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Top Choice Ruins in Mystras

Mystras

Spread over a steep, verdant mountainside of the Taÿgetos ranges, this former capital of the Byzantine Empire is the single most compelling set of medieval ruins in Greece. A classic fortified city, Mystras is surro…
Top Choice Historic Site in Monemvasia

Kastro – Medieval Village

Almost wholly surrounded by ocean, Monemvasia's fortified medieval village is divided into the lower town, bisected by a main cobbled street lined with souvenir shops and tavernas that leads to the main square, and …
Top Choice International in Mystras

Chromata

Pikoulianika shows its true colours (chromata) at this wonderful spot, set high on a hill behind the village. The gorgeous garden patio (open in summer) has a 180-degree view over Sparta plains. Nikos, the owner-che…
Top Choice International in Monemvasia

Chrisovoulo

One of the newest restaurants to join the local scene, Chrisovoulo comes with attitude. But it delivers: it conjures up the likes of quinoa salad, veal with morel sauce, and risotto with siglino (salted) pork from t…
Top Choice Cave in Lakonia

Kastania Cave

The extraordinary Kastania Cave, located at the end of a spectacularly winding 17km route northeast of Neapoli, contains some of the best examples of rare stalactites and stalagmites in Europe, estimated to be aroun…
Top Choice Mezedhes in Monemvasia

Voltes Mezedopolio & Grocery

Named after the switchback footpath leading to Monemvasia's upper kastro (the voltes), this wonderful eatery, run by two enthusiastic young brothers, manages to link modernity and tradition with ease. Choose from a …
Top Choice Taverna in Sparta

Tsipouradiko To Peninda

This atmospheric spot has been renovated to look like an old-style shop and tsipouradiko (a taverna that specialises in selling tsipouro, the alcoholic spirit) – barrels, china pieces and old cans line the walls. Th…
Top Choice Museum in Sparta

Museum of the Olive & Greek Olive Oil

This beautifully designed museum initiates you into the mysteries of the olive from its initial appearance in the Mediterranean in 60,000 BC to the present day. Learn about its immense importance in millennia of Gre…
Top Choice Wine Bar in Monemvasia

Wine Tasting Kamara

The home of Byron and Vivienne, this enchanting 11th-century wine cellar is decorated with souvenirs from a lifetime's travels. Get talking to the gregarious retired owners over a glass or two of Greek wine (from €4…
Taverna in Monemvasia

Marianthi

Run by 70-year-old Magda, who has been preparing and dishing up wonderful traditional cuisine for as long as she can remember. It doesn't have the outlook of the other restaurants as it's located on the main strip. …