Sparta Travel Guide

  • Convent of Pentanassa
    Convent of Pentanassa
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    Manuscript in Museum
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    St. Theodoro
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Sparta Things to Do

  • Mystra

    Mystra is a late Byzantine (medieval) city. Constantinople was the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and its most important city. Thesaloniki was the 2nd most important, and Mystra was third. It was a regional capital until the fall of the Byzantine Empire.The castle is high on the hill; the town below. It was a flourishing city, with a good water...

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  • The cathedral

    It is located in a park, next to the road that leads to the famous byzantine state of Mistras, which is only 5 km far away from Sparta (you can also see my page about it).The name of the church is "Evangelistria", over 100 years old, but the patron saint of the city is Agios (Saint) Nikon.

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  • The public library

    It is one of the most important buildings of the city, which represents the rich cultural life of Sparta (in all arts, even in sports: e.x. Spartathlon, the mythic ultra distance race, about 250 km, the distance between Athens-Sparta, which first took place in 1983).

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  • Industrial archaeology

    Inside the same museum, on the ground floor, you can see machinery, copies and models of various production techniques.Also, a small cafe and the museum's shop.

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  • The Olive and Greek Olive Oil Museum II

    There are simple exhibits inside the museum, but you can get many information about the role of oil in the economy in every historical period.It was (and still is) too important about health, nutrition, lighting...

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  • The Olive and Greek Olive Oil Museum

    The museum, unique of its kind in Greece, was founded in 2003. It is housed at a nice building, 10' on foot from the centre of Sparta. You can learn there everything about the production of olive oil in the country at different historical times (since antiquity), its uses and production techniques.Don't miss it!

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  • Its interior

    It happened to be there on Holy Friday, when Jesus Christ is represented to have died as a human... Later in the night, the procession of the "epitafios"("sepulchral") was going to take place on the streets of Sparta, the same happens in every church of Greece that day...

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  • The modern city

    Sparta is the capital of the prefecture of Laconia, it started to be built in 1834 and so on. There are still many neo-classical buildings, nice squares and parks. You can visit the Archaeological Museum (except the Arc/al Museum in Athens, it was the first such museum that was built in Greece), the Koumantaros Art Gallery (branch of the National...

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  • The theater

    It is located at the site of ancient Sparta. Traces of this theater (2nd or 1st century BC) can be seen there, but much of the marble that formed the seats was removed to use it for the building of Mistras...

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  • Red beauty-other sites

    These poppies give more colour to the whole image of the theater...Behind the theater stood a temple of Athena. You can also visit the sanctuary of Artemis, the Menelaion, the sanctuary of Apollo of Amyclai (8 km south of Sparta) and the Archaeological Museum, which is housed in a neo-classical building in the centre of the city.

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  • Leonidas (not the belgian praline...)

    Leonidas was the Spartan king and general (5th c. BC) who still is an incarnation of the universal ideal of patriotism.He is well-known for his decision to fight the Persians in Thermopylae with only 300 soldiers, although he knew that he could leave and be saved. "Molon lave" (="Come and take it") is the phrase that he used to tell the Persians...

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  • The acropolis-ancient Sparta

    You can't see a lot at this archaeological site, which is located at the one side of the modern city.The lives of Spartans were organized by the state-city, even by the age of seven. They were trained all the time in both military and athletic abilities, they could live only with a few necessary things... Men were living in barracks until they were...

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Sparta Hotels

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  • Hotel Pyrgos Mystra

    3 Manousaki str., Mystras, Sparta, 23100, Greece

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Menelaion Hotel

    91 K. Paleologou Avenue, Sparta, 231 00, Greece

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Dioscouri Hotel

    Lycourgou 182 & Atridon Street, Sparta, 23100, Greece

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Sparta Restaurants

  • by koskyr Written Jul 24, 2008

    Well this is the place to eat real greek food with real and pure materials!The food is mediteranian style with local touch.The olive oil is from the owner's olive trees in the closeby village Theologos.The vegetables are from the villages nearby and the bread is traditionally made!!!Some of the best known foods are "hoirini krasati"which is pork cooked in wine with olives and orange,"kolokythokorfades"(the best greens i ever tasted)and many many other options!
    This little taverna has an old roustic style inside and a beautiful garden with olive tree and flowers outside!
    When you finish your delicious lunch or dinner the owner always gives to the costumers traditionall deserts or fruits for free!!!!
    The most important the prices are really low!!!
    I enjoyed so much there!I hope you'll do too!!!!!

    Favorite Dish: My favourite foods were so many....some of them are "mosxari kokkinisto"(beef with tomato sause),"hoirini krasati","fasolakia","kolokythokorfades","gemista"and all these with feta cheese!!!!!!

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    • Historical Travel
    • Archeology

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