Euphoria Retreat

Excursions

Historic Day Trips

After Inner Discovery Comes Outer Explorations

Plenty of excursions are available for guests thirsty for adventure. Beyond the valley lies modern Sparta, just south of the ruins of the ancient city of the same name that gave birth to so many legends of fearless courage. Some believe that the bones of the kings of Sparta and the heroes of Thermopylae lie buried here, while the bust of Leonidas – the most famous king of the militarist city state – dominates the front of the National Stadium. Nearby, the ancient acropolis and the Roman theatre are also worth visiting, as is the city’s Archaeological Museum. The Theatre of Epidaurus, 150km northeast, is another local highlight. One of the most impressive theatres of ancient Greece, built in the 4th century BC, and praised for its symmetry and beauty, it seats a maximum of 14,000 spectators (which gives you an idea of its size), and was even used as a means to heal patients, since there was a belief that the observation of dramatic shows had positive effects on mental and physical wellbeing. The amphitheatre, whose acoustics need to be heard to be believed, is still used for moonlit summer shows and Greek soprano Maria Callas has performed here. Meanwhile, just inland from Epidaurus is Mycenae, another landmark Unesco World Heritage Site which showcases the most lavish, palatial centre of the Late Bronze Age in Greece. And to the west explorers will find Ancient Messene. Dating from the 4th-century BC, and no more than a green valley 40 years-ago, gradual excavations have revealed an archaeological site in excellent condition and fully accessible to visitors. Other excursions to the historical landmarks of Arcadia, Olympia, Epidaurus and Monemvasia, are all within a few hours’ drive.

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ELAFONISOS

The Ideal Beach Escape.

A tiny island, with just one village, famed for its golden sands and crystal-clear
waters. A secret gem which perfectly combines a feeling of exploration and
relaxation.

MONEMVASIA

A Castle Town known as the Gibraltar of the East.

The Old Town and the Castle of Monemvasia have been entirely carved into the
slopes of a huge rock that stands into the sea, offering breathtaking views. Explore
restaurants, shops and some nearby beaches.

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MYCANAE

One of the most significant archaeological destinations in Greece.

A UNESCO World Heritage site – the most important, and lavish palatial centre of the
Late Bronze Age in Greece: Homer’s “gold-rich Mycenae”. Wonderful.

EPIDAURUS

A UNESCO world heritage site theatre.

One of the most beautiful, ancient, and open-air theatres in the world. Built around
340-BC it combines perfect acoustics, elegance, and symmetrical proportions. A
world class attraction.

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