The Byzantine city of Mystras

Mystras is situated on the slopes of Taygetos Mountain. The archaeological site stands above the modern village of Mystras and the city of Sparta. The greenery surrounding the area is composed mainly by pine trees and cypresses. Some small rivers and lakes are found in the region.

Mystras or Mistras is a fortified town and a former municipality in Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece. It served as the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea in the 14th and 15th centuries, experiencing a period of prosperity and cultural flowering. The site remained inhabited throughout the Ottoman period, when it was mistaken by Western travellers for ancient Sparta. In the 1830s, it was abandoned and the new town of Sparti was built, approximately eight kilometres to the east.

Tip #1: Hiking to Springs of Knokionas, in the village Trypi.

Tip #2: Lunch at restaurant "Chromata" at Pikoulianika village.

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