Description of Laconia
Picturesque seaside villages, rich tradition and great people with unique personality are what the charm of the region of Laconia is made of. The mythical place of the heroic Spartans is now a destination that remains still undiscovered by mass tourism. The region offers hotels in the most visited resorts of Monemvasia, Mani and the coastal villages of Gythio, Gerolimenas, Oitylo and many more. Lakonia is famous for the restaurants serving fresh fish and local products.
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History of Laconia
The region of Lakonia is home to legends, including the kingdom of King Menelaus in Mycenaean times, the city of Sparta and the spectacular ruins of Mystras, the Byzantine Empire’s last stronghold. The early history of the region has been recorded in Homeric Iliad as the abduction of Helen, King Menelaus’ wife sparked the legendary Trojan War. Laconia became part of the Byzantine Empire and then the Byzantine Despotate of Morea and fell under the Ottomans except from the area of Mani that remained mainly autonomous.
Geography of Laconia
Laconia is a region situated in the southeastern part of the Peloponnese peninsula and its neighbouring regions are Arcadia to the north, Messinia to the west and the islands of Elaphonissos and Kythera to the south. The region spans an area of 3.636 sq. km. and a total population of 100.871 inhabitants. The capital city of the region is Sparta. The highest mountains of Lakonia are Taygetus and Parnon.
Sightseeing in Laconia
The glorious past of the ancient city of Sparta unfortunately lies beneath the modern town. However, the Byzantine churches and monasteries at Mystras on the foothills of Taÿgetos Mountain compensate the visitors. The evocative medieval fortress-town of Monemvasia in the southeast is a place not to be missed. The area of Mani is well-known for the special local architecture and the harsh beauty of the landscapes formed by rocky slopes and olive groves. The beaches of the area are beautiful and remain undiscovered by the mass tourism.
Useful Phone Numbers in Laconia
Police of Sparta: +30 27310 26600
Tourist Police of Sparta: +30 27310 20492
Hospital of Sparta: +30 27310 28671-5
Bus Services: +30 27310 26441
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ArhaggelosArhaggelos is a picturesque village nestled in the Laconian Gulf. It is an ideal destination for your vacation, to relax, swim in crystal clear beaches, and as a starting point for a tour to the surrounding areas and attractions such as Mystras, Neapolis, Monemvasia and Elafonisos. It offers good food...3
ArnaArna is a beautiful, green village in Laconia, built at an altitude of 750 m on the eastern slopes of Mount Taygetos. Arna is surrounded by trees, apple trees, chestnut trees, walnut trees and a variety of herbs along with a long aged plane tree that has been declared as a monument of nature. It offers...4
ElafonisosElafonisos is a small, exotic island with beautiful beaches and crystal blue waters in the south east coast of the Peloponnese, across the port of Neapoli. Elafonisos has unique landscapes, golden beaches, blue waters and towering dunes. It offers good food in restaurants and taverns and stay in beautiful...7
GythionThe picturesque village of Gytheion is the second largest city of Laconia in the famous area of Mani. Gytheion is a town built amphitheatrically on the foothills of Larysios. It is just 42 km far from Sparta and its port is the hub of all ships that sail to Kythira, Crete, etc. There are hotels and rooms...10
ManiMani is one of the most beautiful places in Greece with its rugged landscape and the majestic towers. The terrain is rugged and barren with many steep cliffs and caves. Mani will make you feel the passion of direct contact with the place. It offers good food in restaurants and taverns and accommodation...11
MarmariMarmari comprises of a stunning sandy beach seeming like an inviting oasis in a rocky landscape of wild beauty. Marmari is the ideal destination in order to visit the surrounding areas offering a peaceful environment. It offers good food in restaurants and taverns and accommodation in beautiful hotels...12
MistrasThe historic city of Mystras is located 5 km northwest of Sparta with the double-headed eagle of Byzantium as its emblem. The city of Mystras is the citadel of Constantine Palaiologos the last emperor of Byzantine. It offers good food in restaurants and taverns and accommodation in beautiful hotels and...13
MonemvasiaMonemvasia stands on the southern tip of Laconia ready to take you on a fanciful voyage through time and history. Monemvasia is its formal name, Malvouazi to the Franks and Malmsey to the English. No matter how it is named this beautiful seaside castle-town built on a rock is a stone labyrinth which...16
Porto CagioPorto Cayo is the last port of Eastern Mani before Cape Tenaro. Porto Cagio became an important naval base over the centuries, including Lambros Katsonis, a Greek captain, leader in the Greek War of Independence. During the summer months the port is full of sailboats that stop here on their way from...17
Pyrgos DirouThe famous village of Pyrgos Dirou in Laconia is a destination of special natural beauty. Here is one of the most beautiful lake caves in Greece that can be visited by boat. You can also enjoy the beautiful beaches and the panoramic view from the towers. The large number of hotels and restaurants will...18
RahiRahi is the perfect combination of mountain and sea. This makes it ideal for holidays throughout the year. Gytheion is just 3.5 km away, while the village of Rahi is peaceful with great views to Mani, Mount Taygetos and Mount Parnonas. It offers good food in restaurants and taverns and stay in beautiful...19
SpartaSparta is an easy-going town that lies at the heart of the Evrotas Valley, surrounded by olive and citrus groves, while the snowcapped Taÿgetos Mountains provide a stunning background. Sparti is 215 km far from Athens and is the capital city of the region of Laconia. The history of Sparta is literally...
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