Mystras and Sparti

Travel through the beautiful Taygetos mountains and situated on the lower slopes near Sparta, you will find the ruined Byzantine city of Mystras. Dominated by the Frankish Castle built in 1249, the ruined buildings and beautiful churches of the walled city spread out on the slopes with panoramic views of the valley below. The Palace of the Despots is being restored to former glory but the only inhabitants are the few nuns who still live and worship in the famous Pantanassa Monastery.