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Reviewed November 7, 2013

We went to Sparta to see one of the most known Greek ancient cities ...and we run away quickly as it became ugly city with an monument of a Spartan. On our escape we ended up in Mystras where we planned to stay for one night but we stayed for 4 days - it was that nice.
We stayed in an old quite big probably not the most popular Hotel but we didn't regret - very nice service (a bit from other epoch thought - which was sweet), clean rooms, swimming pool, and help your self breakfast for 18 euros :)
Apart of the hotel - the town is not big, nice and calm with good atmosphere (but don't expect too many discoclubs ;) ). What you get outside the town is really amazing - the entire Byzantine city with remains of a castle on the top of the hill, plus beautiful hills, streams and forgotten shrines in the forests. Really worth going there to rest, re-group, hiking, or site-seeing.

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Reviewed November 5, 2013

Mystras reeks of history. It is the remains of a Byzantine city set in the hillside near Sparta in the Peloponnese in Greece. Built in the thirteenth century it is not as old as many of the Greek ancient sites but provides a fascinating view of life at the time. It is abundant with pretty tiled churches, many resplendent with frescos of various saints and, in the highest church, the famous fresco of Jesus. At five euros entrance it is a bargain. Being built on a hillside the going is very steep and, unfortunately, there is no café for sustenance inside the archaeological site. The inhabitants would not have needed gyms to keep fit. Just visiting your neighbour would be enough. The intricate stonework demonstrates the artistry of the masons of the time. There are no toilets within the site - they are situated just outside. The site gets very busy with bus loads of tourists, many from cruise ships. If you are travelling by your own transport it is worth parking at the bottom, walking up through the site and then returning via the road which is a bit farther in distance but a easy, gentle slope and you get to see (and photograph) the city against the backdrop of the mountainside whereas the views inside tend to be looking out onto the plain below. Parking is tight. We had to park on the road leading up to the top entrance just past the sharp right hand bend. The taverna just below the archaeological site has a massive, twisted tree trunk growing out of the floor in the middle of the terrace bar below the restaurant. The ten euro sandwiches are enough for two people and delicious.

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Reviewed November 4, 2013

Ancient Mystras is something that you MUST see if you travel to Peloponnese.

You will not be not disappointed by this magic place.

You need complete day to see both sites (town and up in the hill fortress).
Do not forget camera and photo to take great pictures on this place.

Fortress is something that you should leave for afternoon when temperature is less hot. Walking on stairs 30 min is much better when sun is not in the peak 1 to 4 pm....

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Reviewed October 23, 2013

I had never heard of Mystras nor had my partner although we had both been in Greece years ago. This is NOT an ancient Spartan ruin but started as a castle built in 1242 then taken over by the Byzantines twenty years later then eventually the Turks then after Greek independence it was eventually declared a heritage site and the last residents left in 1953.

You can start at the top and walk down in about two hours and get a taxi back up or do as we did, start at the top, walk half way down the hill then back up to the Fortress Gate then drive down to the Main Gate (which accepts tickets bought above) and work up to the middle then down.

A lot of the paintings from say 1500 have survived at least partially and there are no restrictions on photo flash or video.

Thank jmeem42016
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

We were staying locally at Guesthouse Mazaraki, so to visit ancient Mystras was a must. It is an amazing site and we spent a very happy 4 hours clambering right to the fortress at the top and down again to the myriad of churches and buildings. You need to have good legs and knees to do this, but it is so worth it.

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