Arrive at Sparta and settle to your hotel in Mystras.
Spend the rest of your day, sightseeing hiking the Mystra Byzantine citadel.
Mystras or Mistras (Greek: Μυστράς), is a fortified medieval town in Laconia, Peloponnese, Greece. Situated on the slopes of Mt. Taygetos, near ancient Sparta, it served as the capital of the Byzantine Despotate of the Morea in the 14th and 15th centuries, experiencing a period of prosperity and cultural flowering. The site remained inhabited throughout the Ottoman period, when it was mistaken by Western travelers for ancient Sparta. In the 1830s, it was abandoned and the new town of Sparti was built, approximately eight kilometers to the east. The archaeological site stands above the modern village of Mystras and the city of Sparta. The forests surrounding the area are composed mainly of pine trees and cypresses. Many small rivers are found in the region.
Inside the citadel, the dense network of cobblestone streets makes it impractical to follow detailed route instructions however on average and based on our gpx route
- 4 km to Citadel, plus 2.7km downhill path (with direct return to the site entrance)
- 2 hours uphill, plus 1 hour downhill (excluding the time stopped in monuments)