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Lakonia: Interesting places to visit


The jewel of Laconia, the «tower-town» of Monemvasia, is certainly a famous tourist destination. The medieval fortress, carved into the rock, travels the visitor to the past. The site is well organized, and you can stay either in the castle or in the new city. There are also many options for food and coffee . If you get there, make sure not to miss the sunrise overlooking the cliff, the view is unique …

Neapoli, Laconia

This is one of the most beautiful cities in the prefecture of Laconia. Sandy beach, turquoise waters, plenty of tourist facilities and all within about 130 km from Sparta. Opposite Neapolis is the beautiful Elafonissos. At the southern edge of the area stands the cape of Maleas. In this region you may find some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, plus the local cuisine is delicious.

Tainaro, Lakonia

It is also known as Kavo Matapa. Located in the southern point of Peloponnesus, it is the south most point of Greek mainland dividing with its peninsula the Laconian bay from the Messinian one. A mystic place since ancient times…this is where ancient Greeks believed the underworld entrance to Hades was located… this is the place where Orpheus led Eurydice back from the dead in the land of living. The route towards Tainaro is totally different… another kind of wild beauty. Stone and sea hand in hand at this unique Mani landscape, that offers a few beaches of unforgettable beauty in the way. We recommend you this alternate route, one worthwhile to include in your visiting schedule!

Githio, Lakonia

One of the most beautiful cities in Peloponnese, in the prefecture of Laconia. It is a seaside beautiful place with a long history, as the first written reference of the town appears in Thucydides. The area has several great beaches, while the town is ideal for a walk. As for the local cuisine, it is quite famous!

Gerolimenas, Laconia

A very traditional settlement in Laconia which will amaze you at first glance. The visitor will be left in awe of its small natural harbor and the endless blue of the sea. The traditional architecture of Gerolimenas, is captivating to the visitor. Make sure to find time and taste the greek drink ouzo in any of the beachside taverns, as well as taste the local delicacies!

Old Monemvasia, Lakonia

This is a small, traditional fish village, facing the Castle Walls of Monemvasia, around 7 kilometers away. Its small bay seems to have jumped out of a postal card, with a small sandy, gorgeous beach! Make sure you don’t miss it, it’s one of the well known natural beauties in the unforgettable area of Monemvasia.


Xifias is a very pretty village about five kilometers away from Monemvasia, and its sandy beach is one of the most beautiful in the region. The number of visitors just enjoy this picturesque little bay, is increasing year after year!



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Maria Athanssopoulos was born in the city of Tripoli, Greece, 1968. She has worked as a lawyer for almost 20 years. She writes interesting articles and takes photographs from the places she visits, since 2009. She run her own travel related web pages. She likes exploring new places and new cultures. She loves writing about her travel experiences. She also loves the art of photography. She has travelled almost all over Europe, but also in Turkey. Her plans for the future are to visit a lot more countries. Stay tuned!

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