“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

- Margaret Atwood

Plethon

Seasons

April is the cruelest month of the year 

T.S. Eliot

… but spring is definitely the most interesting month to discover in the area. The temperatures are modest, the slight orange blossom breeze in the air and fresh bulbs and wild flowers provide a tapestry of wonders. The sites are less populated and quiet walks around the area are quite pleasant. Ask us about the olive grove underneath the Roman Theater which bears centennial trunks.

A car and a fifteen minute drive from the grounds travels you to another place and time. The gorge of Knakion, with its crystal waters is a hidden gem of the area tucked under the mountain ridges of mount Taygetus. Kids just love jumping into it’s water holes, it is a attractive a during the summer heat.

Temperatures in the summer can be pretty intense so ask us to pack for you a pic nic basket with fresh watermelon and iced mint tea. Should you require a light lunch, we can look up our options of fresh pesto pasta from our basils or other seasonal produce.

The ravine of the Lady in the Cave is another landmark of the area. A huge grotto and an encrusted little church offer a nice repose and mountain tranquility. The trail commences at the village of Parori and is suitable for most hikers.

Summer is of course high season and the sea is calling. Most beaches are just a 40 min drive away and you will discover a variety of choices. We can also suggest isolated coves for your day trip and tavernas that serve fresh fish.

Autumn, is again a canopy of colors. Both mountains surrounding the valley of Sparta, offer different routes and trails. Cyclamens, crocuses and daffodils are predominant in the quiet trails around the residence. The land is ploughed, wood is tailor stacked for the winter ahead. Swimming in the sea is at its best since the temperature of the water is still warm and the beaches are less populated.

Winter, is reserved for hibernation: snuggling up to the fireplace, diving in our books and remaining put. Time to digest the year and make plans for next spring.

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Gorges and Ravines

A car and a fifteen minute drive from the grounds travels you to another place and time. The gorge of Knakion, with it’s crystal waters is a hidden gem of the area tucked under the mountain ridges of mount Taygetus. Kids just love jumping into it’s water holes, it is a attractive alternative during the summer heat.

The ravine of the Lady in the Cave is another landmark of the area. A huge grotto and an encrusted little church offer a nice repose and mountain tranquility. The trail commences at the village of Parori and is suitable for most hikers.

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