Laconia is a prefecture on mainland Greece which offers quiet and relaxing holidays in a number of historic towns including Sparta, the region's capital. Laconia is backed by the Taygetus, Arcadia and the Parnon Mountains and its southern shores border the Mediterranean and the Gulf of Laconia. It is a popular and pleasant region offering a taste of the "real Greece" with its citrus groves, olive trees and ancient history. The mountains offer hilly walking trails and caves with stalactites while the coast offers small bays and secluded havens with endless stretches of sand and crystal clear waters. There are a host of activities, sights and things to do when renting a Laconia villa or holiday rental.
The area of Laconia is known for its beautiful sandy coves and beaches. Some of the best beaches can be found at Kongtogoni and Kalogeras. The beach of Simos is famous for its sand dunes and cedars. The beaches of Mavrovouni and Selinitsa are where turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. Swimming and other watersports can be enjoyed in the clear waters.
The history around your Laconia holiday rental is quite amazing and each town has its own ruins and monuments to explore. The archaeological museums in the area hold a treasure trove of exhibits which have been excavated in this ancient region dating back to pre-Roman times.Nightlife
Laconia has an active nightlife with charming tavernas and bars providing food, music and entertainment. Dine in one of the fine restaurants or party the night away at one of the many clubs.
Sparta is arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Greece. It has more than three thousand years of history as well as parks, a castle and beautiful public. Visit the remains of the 5th century Acropolis, the Sanctuary of Artemis and the Sanctuary of Apollo or explore the remains of ancient civilizations which are now on display in local museums.Mystras
Mystras rises from the green valley like a grand Byzantine stronghold in miniature. The castle still has battlements and towers built in 1249 and views from its hilltop position across the churches and shells of ancient mansions are thrilling. The ruined palace is still quite impressive and the Monembassia Gateway and Lascaris Mansion reflect the wealth of a former era.Diros
History of a different type can be found in the Diros Caves where the underground river has hollowed out caves, now full of stalactites and stalagmites and colourful formations which formed over thousands of years.
The weather in Laconia depends upon the location. The coast has a Mediterranean climate with hot summers, mild springs and beautiful autumn weather. Summer average temperatures reach 29°C (84°F).The winters are mild and wet but on the high mountains there is considerable snowfall.
The nearest airport to Sparta, the capital of the Laconia region, is the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (LGAV) in Athens which is 52km (33 miles) away.