Kyparissi is a secluded paradise backed by the craggy slopes of Mount Parnon and fronted by the cobalt blue of the Myrtoan Sea. Home to about 400 people, it is tucked away on the east coast of the Peloponnese—between Leonidio and Monemvasia—at the end of a scenic mountain road. The time by car from Athens is about 4.5 hours. Until 1970, Kyparissi was only accessible by sea or on foot by walking down a long, steep mountain path. Then, the road connecting it to Sparta was completed. And what a road…the last 10km of the drive down to the village are through a scenic, dizzying road that snakes down through steep cliffs and lush ravines, enough to intimidate even those of us used to verticality.
Kyparissi is surrounded by consecutive belts of phenomenal limestone, and it has all the makings of an international climbing venue: Cliffs are abundant; their quality is exceptional; climbing conditions are usually perfect, especially in spring and autumn; touristic infrastructure is already in place; the setting is spectacular and authentic; and the locals, who are genuinely kind, would greatly welcome an extended tourist season.
Ierakas is a small village built along a natural fjord on the south east coast of Laconia, Greece. It is part of the municipal unit of Zarakas. Ierakas is famous for its port or Limani in greek, providing docks for yachts and boats. The port village includes a hotel, restaurants, taverns and cafés. Popular for their fresh fish and seafood throughout the year. Ierakas is the ancestral home of American actor Telly Savalas.
The Limani is also the location of the Zarax ruins.
Kyparissi and Ierakas aren’t accesible by big busses ( 50 seats and more),only by minivans or minibusses.