This small, majestic island on the southern edge of Peloponnese is considered to be one of the most famous touristic destinations for the summer period and its characteristics are the beautiful sandy beaches and the crystal waters. It was named Elafonisos (elafi=deer), after the plethora of red deer in the area. According to Pausanias, there were also a lot of sanctuaries dedicated to Goddess Artemis.
At the picturesque port of Elafonisos there are always ships coming and going.Only ten minutes away from Neapoli, this natural paradise reminding of the Caribbean, is easily accessible. The whole island has only two settlements, the first of which is Elafonisos, with the port, the fish taverns and the church of Saint Spyridon and the second one is Kato Nisi, with the beautiful beach of Panagia and the homonymous church.
However, the best beach on the island, responsible for its worldwide fame is Simos’ beach at the Saraniko bay. It is an endless, pure white, sandy beach with sapphire waters that is one of the most magnificent beaches of the Laconic Peninsula and the Mediterranean Sea as well.The sand dunes with the bushes, the cedar forest of the area and the rare habitats are protected by the NATURA and constitute the main characteristics of the area.
In Elafonisos you will find few rooms to let, but the majority of visitors choose the organized camping that is located behind the breathtaking Simos’ beach. In the summer, the beach is filled with visitors and it is also a very popular attraction for yachts and sailing boats. The small taverns at the port serve fresh, local fish, seafood and lobster spaghetti that can satisfy even the most demanding customer. Explore Simos’ cedar forest, enjoy the impressive sea bottom, the pure white, sandy beach and the way the sunlight hits the crystal waters.Except for Neapoli, Elafonisos is also connected coastally to Gytheio.
Parnonas also known as “Malevos” is the mountain range which divides two large counties of Peloponnese, Arcadia and Laconia. The highest peak of Parnonas is called “Megali Tourla” also known as “Kronio” and has 1936 meters altitude. The mountain ends in Laconia at the Cape Maleas, south of Peloponnese. The natural beauty of the mountain and the traditional villages attract many travelers... read more
The E-path starts at the Pyrenees of Spain, it crosses central Greece, and ends at Larnaka, Cyprus. The southern part of the path begins in Corinth and through Tripoli enters Laconia, crosses Parnon, Sparti and Mystras and climbs the slope of Taygetus and ends in Gytheio. The path follows the route Agios Petros – Karyes – Vresthena – Theologos – Sparti – Mystras – Faneromeni Monastery-... read more
The crystal clear waters of the Laconian Sea with its rich sea bed offer scuba divers great diving trips. Explore the diverse underwater flora in most of the beaches of the area. In the Laconia region autonomous diving is permitted at the Gulf of Epidaurus Limera that extends from Monemvasia and contains the shores of Myrtoo. In the Laconian gulf free diving is permitted south of cape Psifia, from... read more
This small, majestic island on the southern edge of Peloponnese is considered to be one of the most famous touristic destinations for the summer period and its characteristics are the beautiful sandy beaches and the crystal waters. It was named Elafonisos (elafi=deer), after the plethora of red deer in the area. According to Pausanias, there were also a lot of sanctuaries dedicated to Goddess Artemis. At... read more
The ancient people believed that at the end of Mani and of the mainland of Europe were the gates to the Underworld. The visitors can reach on foot the Cape Tenaro, which is filled with remains of antiquities, from the path starting from the little church of Agioi Asomatoi which was built using the stones from the Sanctuary of Poseidon Tenarios. If you walk east, you’ll find sculpted on the rock the Psychomanteion... read more
In a large seaside area that extends from Agia Marina and Agios Nikolaos to the Voies plain and Elafonisos, lies a rare natural phenomenon, the only one of its kind throughout Europe. It is of a rich geological museum of petrified tree trunks that date back to two or three million years. Among the finds are rare shell, algae and other sea creature fossils that complete the unique collection. The coasts... read more