Myrtoo Sea

Kiparissi - The romantic amphitheatre
 
Princess Diana had chosen to spend her last holidays in Kyparissi, mainly due to how naturally secluded it is and how romantically idyllic the landscape feels at dawn or sunset. Its original name in ancient times [Kyfanda: Bent and crooked] tells tales about its steep gorges, its bowed and curved mountains and hills.
On leaving the mountain behind you, on your way to the three suburbs – Vrysi, Mitropoli and Paralia, the magnificent view to Myrtoo Sea takes your breath away. You stand on what really is the best spot in the middle of a natural amphitheatre, facing a superbly set stage. Your eye goes from firs and cypress to white pebbles and sapphire waters in Megali Ammos, the biggest beach in Kyparissi. The colorful houses remind you those in Greek islands, the cafes will hospitably give you moments of relaxation and a string of churches or chapels are there to unravel their long history.
There are countless hiking routes, one of which will take you to the Cave of Mbambola, with four chambers of stalactites and stalagmites explored in 1960. In Vrysi you will marvel at Asklepieio, carved on a rock, you will visit the ancient city of Kyfanda and the small chapel of Madona of the Rock. In Paralia you will single out the Church of Agia Triada and the Metropolitan Church, of Evagelismos.
 
 
Gerakas - The Greek Fiord
 
In a tranquil recess of southeastern Laconia, Nature has done us all human mortals a favor, imaginatively creating with amazing surgical precision a fiord and a bay, cherished destinations for many touring boats in the summer. Gerakas and its Port, constitute one of the most picturesque villages in the Perfecture. The traditional houses with colors reminiscent of an island, fish taverns and the peaceful still waters of the lagoon, all add to a symphony orchestrated by a magnificent maestro.
Up on a hilly bulge overlooking the port you will find the relics of an ancient city, built by Zareka, a Lacedaemon hero. It is in that same spot that the fortress and the -- ακρόπολης of the city were built in the Hellenistic times. In the late ancient times a triclite Christian church was erected in the interior of the citadel. A big basilica, of early Christian times, came to light in southwest of Saint Athanasios church thanks to the excavations of Xyggopoulos.
 
 
 

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Where to stay

Studios Myrtoo
Kyparissi Laconia
Hotel Paraliako
Kyparissi Laconia