Discover the best top things to do in Laconia Region, Greece including Monemvasia Fortress, Simos Beach, Mystras, Kastania Cave, Archaeological Site of Mystras, Monastery Panagias Elonis, Diros Cave, Mavrovouni Beach, Skoutari Beach, Akrotiri Tenaro Lighthouse.
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5 based on 304 reviews
My husband and I stayed in a traditional house for 2 nights and loved the whole experience.
Follow the meandering cobblestone lanes all over the island to discover all the fortress has to offer.
The smooth cobblestones are very slippery especially when wet so wear good non slip walking shoes.
The climb up to the castle takes about 20mins via the stairs and the sea views from the top are wonderful.
5 based on 874 reviews
This beach on some days is like a swimming pool with it calm, crystal clear waters and sand that stretches for a few kilometers. On other days, when there is wind, it's a great place to jump the waves, and truly enjoy the warm water and sun. Plus, the umbrella and two chairs will cost you between 5-10 euros, and the guy will bring you drinks as snacks as needed. Paradise!!!
4.5 based on 675 reviews
Mystras is one of the most important Byzantine sites in Greece.
The site stretches about halfway up the mountain and is quite a long climb. There are several churches with some reminents of well preserved frescoes. There is a steep path to the convent and church of Pantanassa, where there still live some older nuns who produce beautiful handmade table linens embroidered with Byzantine motifs. The room that they sell them would be the last one at the end of the convent. Be sure to take a look at their beautiful handiwork and maybe buy a piece of two.
The Palace was closed so we did not bother to go beyond the convent. There are two paths to go up there, either the one that goes along the edges with no railings and uneven terrain or the better set of steps on the left side.
The site will probably take 2-3 hours to thoroughly visit. We started at the bottom and as time was running out did not bother to drive to the top. This site was one of the highlights of our trip to Greece. A truly magical peaceful place.
5 based on 125 reviews
One of the most impressive caves of Greece can be found near the village of Kastania on the southern tip of the Peloponnese, just minutes away from Neapoli. The route follows the winding mountain road leading to the forest-covered eastern slopes of Mt. Parnon. Rich in density and variety of shapes, colors and figures, Kastania Cave is classified as second of its kind in Europe. Nature needed three million years to create this fantasyscape with its unparalleled decor and numerous impressive formations such as enormous red and white "waterfalls", the gigantic columns, the "curtains" and the "sheets" that overflow like waxwork from the roof, "octopuses" and "corals" nest, "elephants" and "mushrooms", "birds" and caricatures, "exotic plants" and monumental creatures... Standing out among the numerous attractions of the cave are geological rarities such as discs, flat stalagmites, eccentrites and elictites. With a little luck, visitors may meet the cave's noble resident insect, the deaf and blind dolichopoda. The cave's surface covers 1,500 square meters separated into two levels and the visitor is guided along a 500-meter route. The cave was formed from limestones of Jurassic age (195-145 million years old) as a result of geological turmoil and chemical reaction. The stone decor owes its seven-color palette to crystalline carbonate lime enriched with several metal oxides. A cafe operates right outside the cave and nearby is the old church of St. Andrew, scarred by pirates and conquerors
The visit to Kastania Cave took my breath away - it is simply stunning! The amount of stalagmites, stalagtites, flowstone, crystals and colours are mindblowing - especially when you thinkof how long it took to form. The guide was really good - very informative and enthusiastic. Really enjoyed this trip.
4.5 based on 404 reviews
Mystras is a magical place. Set high in the Mountains. The last bastion of Byzantium. The churches have a beautiful early Christian simplicity about them and even in their dilapidated star bear witness to spirituality. The frescoes are stunning. Going in winter was a revelation. You have the the place to yourself wandering through the ruins
4.5 based on 120 reviews
Only a about 15km from Leonidio and worth the winding road through really beautiful and unspoilt country. The monastery is easily accessible as you can drive very close and from the entrance to the chapel is only a few hundred metres and not too many stairs. The monastery is peaceful and unreal in a way - the views, well they make you think of the wonder of this world.
4.5 based on 810 reviews
5000 meters of subterranean caves boat trip lasting 30 mins and 10 minute walk. One of the most beautiful lake caves in the world.
I've done quite a number of caves in Greece. A bit more effort could make this one exceptional. There was no English guide, and even though I understand some Greek, our guide just mumbled an a rhythmic tone. Hard to follow. What should be added is underwater lighting so we can truly experience the site. For those unfamiliar, it's starts with a boat ride and you exit on a walking path towards the shoreline.
4.5 based on 343 reviews
Plenty of beach bars and the umbrella and sunbeds are included in the price of the coffee or drinks at 3,50 € per person. The coffee is not very good at some beach bars...
4.5 based on 88 reviews
This is a nice family beach with sand, so be warned :) It has a few trees so you will also need an umbrella. But the waters are very clean and the beach is really quiet!
4.5 based on 51 reviews
Although this mystical place was sunk in oblivion for many centuries, it still has much to offer to the visitor. Pirates' nest, Oracle where people met and spoke with the dead, war scenery of WWII, interesting and unusual place for diving and fishing and many other things can be seen, enjoyed, found or understood here. For many of the late years of 20th century and the first years of the 21st century apart from the local people only some brave campers and relax and quiet seeking people with trailers/caravans used to spend a day or two there. The local tavern at the beginning of the path to the lighthouse provided and provides food and drinks. Usually people who go there enjoy a sea or a sun bath and have a hike to the lighthouse which is indeed very beautiful and makes you feel that you have come to the end of the world. However, if you are a good observer, you will not miss to spot during your hike the church made from Ancient Temple Materials, the Well of Souls, some ancient pebble mosaics and medieval tower-houses. It is recommended for history buffs, nature lovers, explorers and searchers of the mystics.
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