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Archeology

The Peleponnese has a lot of ancient sites that are within a day's distance from Stoupa. How about Olympia, Mystras, Sparta, Monemvasia and Ithomi as a few examples?

If you enjoy visiting some of the ancient sites in the area then there are several possibilities. You can book an organised trip at one of the agencies in Stoupa, Agios Nikolaos and Kardamyli. They will bring you to the site and home again.

There is usually a guide who can explain more about the site and often a meal is included. Another option is to go there yourself. This will give you more freedom and will cost less but if you want a guide you will have to arrange for one yourself. There are a number of sites that you can each visit in a day.

Archeology

The Peleponnese has a lot of ancient sites that are within a day's distance from Stoupa. How about Olympia, Mystras, Sparta, Monemvasia and Ithomi as a few examples?

If you enjoy visiting some of the ancient sites in the area then there are several possibilities. You can book an organised trip at one of the agencies in Stoupa, Agios Nikolaos and Kardamyli. They will bring you to the site and home again.

There is usually a guide who can explain more about the site and often a meal is included. Another option is to go there yourself. This will give you more freedom and will cost less but if you want a guide you will have to arrange for one yourself. There are a number of sites that you can each visit in a day.

Mystras archeology

Mystras

This Unesco World Heritage Site was founded in 1205 and is definitely worth a visit! Mystras is an abandoned fortified town on Mt. Taygetos and of great value as part of Byzantine history and art. It is close to Ancient Sparta. You can explore all the empty houses and churches and imagine how people used to live there. Mystras consists of three parts. The lower and middle city form the Byzantine city, the upper city leads to the oldest part and Villehardouin's castle.

Getting there: Mystras is signposted in and around Sparti. From there it's about 6 km's driving from the plains towards the mountains. You will see Mystras perched on the mountain slope overlooking the valley.

Ithomi

Ithomi is appr. 1,5 hours from Stoupa, just outside the village of Mavromati. This is the site of ancient Messene that was built in 369 B.C.. For centuries the Messinians had been unwilling subjects of Sparta. Then in 371 B.C. Sparta was overpowered by Thebes and the Messinians could build their own city. In doing so they took extra care in finding the right location where they could easily see enemies approaching. They also built a huge wall that is 9 kilometers long and that you can still see snaking across the countryside. Archeologists are still working on the site and have done so for the past 15 years. Messene is now one of the best laid-out sites in Greece. It has two theatres, a stadium, an agora, a roman villa with mosaics and more. Too much to see everything in one visit. And most surprising: entrance is free, although I don't know for how long. There is a museum outside the grounds. When you've finished exploring and are ready for a drink, go back to the village of Mavromati. From the restaurant there you have a perfect view of the whole terrain! Getting there: From Stoupa you drive North to Kalamata. In Kalamata head for the direction of Athens and the Kalamata Airport. After passing the airport continue to the town of Messini. Take a right at the first roundabout in Messini and follow the signs for Ithomi/Messene/Mavromati (forgot which one but it's easy to find!).

Ithomi, near Stoupa