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Peloponnese – Mystras Travel Packages and Tours

Peloponnese – Mystras: Information for Optional Tour Destinations 

Visit Cavern of Keadas

Keadas is a steep ravine, northwest of Sparta on mountain Taygetos giving panoramic views of the valley of Sparta. According to the historian Plutarch, this is where the Spartans used to throw their weak and deformed infants as these children couldn’t grow up to be healthy and strong warriors fulfilling the ideal Spartan male model. In contrast to this tradition, archaeological research has revealed only bones of healthy men between 18 and 35 years old…

Visit Archaeological Museum in Mystras

The Archaeological Museum of Mystras is spotted in a tranquil place, right in the yard of Agios Demetrios Cathedral. It is housed in a two-story building, from which the visitor has a spectacular view of the surrounding area. The museum was established in 1952. Despite its naming as an archaeological museum, its collection is largely based on exhibits that date back to the Byzantine era. It includes sculptures, portable post-Byzantine icons, fragments…

Visit Sparta

Sparta is a city in Laconia, on the Peloponnese in Greece. In antiquity, it was a powerful city-state with a famous militaristic tradition. Ancient writers referred to it as Lacedaemon and its people as Lacedaemonians. Sparta reached the height of its power in 404 B.C. after its victory against Athens in the second Peloponnesian war. When it was in its prime, Sparta had no city walls; its inhabitants, it seems, preferred to defend it with men rather than mortar. However, within a few decades, after a defeat against the Thebans at the Battle of Leuctra…

Visit Nafplion

One of the most beautiful towns in the area of Argolis (in eastern Peloponnese) as well as one of the most romantic cities all over Greece, Nafplio was the first capital of the newly born Greek state between 1823 and 1834. According to mythology, the town was founded by Nafplios, the son of god Poseidon and the daughter of Danaus (Danaida) Anymone. The town’s history traces back to the prehistoric era when soldiers from here participated in the Argonautic expedition and the Trojan War alike. The town declined during ….

Visit Palace of Despots

The Palace of Despots in Mystras: The Palace of the Despots dominates the Upper Town of Mystra. It is a great complex of buildings belonging to different times of construction. They started to be built by the Franks, possibly by Guillaume de Villehardouin and were completed by the Byzantines. The palace of the Despots, who usually were the emperor’s second son, is placed on a flat expanse overlooking the Evrotas valley. These palaces constitute a great example of Byzantine architecture. The whole building complex is L-shaped and has been well-preserved until our days. The palace has four constructions…

Visit Monemvasia

Visit Monemvasia

Monemvasia means “one entrance” and in fact the only access to this castle is via a causeway. This uniquely preserved mediaeval town is carved into the majestic grey rock like a sculpture. The “Gibraltar of the East” or a “stone ship” about to set sail, as the famous Greek poet Yannis Ritsos described his birthplace, is calling you for immediate boarding for a journey through time. Wander around the vaulted alleyways, churches and aristocratic mansions. Take a sample its delicious cuisine and legendary wine. Follow in the footsteps of knights, pirates, crusaders and emperors, who all fell under the spell of this mythical place in the Peloponnese. Here time stands still…

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