Sparta, a place of special beauty with a history that gets lost through the centuries
On the outskirts of Taygetos, intertwined with eternal glory and honor, you will find the emblematic Sparta. A place that will surprise you with its authentic natural beauty, the alternation of its landscapes, the important monuments and sights and the glorious past. In Sparta, you will follow the footsteps of King Leonidas and Emperor Constantine Paleologos, you will see castles and palaces that will take you to another era, you will get to know the modern city, you will explore the nature that surrounds it and you will discover charming villages that preserve their traditional color.
Visit the Acropolis of Sparta to find traces of its majesty. In the city center you can visit the Archaeological Museum, the Museum of Olive and Greek Oil.
Extremely interesting are the archeological sites of Menelaus and the sanctuary of Orthia Artemis, which are not far from the city center. To the north of Sparta you can admire Leonidio while around Sparta you can visit the picturesque villages of Chrysafa, Georgitsi, Loganikos, Kastri and Anavryti.
Perched on the slope of Taygetos, 5km from the city of Sparta, rises the castle city of Mystras. Take a tour to its stone cobbled streets and travel to the glorious past of the Byzantine Empire.
It is worth exploring the imposing Taygetos, one of the largest mountains in Greece. Explore its forests, gorges and beautiful villages.
Enjoy the excellent local cuisine in Sparta
Sparta has a rich gastronomic tradition, full of local recipes and pure local products.
Be sure to try: siglino (salted pork), generally pork in all its forms (piglet, sausage, etc.), smoked trout, rafiolia, homemade pasta, the famous lupikia and traditional spoon sweets.
Leaving Sparta, do not forget to take with you local products such as quality organic olive oil, olives from small producers, Taygetos honey, chestnuts, walnuts from Georgitsi and Kastoreio, liqueurs, ouzo and wines from local companies.
Best time to visit Sparta
In all four seasons, Sparta is wonderful and waiting for us to discover it!
How to use transportation in Sparta
Transfer from/to Sparta
Sparta does not have an airport. However, you can fly to the airport of Kalamata either from the airport of Athens (duration about 55 minutes) or from the airport of Thessaloniki (duration about 1 hour and 10 minutes).
Kalamata Airport is 90 km from the city of Sparta. Access to/from the airport can be made by bus, taxi or rental car.
You can go to Sparta by bus from Athens (duration about 3 hours and 30 minutes). To get there by car, the distance from Athens is 220 km and from Thessaloniki is 700 km.
Unfortunately, Sparta does not have public transport. You must have your own car. Alternatively, you can rent a car in the city.