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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…
Museum in Sparta

Archaeological Museum

Sparta’s old-style archaeological museum hosts artefacts from Sparta’s illustrious past, many unlabelled and most without any protective covering. You may spot a votive sickle of the kind that Spartan boys dedicate…
Sports in Sparta


This gruelling annual foot race takes place over the 246km between Athens and Sparta. It follows in the footsteps of Pheidippides, the messenger who ran from Athens to Sparta in one day in 490 BC, to ask for the Spa…
Taverna in Sparta


This atmospheric spot has been renovated to look like an old-style shop and tsipouradiko – traditional barrels, china pieces and old cans line the walls. There's an amazing backyard and all sorts of nooks and cranni…
Mediterranean in Sparta


This homey, friendly restaurant is a cut above Sparta's largely uninspiring taverna scene. Greek standards are present and correct, but there are also lovely salads, pastas and an extensive seafood menu; shrimp saga…
Greek in Sparta

Dionysos Garden

Around 1.2km on the road to Mystras, this tranquil restaurant is appropriately festooned with greenery. There may be a shortage of frolicking nymphs and satyrs, but you will find a large selection of well-executed …
Gallery in Sparta

Koumantarios Gallery of Sparta

An annexe of the National Art Gallery, the quaint Koumantarios art gallery holds a permanent collection of around 40 paintings on a rotating basis, plus temporary exhibitions.
Ruins in Sparta

Ancient Sparta

Few buildings dating back to the height of Sparta's greatness have been left standing. Still it's worthwhile to wander to the north end of town to see the ruined theatre and the Sanctuary of Athena Halkioitou agains…
Archaeological Site in Sparta

Ancient Theatre

From the main cobbled road, signs point left (west) through olive groves to the 2nd- or 3rd-century-BC ancient theatre, the ancient Sparta's most discernible ruin. You'll find a reconstructed plan of the theatre at …
Monument in Sparta

King Leonidas Statue

The King Leonidas statue stands belligerently in front of a soccer stadium.