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Mystras, Sparta

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Uninhabited for nearly 200 years, Mystras is a fortified town with a long history. In 1249, William of Villehardouin commissioned the castle to be built atop a large hill that overlooked the town. For many years, the castle passed hands as the town fell victim to siege after siege by various ancient civilizations. Despite a revolving ownership, the town often played a central political and cultural role, from acting as the seat of the Byzantine military governor to being the capital of the Despotate of Morea. Wander through the ruins of the ancient city, and enjoy the views of Sparta below. Put Mystras and other Sparta attractions into our Sparta itinerary builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This site is much larger than you might expect. If you have a car it is best visited from both the top and the bottom (perhaps with a break for lunch in the nearby village). Tickets grant access to bo...  more »
  • Loved our hike. Take sun block, good hiking shoes and a hat. Moderate difficulty on top. We took the top entrance first, S the hike was much more strenuous. We then drove down the hill to view the mai...  more »
  • Mystra is an old ruined city with several lovely Byzantine churches. The best time to go is in early spring when the wild flowers are stunning and there are fewer visitors. We were there thirty years ...  more »
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  • Beautiful place with awesome service! Make sure you avoid google maps GPS because it will bring you through a narrow alley up a hill on a road that is barely passable!
  • Absolutely amazing. This is a paradise to rest, you will be surrounded by mountines and very close to the castlea and the plaza. The hotel itself is a piece of ancient art, the ceilings, the ample rooms, the bathrooms, you'll love everything. Mary and Maria are extraordinarily kind and will take care of everything. The breakfas is delicious. There's a lot to park just in front of the hotel.
  • Friendly place, great hospitality!
  • Excellent hotel, quiet location, beautiful surroundings.. wish we could of stayed longer
  • Nice view