Introducing Mystras

Nestled amongst olive groves and orange trees, the abandoned city of Mystras is one of the most picturesque archaeological sites in Greece. Amble down its cobbled streets, immersing yourself in Ancient Greek culture. Take a day trip to nearby Sparta. Or simply explore the rugged countryside, savouring delicious Greek food along the way. 


Things To Do

As a lasting example of Byzantine culture, Mystras is as enchanting as it is eerie. Discover the Helladic architecture that inspired the rest of the Mediterranean world and beyond. Wander to the Mitropolis to take in the attractive courtyards and marble ornaments of the grand cathedral. Or hike up to the fortress, camera at the ready, for breath-taking views across the Lakonia plain. 

Today, the only residents of Mystras are the nuns who care for the abandoned city. Visit their home, the Convent of Pantanassa, an elaborate yet understated building featuring 15th-century frescoes. Or take an atmospheric stroll around nearby ancient Sparta, where the remains of the Sanctuary of Artemis can be found.


A stay in the Peloponnese means you’re never far from delicious Greek food, whether it’s served on the street or in a family-run taverna. Snack on pitas or dolmadakia (stuffed vine leaves) from the stalls in Sparta’s Lower Town. Graze on traditional Greek meze, or satisfy bigger appetites with freshly-made souvlaki. As the sun sets over the valley, sit back with a refreshing glass of local wine.


Top Tip from SLH

Local olive oil and herb-scented olives make the perfect souvenirs for your suitcase.