Top Attractions in Sparta
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- We arrived before the 8:30 AM opening, as this UNESCO site is only 7 km from our Sparti hotel. After paying $13 each, we began the torturous climb up and down the irregular cobbled path of this large 13th-15th C Byzantine site. The morning sun highlighted the beautiful architecture as we concentrated on visiting the open churches to see their interior paintings, passing all types of ruins in between. Later, we drove 2 km up the hill to visit the top half of this site parking near the shaded castle.
This is a difficult visit even for those dropped off at the top and hike down through the site.
The views to the valley below with its olive groves are mesmerizing.Written 11 April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Like the House of the Mosaics, this is another relatively recently added attraction for the visitor to Sparta. Olive Oil may not seem like an obvious subject for a museum, but when you visit you really do get a strong statement as to just how fundamental olive oil has been to life in the Mediterranean for thousands of years. We liked the fact that the museum depicted the technology behind the processing of olive oil, alongside its rich contribution to culture and religious beliefs – so the story of olive oil has many dimensions. The museum building is compact but spacious, light and airy: it tells a clear story of how olive oil became such a fundamental product and industry not just across the ancient world but right up to the present day. Excellent.Written 2 August 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Sparta is a relatively modern city, but one dominant image which is worth seeing is the statue of Leonidas, whose reputation largely rests on his role in the battle of Thermopylae, 480BC, when he led a diminutive force of Greeks against the overwhelming ranks of a huge Persian army Needless to say, Leonidas perished in this impossible task, and so has gone down in legend. The statue is suitably heroic and substantial, and it’s worth visiting in order to pay homage to a legendary Greek.Written 2 August 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- It's a fantastic place. Ideal for those wants relaxing holidays and love nature. There is a nice resort to stay overnight in Toriza.The best way to escape the summer heat in Greece.Written 16 August 2022
- Sparta was a significant city state in Ancient Greece, often at war with Athens to determine control of the Peloponnese. Unlike Athens, however, what you’ll find in Sparta today is a relatively modern city from the 19th century, built on a grid pattern with limited evidence of its famous past. However, some remains of the ancient city have survived – you’ll find them by turning left at the statue of Leonidas and following a road past what looks like a school. The site is quite extensive, and free to enter, and there are some interpretation panels to help you along the way. You’ll also see the remains of a Roman theatre down to the right as you work your way around, but there was no access that we could find.Written 2 August 2022
- There are some great mosaics and statues but the museum is a bit dated and not as impressive as other archaeological museums.Written 12 November 2020
- Took a taxi from Sparta,5min.to a small church. Then 15min walk up to top. Not much left of the Menelaion but beautiful view to Sparta and the mountains. No enterance fee. Nice spot in the springtime.Written 22 May 2019
- When I was a child in the seventies, I would visit family in Laconia for the summer. When I arrived at the old Athens airport, this was the road we would drive from Athens to Sparti. However in the 70’s the road was not paved! If you are driving to/from Athens to Mystra/Sparti or other areas, this is a lovely way to get there and the time is about the same as taking the new toll road.Written 8 July 2022
- Suppose, for example, that the city of Sparta were to become deserted and that only the temples and foundations of buildings remained, I think that future generations would, as time passed, find it very difficult to believe that the place had really been as powerful as it was represented to be. Yet the Spartans occupy two-fifths of the Peloponnese and stand at the head not only of the whole Peloponnese itself but also of numerous allies beyond its frontiers. Since, however, the city is not regularly planned and contains no temples or monuments of great magnificence, but is simply a collection of villages, in the ancient Hellenic way, its appearance would not come up to expectation. If, on the other hand, the same thing were to happen to Athens, one would conjecture from what met the eye that the city had been twice as powerful as in fact it is.~THUKYDIDES
And that is truly what happened, even though
the site was difficult to find it was still a nice experienceWritten 3 July 2022
- This gallery is a small gem. It is situated in one of the main roads of the city, just before you reach the statue of Leonidas and the Archaeological site.
The building is very impressive, one of the best examples of neoclassical architecture from the early 20th century.
The entrance fee is just 3 euros – and there is no fee for children, students or people over 65.
When we visited there was a temporary exhibition of beautiful post-byzantine icons, an interesting mixture of byzantine and western art, dating from the 18th and 19th century.
The staff was very polite and helpful when we asked about some other sites we wanted to visit.Written 17 June 2016
- We had the same experience of the previous reviewer. We visited the site today and parked the car in from of the gate. Even though the car was within our sight all the time, in the space of fifteen minutes one individual smashed a rear window of the car and stole two bags. The police came were promtply and tried to help. They went to talk to the people living in the Roma camp behind the site but nothing was recovered as a result. The local authorities must be aware of this problem and they ought, at the very least, place warning signs. Given the historical importance of the site, the state of degrade and abandon in which is currently being left is a real stain on both the Municipality and the Ephorate.Written 13 August 2022
- While being in Sparta as part of a larger off road tour, I had the privilege to meet Dimosthenis from Laconia Travel.
For the few days spent in the area, his company, knowledge on the local sights as well as his expertise made a huge difference in understanding the history of this part of Greece, enjoying Sparta and the surroundings as well as reaching some incredible places in Taygetos and Parnonas mountains.
One of the days we've been guided down to the amazing Ridomo gorge, a spectacular geological phenomenon. We've been walked through the narrow gorge and admired the old stone bridge arching over the high gorge walls.
Apart from the travel activities they organize, I must also mention the beautiful apartment we've been hosted in and which is a part of their rental collection.
So, should you happen to spend a few days or a whole vacation in Sparta or nearby, I highly recommend to contact LACONIA Travel & LACONIA Collection for a full accommodation - activities experience.Written 1 November 2021
- This was a fabulous experience.Dimitra's garden studio was a friendly environment where one becomes an artist. She was very helpful and friendly. The class was so relaxing and enjoyable. I also purchased a one of a kind mosaic art work and lamp at reasonable prices.
Definite highlight of the trip to Sparta.Written 27 June 2022
Frequently Asked Questions about Sparta
- The best day trips from Sparta according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Sparta/Acropolis & Medieval Mystras private tour from Athens, Nafplion(10 hours)
- Ancient Sparta & Mystras Private Day Tour from Athens
- Private Full-Day Thermopylae and Delphi Tour from Athens
- Sparta Full Day Tour
- Sparta - Bred for Battle! The legendary period!
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