Beaches & Activities
In one of the most beautiful areas of the Peloponnese overlooking the magnificent rock of Monemvasia and the beaches of the Laconic Gulf, the countryside residence Laconia Domus is chosen for its convenient location, quality accommodation, and excellent value for money.
As an ideal base for excursions, it serves for short and long journeys to some of the most beautiful places of Laconia, such as Gytheion, Monemvasia, Neapoli [37.7 km], and Elafonissos! At the same time, there are many options for swimming on organized beaches not far from Laconia Domus. Water sports, horse riding, hiking, cycling, agritourism, sailing, fishing, archaeological trips, wine, and food tasting, and even exploring submerged ruins [of the ancient city of Asopos] are just some fun activities in this area.
With background the castle of Monemvasia, dives make a different sense, an eerie one. A small gate in the castle walls, the Portello, leads to a platform from where you can make your first dives. Outside the Castle, on the right, there is the shallow beach of Gefyra, while right in front of the Castle and to the left of the bridge, is the pebble beach Kakkavos, the main beach of Monemvasia.
Nearby you will find many more beautiful beaches, whose common point is the clear blue waters. One of the top choices is the sandy beach in Pori, 4 km north of the Castle, towards Sparta, which hosts sailboats and has many taverns overlooking the Myrtoan sea. At 6 km south of the Castle is the beautiful sandy beach of Xifias and, at about 6 km to Neapoli, you can find the beach Ambelakia with its fine pebbles.
An equally famous beach is Megali Ammos, between the villages of Paralia and Mitropoli, in Kyparissi. Do not get confused by its name (Megali Ammos in Greek means coarse sand); there, you will find white pebbles and shimmering waters. Hidden and protected from winds is Agia Kyriaki overlooking the mountain range of Parnon.
Lovers of deserted beaches will love Harachia beach, one of the largest in the Municipality of Monemvasia, which is accessible via the Provincial Road Elea-Daimonia, about 9 km from Laconia Domus. It is a long, beautiful golden sandy beach 3.5 km long and 30 m wide, with crystal clear waters & tamarisk trees, where the gorge of Ballis canyon ends. It is suitable for water sports [windsurfing], while there is a volleyball court, umbrellas, and sunbeds for a comfortable stay.
The Monemvasia Winery, in Velies of the municipality of Monemvasia, Laconia, has created an impressive vineyard of 300 acres, where award-winning wines of local varieties are produced, [106 gold, silver and bronze medals in International Wine Competitions and 1st prize for the “Best New Business” of the Peloponnese region].
Fine wine began to be produced in Byzantine Monemvasia from the 13th century and continued in Venetian-occupied Crete until the middle of the 17th century, gaining great fame in the foreign markets of East and West. Monemvasia Winery studies this long history, and it produces award-winning labels, maintaining and preserving the excellent wine production tradition that characterizes the region. You can visit the vineyard, buy branded quality bottled wines, and get acquainted with the history of the mythical sun-dried wine Monemvasia-Malvazia, as the Franks called the wine of Monemvasia.
The winery can be visited and offers tasting opportunities by arrangement. [Velies Monemvasia, Laconia, PC 23070 | T:.+30 27320-53096]
The prefecture of Laconia hosts 5 fascinating museums, four of which are located in Sparta.
- Archaeological Museum of Sparta [Lykourgou & Agiou Nikonos, 23100, Sparta]: You can visit seven rooms with findings of the Mycenaean (1600-1100 BC), the Geometric (900 BC-700 BC), the Archaic (700-480 BC), and the Roman period (30-324 BC) from the archaeological sites of the area and beyond the prefecture of Laconia.
- Museum of Modern Sparta [82, Lykourgou ave., 231 00, Sparta]: It provides information about the birth and evolution of the Laconian capital from 1821 to more recent times.
- Museum of Olive and Greek Oil of Sparta [129, Othonos-Amalias, 231 00, Sparta]: A museum dedicated to the culture, history, and technology of olives and olive production in Greece, from prehistoric times to the early 20th century.
- Archaeological Museum of Neapolis Voion [Voia, 230 53 Monemvasia]: You will admire sculptures, inscriptions, tombstones, vases from Naples, and other areas of the province of Epidavros Limira.
- Museum for the Promotion and Showcasing of Nautical Tradition of Vatika [Primary School of Neapoli]: Photographs and objects - mainly from private donations - that exhibit the naval history of the place are on display.