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Prefecture of Laconia is a museum of natural history and tradition, as it combines natural beauty with monuments of the antiquity, medieval castles, Byzantine churches, monasteries and towers.
The Homeric Lakedaimona, with its capital city the legendary gate of Sparta, the castle-city of Monemvasia, the Byzantine City of Mystras, the renowned Geraki, Homer’s Pellana, the “untamed” Mani, Gythio (the land of the gods) with its unique sea coasts, the charming Neapolis and Elafonisos with its picturesque coastline.
Laconia’s natural allure, splendid coastline, spellbinding scenery, mountains, lakes and rivers, is combined with superb weather conditions for ideal holidays year-round.
Evrotas, the principal stream of Laconia, flows south-southeast through a fertile plain between the Taygetus and Parnon ranges, creating a suitable environment for unforgettable mountain tours. Built in the heart of the fertile Evrotas plain, capital Sparta lies on the same site as Ancient Sparta. Today, the city is a modern and well-designed urban centre.
At 20km east of Sparta, is Chrysafa, with 14th century churches and a monastery built into the rock. Northeast on the slopes of Mt. Parnon, scenic mountain-routes take to Vrestheno, Vamvakou and Karyes. Lower, near the national road, is the ancient city of Sellasia. Other routes take to the beautiful slopes of northwest Taygetus, to Georgitsi, and further up to Loganino.
Suspended on the slopes of Taygetus, the Byzantine fortress-city of Mystras, with over 25 churches of immense architectural and historic value, casts a silent gaze over the waters of Evrotas, a river chanted so many times by Vrettakos, a famous poet from Laconia.
Built on a small, dark rock jutting out of the sea off the east coast of Laconia, lies the Byzantine and Venetian castle-city of Monemvasia untouched by time and the splendid fiord of Gerakas.
Further north are the remains of Epidaurus Limera, established by refugees from Epidaurus in Argos. Ideal destination for holidays, the port-city of Gythio is built on the west side of the Gulf of Laconia.
Overlooking the Messinian Gulf, the Dyros Caves complex is among the largest and most spectacular in Europe, with incredible formations of stalactites and stalagmites, underground streams and lakes, narrow passages and enormous halls.