capital, was for many centuries the leading city of the Lacaedemonians and one of the most important for the whole of Greece.
Tourist Office - Sparti, +30 27310 24852
Tourist Police - Sparti, +30 27310 20492
Bus Station - Sparti, +30 27310 26441
Port Authority - Monemvasia, +30 27320 61266
Port Authority - Gythio, +30 27330 22262
Port Authority - Neapoli, +30 27340 22228
Port Authority - Elafonisos, +30 27340 61177
Via Athens: Airport Eleftherios Venizelos
Via Kalamata: Kalamata airport
From Athens: Lakonia Bus Station Kifissos
From Athens via Korinthos - Tropoli - Sparti - Gythio
From Athens via Korinthos - Tripoli - Kosmas - Gythio
From Patra via Olympia - Kalamata - Gythio
From Patra via Olympia - Tripoli - Sparti - Gythio
Schedules from Piraeus to Monemvasia. Also from Crete and Kythera.
More about Lakonia
Mani Region » Mani • The Towers of Mani • Areopoli • Diros and the Caves • Gerolimenas • Gythio • Oitilo (Itilo) • Vathia
Places in Lakonia » Archangelos and Plitra • Nea Monemvasia and the surroundings • Neapoli • Neapoli's surrounding area - Vatika • Elafonissos Island.