Peloponesse lakes - Nafplio - Taygetos Mountain - Monemvasia - Sparta
Explore some of the most famous lakes in Greece. Discover the medieval atmosphere at Monemvasia and travel into the ancient Greece at famous Sparta. Lake Doxa is an artificial lake located at Feneo, Korinthias, at 1.100 m above sea level. In the middle of this beautiful lake you’ll see the church of Agios Fanourios. Stymfalia lake is very widely known since the mythological times. In this area,Heracles was send to fight the Stymfalian birds, one of the nine labors set to him by the King of Tyrins, Eurystheus.Monemvasia, the medieval town featuring superb architecture and cobbled streets, is an ideal getaway all year round. Its uniqueness and its fairytale atmosphere (the cliches I mentioned before) remain as true as ever. Even if you haven’t studied its history, you see it written on the walls around you.Sparta was a warrior society in ancient Greece that reached the height of its power after defeating rival city-state Athens in the Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.). Spartan culture was centered on loyalty to the state and military service. At age 7, Spartan boys entered a rigorous state-sponsored education, military training and socialization program.Let's begin our journey...
Drive in luxury through a beautiful road trip at canal of Corinth. The Corinth Canal is an important navigational route which once allowed ships to enter the Aegean Sea. Continue at lake Stymfalia where you can take some pics on this magnificent landscape, swim or just walk around. Just few km further we arrive at famous Doxa lake. Doxa lake is at 880 height and its small perimeter offers a unique chance to walk or cycle around it in order to get an Alpine feeling as the white mountain tops reflect on the usually calm lake's water. The small chapel on almost Doxa is the chapel of Agios Fanourios and somatimes at different spots it may seem as a small island. Continue though an off road route at Goura village where you can have a traditional meal and meet the heartful residents. Continue at beautiful Nafplio and to our resort. You can walk through its beautiful narrow alleys, view the wonderfull landscapes and enjoy a delicious traditional meal.
This morning after you have a tonic breakfast we drive to Astros. The coastal road that runs south from Nafplio, on the vest side of the Argolic bay, winds along beaches and mountains, interrupted by small villages. This is one of the most beautiful coastal scenery we know of in Greece. Paralio Astros is a really pretty beach and port village, with a long, beautiful sandy beach where you can swim, suntaned or enjoy a fresh beverage. In the north end of town a small hill rises up, with a castle on top. We continue though a beautiful off road route to famous medieval town of Monemvasia. Magical, mystical, extraordinary, breathtaking, immense, impressive. These are only some of the words people very often use in an effort to describe Monemvasia. The legendary lighthouse of Cape Malias, the petrified forest of Agia Marina, the exotic beaches of Elafonisos, the gate of Portelo with the harsh waves of the endless blue of the sea the peninsula of Monemvasia will blow your mind. Explore the fascinating mansions, the ornamented Byzantine churches and the narrow cobblestone alleys. The history of Monemvasia will travel you back in time through its prestigious fairytales and its medieval glory. Are you ready for a journey back to the medieval times?
This morning after you have a good breakfast we drive to ancient Epidaurus. Probably the most beautiful and best preserved of its kind, the theater of Epidaurus was built in the 4th century BC by Polykleitos the Younger. Due to its excellent acoustics and condition, the ancient theater is still used today. We dive into the history with a visit in the Archaeological Museum of Epidaurus. The museum is located in the archaeological site of the sanctuary of Asclepius. We continue though a beautiful off road route to Sparta and famous Mystra. In the center of the city is the Archaeological Museum. The ruins of ancient Sparta lie north of the city. Entering by the South Gate of the Acropolis, known as Lakedaemonia, there is the Rotunda, the Theatre and the Temple of Athena Chalkioikos to the West. Continue to Mystras, the 'wonder of the Morea', was built as an amphitheatre around the fortress erected in 1249 by the prince of Achaia, William of Villehardouin. Reconquered by the Byzantines, then occupied by the Turks and the Venetians, the city was abandoned in 1832, leaving only the breathtaking medieval ruins, standing in a beautiful landscape.
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