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Diros Cave

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.

Cape Tenaro

Cape Tenaro is located in Mani and is the southernmost point of mainland Greece and Europe. Tenaro is a place, rich in history, such us, the Battle of Cape Matapan, that happened in March 1941. The overview from the lighthouse, is magnificent.

Kastania Cave

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 décor 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…

Aghia Sofia

A church with an octagonal dome, built in the 12th century (1149-1150). Carvings date from the 12th century and frescoes from the end of the 12th and the early 13th centuries.

Church of Elkomenos Christos

Basilica with a cupola, three semi-circular arches to the east and a domed narthex to the west.

The current architectural form is the result of alterations at various times, but the original structure probably dates from the Early Christian period (6th-7th centuries).

Mystras

The byzantine fortified town of Mystras reflects the 14th and 15th century Byzantium. The mysterious and majestic Peloponnesian landscape with its wonderfully decorated churches still has the power to inspire awe to visitors after all these centuries. The Frankish castle dated to 1249 has been restored from time to time by the despots of Mystras and Turks. Next to Mystras, Neos Mystras has been established, a modern community consisting of four settlements: Skalviki, Pikouliana, Taygeti, and Vlachochori. It was established next to the Byzantine fortified town thanks to the large number of tourists. It is only 5km from Sparta.

Vatheia

Vatheia is a village sight. It is a listed settlement and with the help of the Greek Tourism Organisation, expert architects undertook the restoration of traditional towers in Mani.

Monemvasia

The region's name reflects its geography (moni + emvasia = only + entrance). The ancient naval base of Minoans became one of the most important Peloponnese castles in the Middle Ages. Stone houses, mansions, and Byzantine churches still inspire Greeks and foreigners. The difference is that most houses hanging from steep rocks overlooking the Myrtoon Sea have tuned into hospitable taverns and cosmopolitan bars. The rock of Monemvasia is 95km from Sparta, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Peloponnese.

Archaeological Museum of Sparta

The Archaeological Museum of Sparta (Greek: Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Σπάρτης) is a museum in Sparta in Greece. It houses thousands of finds from the ancient Acropolis of Sparta, known as the Lakedaemonia, but also from the rest of the municipality of Laconia. The collection's pieces date from the Neolithic Age to the late Roman Period. There are seven rooms of an approximate area of 500 square metres (5,400 sq ft) which display only a small part of the collection. Administratively it belongs in 5th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classic Antiquities.

Ancient Theatre of Sparta

It stands for its size, quality and the luxury of its construction. The ancient theatre of Sparta, built around 30-20 B.C., is located north of the contemporary city of Sparta, and remains a distinguished monument to this day, despite the ravages of time and past adventures, such as when its auditorium was destroyed to make Byzantine houses and shops.

In ancient times, the theatre used to deeply impress the visitors. Τhe Greek traveler and geographer of the 2nd century AD Pausanias writes: “this theatre made of white stone is sight worthy.” Its size was also impressive as it was one of the largest ancient theatres, holding a capacity of 16,000 spectators, following the tradition of the earlier Peloponnesian theaters of Epidaurus and Megalopolis.