This archaeological site undoubtedly belongs to the “not to be missed” attractions of Peloponnese listed on the UNESCO heritage of humanity sites. It’s a deserted though intact byzantine town built uphill so be prepared for a good long walk uphill; it took us five hours to explore it, starting from the lower town to the ruined castle and back again. The main attraction are the many churches decorated with beautiful frescoes. A very well-spent morning!
The castle of Geraki, less than 40 kilometers from Sparta, is an archaeological site rarely visited and certainly not one of the most important. Not surprisingly, however, it is called the small Mystras. In addition to the fortified city, there are indeed a number of churches with restored frescoes of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries which are worth a visit if you are already nearby.
Last post on the Mani peninsula, more sea, a visit to Areopoli, the most important city of the peninsula and a couple of stopover points ideal for an overnight stay … ah, there is also a castle!