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Mystras

Sparta 23100, Greece
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Ranked #1 of 7 Attractions in Sparta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We arrived here early in the morning as part of the Cosmos tour. It was drizzling and there was cloud cover. it was incredible to know that people actually lived so high up in this mountain castle and to build it was a miracle indeed. The structures are fairly well preserved but the signage was bad from the top. I... More

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Dubai
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We visited Mystras at the first day of our vacation in Sparta. This was a very good start. We started at the bottom when all the way up with 2 small children. We started at 930 and it took us the entire morning. A must go!

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Zwolle, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We visited Mystras in a thunder storm and between rain fall we started at the castle which gives you breathtaking views and a good feel of the size of the place. We took our car down and visited the rest and despite the bad weather had a very good visit, liked the old churches and buildings you could visit. The... More

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Farmington, Connecticut
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21 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

After visiting the statue of Leonidas (of "300" fame) in nearby Sparta, we explored the ruins of Mystras. This old Byzantine city and fortress complex is built up the side of a steep hill and provides many examples of both Frankish and Byzantine architecture. You can even visit a working monastery where the few remaining nuns will sell you local... More

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Sydney, Australia
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29 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Day dreamer. Antelope Canyon There are lots of great places that area, so it wasn’t easy to choose. We decided for Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley after the Grand Canyon. We think that our choice was excellent, but of course, we don’t know, what we missed. Antelope Canyon is slot canyon just outside of Page, so very easily approachable. Because... More

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Melbourne
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79 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Mystra was a gobsmacking revelation during our backpacking days 34 years ago. Not surprisingly, this ancient place still retained its charms during our breeding cycle. Age has wearied us a little but the sprightly bones galvanized into action for the trek up to the Kasro for rewarding views and perspective on how Mystra came to be what it was and... More

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Renkum, the Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This is a special experience: walking through the remains of an ancient Byzantine "city/fortress" on a steep mountainslope with an amazing view over the valley of Sparta. Let your imagnation work on the ruins, helped by the excellent explanation signs on the site! Highly recommended for a couple of hours and take your best mountain walking shoes

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Oslo, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I love this medieval castle and fortress! It is absolutely amazing. The walk up might be a bit hard, but it is worth it when you get to the top. Amazing view! The fortress is so well preserved, and it almost took me right back to the 1200's. Free entrance for students. Bring water and shoes that are good for... More

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Edinburgh, UK
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29 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Leaving the car at our hotel in the New Town, our initially flat route took us past bountiess wild trees of fruit, their crop simply ripening and falling to earth. Limes and oranges; fat, juicy figs (which, as my wife correctly ascertained, would cost a fortune in M&S); and pomegranates. Only the olives, tree upon tree of olives, were short... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The World Heritage site of Mystras is several kilometers outside of Sparta. We visited as part of a group, and our coach took us to an upper entrance, from which we walked down through the site to the lower entrance. We did not climb up to the castle ruins that crown the hillside. We had a professional guide, who concentrated... More

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