Strongyli Lagoon

Strongyli Lagoon is right next to Pounda beach, opposite Elafonisos and Pavlopetri. It’s an important biotope, an extension of the wetlands of Maganos and Neratziona, part of a NATURA 2000 area, a stop-over site for migratory birds and the home of rare flora. An endangered species of cedar tree also survives here. The whole area […]

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Castle of Agia Paraskevi at Mesochori

Built during the late Byzantine era (13th – 14th century) οn a steep rock, the Castle of Agia Paraskevi stands proudly above the Vies plain. Due to its strategic location, the castle used to control the roads around Neapoli. Nowadays, this site impresses visitors with its sweeping views of the Laconian Gulf. During the years […]

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Petrified Forest of Aghios Nikolaos

The petrified forest on the coast not far from the village of Aghios Nikolaos is included in the Aegean Geological Monument Atlas and justly claims its place in Europe’s Geopark Network. At the coastal settlements of Aghia Marina, Korakas and Spitha, these fossils bear silent witness to their long-lost time. According to a study by […]

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Monasteries of Cape Malea

Aghia Irini The little white church of Aghia Irini, perched near tip of Cape Maleas on its western side, was built on the ruins of an older monastery. The altar screen is decorated with icons by the monk Nestor Vasalakis. Beside the church are monks’ cells, once part of the monastery complex and now available […]

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