Stay in Sparta

November 4, 2015

I once heard Rick Steeve’s say “skip Sparta” on one his shows, but I couldn’t disagree more. Sparta is a wonderful place to pause, and appreciate ‘the real Greece’ that resides deep in a valley, unaffected by tourists. A great hotel, one I’ve stayed at for decades, is Hotel Menelaion.  Strategically located on the main strip through Sparta’s center (just look for the row of palm trees), this hotel has everything from a beautiful swimming pool, delicious daily breakfast (comes with the room) and a hop skip from the village square where everything takes place.

Ancient ruins are at your disposal, both at the town’s museum as well as a close drive to the castle of Menelaios (Lion’s Gate) and Epidauros. Also, the beaches of Mauvrovouni, outside Gythion are less than an hour’s drive.  Sparta’s town square often has art shows, dancing and live entertainment.  The shop owners are friendly, and a bi-weekly farmer’s market, called the ‘pazari’ takes pace on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Get there early! Crowds arrive quickly for the freshest fruits and vegetables in town!