The legendary city of Menelaus and the homeland of Leonidas may not be reminiscent of the Ancient Sparta in anything, but it is full of evidence that witness its majestic past. The new Sparta is built south of the center of the ancient city according to the neoclassical urban planning standards. Walk to the National Stadium to admire the statue of Leonidas, stroll until the park and climb up to the Acropolis of Ancient Sparta to enjoy sweeping views of the modern city from above. Also, do not miss to visit Leonidio, the emblem of modern Sparta that houses the tomb of Leonidas, at the north part of the city.
Visit the Archaeological Museum in the center of Sparta to explore unique exhibits from the Neolithic to the late Roman era. Discover the history of the olive oil from antiquity to the present days and learn everything you are curious to know in the Greek Olive Museum. If you are a fan of art, do not miss a visit to Koumantarios Art Gallery to admire the permanent exhibition of oil paintings by great European painters. Visit the awe-inspiring gorge of Kaiades in the lush village of Trypi, just 10 kilometers from the city of Sparta.
The wider area of the Kyniska Palace hotel is ideal for beautiful walks in nature, following the European path E4 that crosses the region of Laconia.
The section of E4 in the prefecture passes through traditional settlements, landscapes of unique beauty and important biotopes, offering unique experiences to all nature lovers. In the section of Lakonia the route of E4 follows AgiosPetros – Karyes – Vresthena – Theologos – Sparta – Mystras – Faneromeni Monastery – Anavryti – Lacomata – Taygetos Shelter – Pentavlou – AgiosDimitrios – Arna – Agia Marina – PanagiaGiatrissa – Kastania – Gythio.
Mystras – Monastery of Faneromeni – Anavryti – Lacomata
Crossing the gorge of Lagada, we reach the Monastery of Faneromeni and then Anavryti at 790 meters altitude. The journey takes about 2 and a half hours. From here, through an amazingly beautiful path that crosses cultivated lands and mountainous forests, we head to Lacomata at an altitude of 1280 meters. An information center is also located here. This part of the journey lasts 2 hours and 45 minutes and can be also done by car.
According to mythology, Taygetos borrows its name from Taygeti, one of the Atlantis, who was transformed into a deer from Artemis to escape from Zeus. The mythical mountain, also called Pentadactyllos, offers wonderful cobbled paths that start from the plain, as well as many demanding paths that lead to the tops of Koufovouni, Goupata, Neraidovouna, Koza, Spanakaki, Sidirokastro and ProfitisIlias, which is the highest point of the mountain and the entire Peloponnese.
Routes of unparalleled natural beauty, wild landscapes that enchant, historic destinations, orgasmic nature, great archaeological sites and museums, under the strong light of the Peloponnesian sun. Starting from your hotel in MystrasKyniska Palace, get in the car and start an unforgettable road trip to reveal the beauties of the area one by one. This is for sure an authentic Greek experience!Sparta and Mystras
From the legendary Sparta of Leonidas to the Byzantine castle town of Mystras, wonderful pictures and experiences await you a breath away from Kyniska Palace. Sparti is just 5 km away from the hotel, while Mystras, only a 5-minute drive away, will introduce you to its mystical vibes.